The birth must be registered within 42 days of the birth of your child.
The birth should be registered in any of the offices within the district where the birth took place. If this is not possible, you may go to any Register Office in England and Wales to give information for the registration, but the birth will not be registered there. This information will be sent to the office where the birth took place and once they have registered the birth a free short birth certificate will be forwarded to you. If you wish to purchase a full birth certificate at your appointment, you will need to bring a cheque/postal order so that this can be forwarded to the relevant office.
If the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth, either the mother or father can register the baby. If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth the father's details can only be entered in the register in the following circumstances:
- where the mother and father attend together before the registrar to register the birth
- where the father is unable to attend with the mother, it is possible for him to make a legal declaration in front of a solicitor confirming that he is the father (copies of this form can be obtained from any registrar in England or Wales), which the mother should give to the registrar
- where the mother is unable to attend the office with the father, it is possible for her to make a legal declaration, confirming the name of the father (copies of this form can be obtained from any registrar in England or Wales), which the father should give to the registrar
- where either parent has obtained a relevant court order this should be given to the registrar who will advise you further. Remember that you must still register, your baby within 42 days
When attending to register you will be asked questions regarding names, dates, addresses and places which will feed into the register entry.
To help ensure the accuracy of the information recorded it would be useful if you could bring supporting documentation with you. For example passport, driving licence, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates.
Do not worry if any of these documents are not available as the registrar can still proceed to register the birth.
Examples of acceptable documents:
- council tax bill
- driving licence
- all marriage/civil partnership certificates
- birth certificate
- deed poll
The Registrar will ask you for the following information:
date and place of birth
full name of child
full names of the child's parents
mother's maiden name (if applicable)
address of child's parents
occupation of child's parents
child's parents dates and place of birth and date of marriage (if applicable)
The registration will cost nothing and you will receive a free birth certificate which shows:
- the baby's name
- date of birth
- whether your baby is a boy or girl
- district of birth
If you would like a certificate which shows all the details recorded in the register, you can buy, one. The Registrar will advise you of the fees involved and this can be issued at the Registration at which time, you are also given the option to buy an extra short certificate. You can buy certificates at a later date but they will cost more - again, the Registrar will advise you of the fees.
A stillbirth must be registered in any of the offices within the district where the event took place normally within 42 days.
For further information contact the Superintendent Registrar on 0300 300 8089 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Re-registration of a birth can only occur in the following circumstances:
to add the father's details if he wasn't present at the registration
if parents marry each other after the birth of a child
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