Register a birth

Overview

You must register the birth within 42 days of the child being born in the district where the birth occurs.

If this is not possible, you can go to any Register Office in England and Wales to give information for the registration. The birth will not be registered there.

This information is 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 or postal order so that this can be forwarded to the relevant office.

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