Register a birth

Book an appointment to register a birth

You can visit any of our four offices to register the birth of your baby.

Book an appointment

Registration is free and you can buy a birth certificate at the time of registration, if your baby was born in Central Bedfordshire.

Who needs to be at the registration?

If the parents were married or in a civil partnership at the time of the birth, either the mother or father can register the baby.

If the parents were not married or in a civil partnership 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