Register a birth | Central Bedfordshire Council

Register a birth

Book an appointment to register a birth

Appointments are currently only being held at our register office in Ampthill. You must book an appointment in advance, as there is no public admittance to the register office without an appointment.

Book an appointment

Telephone: 0300 300 8089

Your appointment

What to do when you arrive

When you arrive:

  • please don't be early for your appointment
  • use the intercom system to the right-hand side of the reception doors; you will be directed from there
  • use the hand sanitizer available when entering the building

Who's allowed inside

Only one person is allowed. If both parents legally need to attend, we'll see you one at a time.

Find out more about who can attend.

Please note: You don't need to bring your baby with you.

Safety measures

Perspex screens have been installed in each office for your safety and the safety of our staff.

Please do not come to an appointment if you are unwell. We are happy to postpone the appointment until a later date, so call us on 0300 300 8089 to re-schedule.

Buying certificates

We can't supply certificates at the appointment. They cost £11 each and you can request them online, after the birth has been registered.

Find out how to request certificates online.

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

Registering a birth elsewhere in England and Wales

If the birth did not occur in Central Bedfordshire, but you live in this area, you can give the information to one of our registrars who will send the details to the registrar in the district where the birth occurred. Our registrar will not be able to issue you with a certificate, as this is the responsibility of the registrar to whom the information is being sent, but will be able to give you details of how to apply for a certificate once the birth is registered.