Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when should I register the birth?

After the arrival of a new baby, it is a legal requirement to register the birth within 42 days by personal visit to the register office for the district where the birth occurred. If you decide to give a declaration of the birth to a registrar in another district registering will take several days longer. This is because the registrar will need to forward your information to the district where the birth took place in order for the registration to take place – and it is from here that the birth certificate will be sent to you.

If you don't speak English very well, please bring a friend or relative to help interpret for you.  The interview will last about a half hour once you are with the registrar.