Frequently Asked Questions

When do I get the birth certificate?

After giving the registrar all the necessary information, you will be asked to check the record carefully and sign it before being given, free of charge, one short birth certificate carrying details of the baby's name, sex and date and district of birth.

Full birth certificate(s) containing all the information in the register, and further short birth certificates, are also available to buy. Please request these when you see the registrar. The fee is £3.50 for each certified copy. After the register containing your child's entry is completed, the fee rises to £7.50 per certificate.

Parental responsibility
The mother of a child, and the father if he is married to the mother,  automatically have parental responsibility. Where the parents are not married to each other, the father will acquire parental responsibility if he acts with the mother to have his name recorded in the child's birth registration after 1st December 2003.

An unmarried father can also obtain parental responsibility by later marrying the child's mother, by making a parental responsibility agreement with her, or by getting a court order. You may wish to consider this if you have other children.

If you need further information or advice, you should telephone Parentline Plus  on 0808 800 2222 or get legal advice.