Register a birth

A birth must be registered within 42 days of the child being born.

You should do this at the register office for the area where the baby was born.

If you can't register the birth in the area where the baby was born, you can go to another register office and they will send your details to the correct office. In these circumstances you will not receive the birth certificates on the same day.

Full details about registering a birth, including who can register the birth, is available on the GOV.UK website.

Information you need when registering a birth

To register the birth, you will need to know:

  • place and date of birth
  • name, surname and sex of the baby
  • mother's full name and maiden name, if married
  • mother’s job
  • mother’s address
  • mother’s date and place of birth

If you want the father's details to be included, we will need to know:

  • father's full name
  • father's place and date of birth
  • father's job
  • father's address

If the parents are not married or in a civil partnership, both must attend the registration appointment.

Book an appointment to register a birth

You will need to book an appointment to register a birth. 

Tel: (020) 8825 7272 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm)