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 GOV.UK.

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.

Please note the following hospitals are not based in Ealing, so will have to apply to the relevant borough listed below:

  • Queen Charlottes (and Chelsea) Hospital - Hammersmith and Fulham Council
  • Northwick Park Hospital - Brent Council
  • West Middlesex Hospital - Hounslow Council
  • Hillingdon Hospital - Hillingdon Council

During the current coronavirus situation, we regret that we are unable to offer birth declarations due to service restrictions. Therefore if the birth occurred in a borough that is not Ealing, you will need to register the birth in the district where it occurred. Please see above.

To book an appointment to register a birth which occurred within the borough of Ealing, please use the contact Ealing Register Office form and select register a birth. A member of the team will call you to arrange a birth appointment.