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Register a birth


When you have a baby you need to register the birth.

You must register before 42 days or 6 weeks.

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You should register the birth in the area the baby was born.

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The Registrar will ask you:

  • when the baby was born
  • where the baby was born
  • the sex of the baby
  • the baby’s full names and surname

They will also ask you questions about you and your partner, like what your names are and what you do

Who can register a birth?


If you are married or in a civil partnership, either parent can register the birth.

If you are not married, then the mother needs to register the birth.


When you register the birth, you can buy a birth certificate.

A birth certificate costs £4 if you get it on the day of registration.


To book an appointment, please call us on 01344 352000.