Register a birth

Registering a birth

You must register a birth within 42 days.

To make an appointment to register a birth, call 020 8921 5015. You can usually get an appointment within two weeks.

If you want to re-register a birth to amend a birth record, you need to read the guidance on re-registering a birth.

Who can register a birth

If the mother and father are married, either parent can register the birth on their own.

If the mother and the father aren't married and one of the parents can't go to register the birth, the absent parent must complete a statutory declaration of parentage form.

You must get the form witnessed by a solicitor, a justice of the peace or a magistrate and then present it to the registrar at the registration.

If both parents are female, either parent can register the birth if the partners were in a civil partnership at the time of fertility treatment and both consented to treatment.

If the parents are both female and were not in a civil partnership but have a 'legal parenthood agreement', both parents need to attend the registration.

What to take to your appointment

You'll need to take the following to your appointment:

  • the red book issued to you at the hospital
  • your passport, driving licence or birth certificate
  • your marriage certificate - if you're married
  • deed poll documents - if you've changed your name by deed poll

You'll need to provide the following details at the appointment:

Details of the baby

  • the date, time and place of the birth
  • the baby's sex
  • the forenames and surname.

Details of the mother

  • the mother's full name (and maiden name if married) 
  • the mother's date and place of birth
  • the mother's current occupation
  • the mother's address.

Details of the father

  • the father's full name
  • the father's date and place of birth
  • the father's current occupation
  • the father's address (if different from the mother's address)

What happens next

You'll be given one copy of the short birth certificate. If you want to buy a full birth certificate at the time of registration, it'll cost £4 for each copy.

If you want to buy additional copies of the full birth certificate after the registration, it'll cost £10 for each copy.

Request a copy of a birth certificate

Contact the Register Office

Births, Deaths and Marriages,
Woolwich Town Hall,
Wellington Street,
Woolwich SE18 6PW.

Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

020 8921 5015

Learn more: Maternity and paternity benefits

If you're expecting a baby, you may also wish to find out more about the benefits available to new families.

Benefits for families expecting a baby