Make an appointment

You must register a birth within 42 days.

To make an appointment to register a birth, call the Register Office. 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 (Gov.UK).

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 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