Registering a birth


Birth registration

You should make arrangements to register as soon as possible after the birth.

Your registration interview will be by telephone

  • The registrar will call you on the phone number you provide when you book your appointment.
  • This call may come from a ‘withheld’ or ‘unknown’ number.
  • Although we will try to call you at the appointment time, we may call up to 30 minutes before or after the arranged time.
  • If you miss your call, the registrar will try again up to 3 times.
  • If something happens which prevents you from being able to answer, or you need to change your appointment, call us on 0345 60 80 198.
  • The registrar will arrange a time for you to visit the Register Office, to 'Check and Sign' the register page.

Your 'Check and Sign' appointment 

  • Your appointment to sign the register will take place with social distancing measures in place.
  • You will need to bring a blue or black biro/ball point pen to sign with.
  • In line with Government guidelines, face coverings must be worn by all visitors to our Register Offices. You may be asked to temporarily remove your face covering for identification purposes.

Order birth certificates online, after the page is signed.

Child Benefit and Universal Credit

After registering the birth, you can make a claim for these benefits:

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