Registering a birth

We are currently experiencing very high demand for our services.

If you cannot find a birth registration appointment at your preferred location, please try again at a later date or consider registering at one of our other register offices.

If there are exceptional circumstances which require you to register a birth urgently, please contact 0345 60 80 198

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.
  • We require all visitors to our Register Offices to continue to wear a face covering in public areas and ceremony rooms (unless exempt).

Order birth certificates online, after the page is signed.

Child Benefit and Universal Credit

You can currently make a claim for these benefits before registering the birth:

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