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


Opposite-sex parents

Married or civil-partner parents

Either parent can register the birth on their own. They can include both parents’ details if they were married or in a civil partnership when the baby was born or conceived.

Unmarried, non-civil-partner parents 

The details of both parents can be included on the birth certificate if they both sign the birth register.

During the telephone appointment, the registrar will need to speak to both parents. In exceptional circumstances, if the parents are at separate locations, the registrar can arrange to call each parent separately.

If the unmarried mother attends alone, the father will not be named on the birth certificate. But he can be added at a later time by Re-registering the birth.

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