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


Same-sex female parents

Married or civil-partner parents

Either parent can register the birth on their own if both of these statements are true:

  • the mother has a child by donor insemination or fertility treatment
  • she was married or in a civil partnership at the time of the treatment

Unmarried, non-civil-partner parents

When a mother is not married or in a civil partnership, her partner can be seen as the child’s second parent if both women:

  • are treated together in the UK by a licensed clinic
  • have made a ‘parenthood agreement’

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.

For both parents’ details to be recorded on the birth certificate, they must both sign the register.

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