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

Where to register a birth

Babies born in East Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove)

  • Your registration appointment will be by telephone
  • During your telephone appointment, the registrar will arrange a time for you to visit one of our Register Offices, to check and sign the register page
  • Your appointment to sign the register will take place either in the car park or at the doors to the register office (dependent on site facilities)
  • We require all visitors to our Register Offices to continue to wear a face covering in public areas and ceremony rooms (unless exempt)
  • You will need to bring a blue or black biro and or ball point pen to sign with
  • Order birth certificates online after the page is signed

Babies born elsewhere

The birth should be registered by the registrar for the district where the birth took place. Search for a Register Office (

We have special arrangements with Brighton & Hove City Council and also with West Sussex County Council for East Sussex residents who gave birth in their administrative areas.

Brighton & Hove

Residents of Brighton & Hove who gave birth in Brighton and Hove City Council’s administrative area cannot register at East Sussex register offices.

West Sussex

Residents of West Sussex who gave birth in West Sussex County Council’s administrative area cannot register at East Sussex register offices.

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