Legally, birth registration has to be done within six weeks of a baby being born in the UK. Here, we explain exactly how you go about registering a birth including who can register, and the details you’ll need to take with you.
How to register your baby’s birth
Who can register the birth?
If you were married when your baby was born or conceived, either you or your partner can register the birth. If you’re not married and want the father’s details on the register, then you will both have to go and sign the birth register together, or show a declaration of the father’s paternity (you can get this form from the registrar).
Most parents register their child’s birth, but sometimes neither the mother nor father can attend. In this case, registration can be done by:
Identification you need when registering a birth
You should take at least one form of the identifications listed below:
You should also take your child’s personal child health record or ‘red book’ as some registrars may ask to see it.
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If you’re registering a birth on your own you may need to take a paternal test to show the father’s identity is correct.
Details you need when registering a birth
Your baby’s birth certificate
You can have two types of birth certificate that the registrar will give you. The short version that contains only your baby’s details is free. The full version also contains all of your details and costs from £8.50 to £11.50. You can buy extra copies at any time and can order certificates by post or online.