You need to make an appointment with the register office to register your baby. 

When and where you can register the birth

You should register your birth within 42 days (6 weeks), of the birth date. If the child was born in Hertfordshire, you can register the birth at any register office in the county.

You can register the birth, by declaration, at any register office in England and Wales whether or not they were born in Hertfordshire. The birth certificates will then be sent to you by post.

Find a register office near you

Documents you need to bring

  • NHS red book or discharge summary sheet
  • proof of identity for the baby's parents (passport, driving licence or utility bill for example) aren't required but help make sure the registration is accurate

People who can register the birth

  • The mother of the baby
  • The father of the baby if he was married to the mother at the time of the birth or in a civil partnership
  • The mother and the father, together, if they are not married to each other at the time of the birth
  • The mother or the father, attending alone, if they were not married at the time of birth, bringing with them a statutory declaration signed by the other parent (a prescribed form which can be obtained from the Registrars). (For further advice please call us on 0300 123 4045.)
  • The mother, if she's not married to the father, may register alone leaving out the details of the father
  • A person present at the birth
  • The guardian of the baby

For any couple in a same sex relationship please contact 0300 123 4045 for further advice on registering.

Information to give the Registrar

You need to tell the Registrar:

  • your baby's date and place of birth
  • whether they're a boy or a girl
  • their forenames and surname

They also need to know:

  • the mother's address, forenames, surname, place of birth and occupation
  • the father's forenames, surname, place of birth and occupation
  • the month and year the mother and father got married
  • whether the mother has been married more than once
  • the number of children the mother has
  • mother and father's dates of birth
  • mother's maiden name
  • parent's other names

Costs of registering a birth

Registering a birth is free. A full birth certificate costs £4 at the registration. It's a complete copy of the entry in the register and is needed for example when applying for a passport, driving licence and applications for school places. A short birth certificate can also be purchased but this does not show the details of the parents.

For any correction requested to a birth certificate there will be a non-refundable fee of £75 or £90(dependant on whether the correction can be done locally or has to be referred to the General Register Office).

We therefore request that you check the register page very carefully before signing to avoid the need to make corrections.


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