You need to make an appointment with the register office to register your baby.
Birth registration appointments are available at all of our register offices, by pre-booked appointment only.
Book an appointment to register a birth
At your appointment:
- wear a face covering
- wait outside the building if you arrive more than 15 minutes early
- only 1 parent can attend if you're married or in a civil partnership. If you're not, both parents must attend if you wish the father / parent’s details to be included on the birth certificate
- don't bring any children, if possible
- wash your hands or use hand gel on arrival. Hand sanitisers and wipes are available
- follow the entrance and exit routes and stay 2 metres away from others
- staff will be wearing protective equipment.
Don't visit if you're unwell or showing COVID-19 symptoms.
When and where you can register a birth
You should register your birth within 42 days (6 weeks) of the birth date.
If your baby was born in Hertfordshire, you can register 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.
Who can register a birth
- If you are married or in a civil partnership, either parent can register the birth.
- If you are not married or in a civil partnership but you want the father/parent's details to be included on the birth certificate, then both parents must attend together.
Visit GOV.UK for more information on who can register a birth.
Documents you need to bring
- NHS red book or discharge summary sheet
- proof of identity for the baby's parents aren't required but help make sure the registration is accurate (for example, passport, driving licence or utility bill)
Information to give the Registrar
- date and place of birth
- forenames and surname.
They also need to know:
- the parents' forenames, surname, date and place of birth, occupation and any other names
- the mother's address and maiden name
- 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.