Information you need to bring when registering a birth

When coming to register a birth you will need to bring:

  • Parents' ID including passport, driving licence or any official document showing your full name and address
  • The date of the baby’s birth, usually entered in the 'Red Book' provided by the midwife
  • If a multiple birth, the time of the births are also needed
  • The place of the baby’s birth
  • The sex of the child
  • The spelling of the child's forename(s) and surname

About the father

  • His forename(s) and surname and any previous names
  • His date and place of birth
  • His occupation. If not employed then his last occupation

About the mother

  • Her forename(s) and surname and any previous names
  • Maiden surname if the mother is, or has been, married or through a civil partnership
  • Her date and place of birth
  • Her occupation. If not employed then her last occupation

Other details

  • The date of the marriage if the parents are married to each other
  • The number of children the mother has had previously by her present partner and any former partner

Documents the registrar will issue

  • Full birth certificates that show the parents’ details. There is a fee for these certificates. They are usually needed for passport applications, opening bank accounts and for showing to childcare providers and schools as evidence of nationality and parental responsibility
  • Short birth certificates that show only the child's name, sex and date and district of birth. There is a fee for these certificates. Please note: these certificates are no longer provided free of charge


  • There is no charge for registering the birth
  • Short and full birth certificates costs £4 each at the time of registration

 You can’t change a birth certificate once it’s been issued (unless you wish to re-register the birth as above) but you can apply to get a note added to the original entry in the birth register.

You can then get an updated certificate issued that shows this note.

Corrections to a birth registration can only be made when the information is wrong (for example a mistake in spelling a person’s name).

There is a fee to correct an error of between £75-£90. Updated certificates will cost £10 each.