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
- 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.