All births in England or Wales must be registered in the area where the baby was born within 42 days of the date of birth.
If English is not your first language you may ask a friend or relative to go with you to act as an interpreter. If you need us to provide an interpreter there will be a non-refundable charge of £80.
If you can't go to a registration office in the area where the baby was born, you can go to another registration office and make a declaration. They will send your details to the correct office and the birth certificate will be posted to you.
For information about registering a birth in Scotland or Northern Ireland:
If the parents of the child were married to each other when the baby was born, either parent may register the birth on their own and they may include both parents' names on the register.
If the parents are not married, the father's details can only be entered in the register in the following circumstances:
Where either the mother or father is unable to go to the registration office - they may make a statutory declaration acknowledging the father's paternity which the other parent must take to the registration office. You can get the statutory declaration of parentage form in pdf format from gov.uk
If the mother or father are not able to register the birth the registrar will arrange for the registration to be completed by whichever of the following people is best able to do so:
It would be useful if you could bring one of the following documents for both mother and father to the appointment, Passport/Utility Bill/Driving Licence/Marriage or Civil Partnership Certificate. You can however still register the birth without any of these.
Where this information is to be entered in the register.
After a birth has been registered, a short birth certificate showing the name, sex, date and district of birth is issued for free.
A standard birth certificate is also available. These also show the parents' details and are required when applying for a passport.
You can buy extra copies of short and standard certificates at the time of registration or any time afterwards.