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Register a birth

When a baby is born, their birth must be registered within 42 days with the local registrar.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the registration and re-registration of births will be by appointment only. 

Please arrive five minutes before your appointment time. If you turn up late for your appointment, you will not be seen and have to make another appointment. 

To help minimise face to face contact time for your safety and ours:

  • You must wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth unless you are exempt for medical reasons when attending all appointments or ceremonies at the Register Office.  
  • We ask that only essential persons attend. For married or civil partnered parents, only one parent should attend. If parents are not married or in a civil partnership, both should attend. Please minimise risk by only bringing children if childcare cannot be arranged.
  • We ask not currently accepting cash for certificate payments. If you wish to purchase birth certificates at the appointment please have a credit or debit card with you. These are £11 each. If you do not have a card with you at the appointment, certificates can be ordered via the contact centre (01895 250418) and will be posted to you.

Please note: due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,  it may be necessary to cancel and/or reschedule appointments and ceremonies at short notice due to changes in government restriction, or the need for our staff to self-isolate. By booking at this time you agree that you understand and accept the risk of late notice cancellations and/or rescheduling.

Make an appointment to register a birth

Where to register

You should register a birth in the borough where the baby was born. If the baby was born in the borough of Hillingdon, the birth must be registered at Hillingdon Register Office(insert inline).

If you cannot register the birth in the area where the baby was born, you can 'make a declaration' to the Registrar in Hillingdon and we will send your details to the correct office. 

Please note: If you purchase a full birth certificate, you will need to contact the Register Office where the declaration was sent and make payment to them with a credit or debit card for the certificate.

Documents to bring to the registration appointment

  • Passports or British driving licence for both parents 
  • Marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • Baby's red birth book issued by the maternity hospital 

Information needed by the Registrar

The Registrar will see you in private and record details about the baby and both parents. You will be asked for the following information:

  • place and date of the birth
  • name, surname and sex of the baby
  • parents' names, surnames and address
  • places and dates of parents' birth
  • date of parents' marriage or civil partnership (if applicable) 
  • parents' jobs
  • mother's maiden surname

Charges for registering a birth

There is no charge for registering a birth. However, you may want a full birth certificate, which shows the parents' names. We recommend that you buy this at the time of registering the birth. The statutory fee for birth certificates is £11 each. 

Additional registration service fees

Consideration of a correction of a register entry by Superintendent Registrar£75
Consideration of a correction of  a register entry by the General Register Office for England and Wales£90
Space 17 amendments (change of forenames or adding or removing forenames within first year of registration)£40


Page last updated: 23 Sep 2020