Register a birth

By law every child born in England and Wales must be registered in the district where the birth took place.

You need to register your baby to get a birth certificate. You can then register your baby with a doctor and claim any family-related benefits. 

You'll save time at your appointment if you order and pay for birth certificates online when you book your appointment. You can also pay for certificates with a debit or credit card at your appointment if you're not sure how many you want. Please note, we're not able to accept any payments in cash. 

See our registration charges for certificate costs.

You can make an appointment online to register a birth at the Register Office in the Town Hall.

You'll find the link to the form below and will have 30 minutes to fill it in to book your appointment. If you don't complete your booking within this time you'll lose your chosen appointment slot.

Changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19) 

The Register Office in the Town Hall is open for appointments, with some restrictions in place to enable us to work as quickly and safely as possible. You won't be able to register a birth at any of our other offices for the time being.

The quickest way to book an appointment is by using our online form below. If possible, please help us by ordering and paying for birth certificates in the form. The appointments shown in the form are the only ones available; you won't be able to get an earlier one by calling us. 

If you're not able to attend after making your appointment, please cancel your booking to free the time up for someone else to register their baby's birth. The link to change or cancel your appointment is in your confirmation email, or you can call us and we'll do it on your behalf. 

We've currently reduced the number of birth appointments available due to seasonal pressures and the effects of COVID-19, which mean that we must offer more appointments for death registrations. We're sorry if this causes any inconvenience to you when you're booking an appointment to register a birth. You can still book online; all available birth appointments are in our online booking form. 

Remember, you can still claim Child Benefit if you've not been able to register the birth of your child due to COVID-19.

Read more about the changes we've made to our registration services due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Attending your appointment

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to allow for social distancing, you'll need to wait outside the Town Hall reception until you're called in for your appointment. The entrance is at the side of the building, next to the fountains. Please don't arrive too early, as we won't be able to let you inside the building. There's a strict one way system in place for your safety and to minimise any contact with other customers and staff. 

You'll need to wear a face covering inside the building. Please also try to keep the number of people attending to a minimum, you can read the information below about who should attend. If at all possible, don't bring other children with you. 

Who can register the birth

A birth can be registered by:

  • the mother
  • the father (where the child's parents were married to each other at the time of birth or conception)

In certain circumstances another person can register a child's birth; please contact us for more information.

The information you'll need

We'll need the following information to register a birth:

  • the date and place of birth (for multiple births we'll also need the time of each baby's birth)
  • the baby's sex
  • the first and last names in which the child will be brought up
  • the father's first and last name, his date and place of birth, and his occupation at the time of his baby's birth
  • the mother's first and last name, a maiden name if applicable, the date and place of her birth, her usual address at the date of the birth, and her occupation

You must also bring with you to your appointment:

  • the hospital discharge form or personal child health record (red book)
  • a form of identification for yourself, such as a passport, driving licence or birth certificate

Please make sure you arrive for your appointment on time - if you're more than five minutes late we won't be able to see you and you'll need to book a new appointment slot.

Registering by declaration

If you're unable to visit one of our offices you can arrange to register your baby by declaration at any other register office in England and Wales. Please ask us for more information about this option.