How To Register A Birth In England & Wales

On this page you will find information on registering a baby’s birth in England & Wales.

Who Can Register a Birth?

If the parents are married to each other, either can register the birth and both parents’ names will appear on the Birth Certificate.

If the parents were not married at the time of the birth, the father’s details will only appear on the birth certificate if both parents go to the register office and sign the register.

If the father is unable to attend and wants his name to appear on the certificate, he must make a statutory declaration on a form available from the registrar and this must be taken to the office by the mother.

If neither parent is able to attend the register office within 42 days of the birth, a person who is responsible for the child or who was present at the birth may register the birth.

It is not necessary for the child to attend, the hospital informs the registrar of each birth.

What Information Is Required?


  • Forename, surname and maiden name if applicable;
  • Place and date of birth;
  • Occupation;
  • Address;
  • Number of
    other children;
  • Date of marriage, if applicable.


  • Forename and surname;
  • Place and date of birth;
  • Occupation.


  • Place and date of birth;
  • Sex;
  • Forename(s) and surname.

Before signing the register, check all details. It is very difficult to later change spelling etc.