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Birmingham Register Office - Registering a Birth

This page provides information on how to register a birth, what you need to register a birth and costs of obtaining a birth certificate

Overview

A baby born in Birmingham should be registered at Birmingham Register Office. To make an appointment to register your baby, please ring 0121 675 1004 or 0121 675 2902 or 0121 675 2904.

If you are unable to get through on the telephone you can use the contact form on our contact us page to supply your details and we will call you back to arrange a suitable appointment or you can book on line.

We are very busy, but you will be offered the next available appointment.

Book online - online booking to register a birth

If the parents are married to each other only one parent needs to attend. If the parents are not married to each other and they wish the fathers details to be included in the register they must usually attend together.

When the birth is registered you will receive a short birth certificate, which does not show parents details.

Opening hours & access to roads

For information regarding our opening times and how to find us please visit our Opening Hours page

Access to roads around the Register Office are affected by the development of Paradise in the city centre. Please see the link below for up to date information.

http://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/access/

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I register the birth?
You can register a birth at Birmingham Register Office, Holliday Wharf, Holliday Street, Birmingham, B1 1TJ.

You can see our location on Google Maps.

Who can register the birth?
If the parents were married at the time of the birth, then either the mother or father can register the baby. If they were not married, the mother must register the baby and if the father's details are to be included, he will need to attend the registration.

For further details of other situations visit https://www.gov.uk/register-birth/who-can-register-a-birth

For further details about parental responsibility visit https://www.gov.uk/parental-rights-responsibilities/what-is-parental-responsibility

What do I need to bring with me?
When attending the Register Office parents should bring the hospital discharge papers with them.

It may also be helpful to bring your own passports and the birth certificates of any of your previous children. Further helpful documents are driving licence, benefit statement or council tax bill. Where the parents are married to one another and it is available, you should bring the marriage certificate for the parents. Please note that you are not required to produce these documents, but if you do they can help you to ensure that your baby's birth is registered correctly.

If English is not my first language can I bring an interpreter?
Yes, if English is not your first language you should ask a friend or relative to go with you to register and help you to understand what is said.

How much does it cost?
There is no charge for registering a birth and you will receive a short birth certificate, which details the name, sex, date and district of birth, but not parents details.

How much is a full birth certificate?
Full birth certificates showing parents details cost £4.00 on the day of registration. Payment for certificates should be made in cash.
If you require further certificates they cost £7.00. Once the register is full it is placed in the archives, and certificates will then cost £10.00 each.

Do I have to bring the baby with me when I register the birth?
No, we do not need to see the baby but you should bring the hospital discharge papers with you.

What surname can the baby have?
The parents can choose any surname for the baby, however the child will normally be given the surname of the mother or of the father. The baby's surname should be the name the baby will be brought up in.

Can an unmarried father's name be added to the birth certificate at a later date?
If possible an unmarried father should attend at the time the birth is registered, however it is possible to add the name at a later date.

What if we get married after the birth is registered?
Couples who marry after registering a birth need to register the child again as a child of the marriage, even if the fathers name is already included. The mother's and child's surnames can be changed at this point and a new birth certificate issued. See our Re Registration page.

What if I do not live in Birmingham?
A parent can also register the birth by making a declaration in person at any convenient Register Office. However a birth certificate will not be issued until the details have been forwarded to Birmingham Register Office, which would mean a slight delay in receiving your birth certificate.

Is my child a British citizen?
For information see the Home Office Web site www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/

When should I register the birth?
A birth should be registered within 42 days of the birth.

How can I celebrate my child's birth?
You can have a Baby Naming Ceremony to welcome your child into your family.