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Register a birth | Birmingham City Council

Register a birth

Birmingham Register Office is open to register births by appointment only. On arrival for your appointment, you will be required to queue outside the building. Please take necessary precautions in case of adverse weather conditions. Social distancing is observed and you must wear a face covering when visiting our offices, in line with government requirements. If you're not able to wear a face covering, please contact us. You will be required to sanitise your hands upon admittance to the building.

We are only able to permit babies and children into the building by prior arrangement. If you are not able to arrange child care and need to bring your baby and/or child(ren) to the registration appointment with you, please email us. If you attend to register without having made prior arrangements for your baby and/or child(ren) to attend with you, you will be turned away.

If you are not able to climb two flights of stairs, do not use the online booking facility, but email us instead.

Please be careful when using the link as you will not be able to cancel the booking yourself if you choose an incorrect date and time – you will have to contact us again by email and may have to wait some time for a response due to the volume of emails we currently have to deal with:

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You must register the birth of your baby within 42 days, within the registration district where your baby was born.

When a baby is born in Birmingham, you should make an appointment to register the birth at the Birmingham Register Office.

If you’re married or in a civil partnership with the other parent to your new-born child, only one of you needs to visit the Birmingham Register Office to register the birth.

If you’re not married or in a civil partnership with one another, you must attend together if you’d both like to be included as parents in the register.

The Register a birth page on the Gov.uk website offers details on how the registration process works for other parental circumstances.

There’s no charge for registering a birth, but there is a cost for any certificates that you wish to have. You can buy full certificates, showing the parents details, on the day of registration for £11 each. Payment can be made by card only.

To register the birth, you will need to bring the following things with you:

  • The hospital discharge papers or the red book
  • Your passport or birth certificate
  • Your marriage certificate, if applicable
  • An official document showing your name and current address, such as a driving licence or utility bill
  • Someone who can speak and read both English and your language fluently, if you can’t speak or understand English. They must be a member of your household or belong to your social bubble.

You can order extra copies of the birth certificate online after registering.

In the event that anyone arriving to register a birth is more than 10 minutes late, it may not be possible for the appointment to take place and your appointment may be rearranged. The rearranged appointment may not be on the same day.