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Register a birth | Birmingham City Council

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Register a birth

Birmingham Register Office is now registering births. You must wear a face covering when vising our offices, in line with government requirements. If you're not able to wear a face covering, please contact us.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions there is a considerable backlog of birth registrations and we will be prioritising registrations in date order of birth.

To assist us. please complete our online form with details about yourself and your new child(ren). We will contact you after receiving your form (in the next few weeks) to arrange an appointment for you to register the birth(s).

Complete our online pre-registration form

If the registration of your baby is urgent, please contact us by email at RORegistrations@birmingham.gov.uk, and we will contact you.

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.

Please not that in line with government guidance, you must wear a face covering to enter the Register Office..

Please check this webpage regularly for further updates.

You can now make a new or additional claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered.

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.

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.