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Register a birth

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 or cash.

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.

Book an appointment to register a birth

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