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Registering The Birth of a Child

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 27 Oct 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Birth Registration Register Office

In England and Wales, a new baby must be registered within 42 days of its birth. This is usually carried out at your local registry office, although in some cases a mother may be able to register her baby before she leaves hospital if a registrar is present.

Why is it Important to Register The Birth of a Child?

Your child's birth needs to be registered so that they are legally recognised. After the registration, you will receive your baby's birth certificate as proof of registration, and this document will be required if you are claiming any benefits and to prove their identification. Both parents should be named on the birth certificate, if they are known.

Who Can Register The Birth?

The birth can be registered by:
  • Either the mother or father if they are married
  • The child's mother if she is not married

If one of the parents cannot attend the registration, they need to fill in a statutory declaration form and this should be handed in to the registrar.

If a Parental Responsibility agreement in place or either parent has an appropriate court order, this can be presented at the time of registration.

If the father's details are not recorded, it may be possible for these details to be registered at a later date.

What if the Parents Cannot Attend?

If neither the mother or father can attend the registration, then the following may register the birth in their place:
  • The Occupier of the house or hospital where the child was born
  • The person who was present at the birth
  • The person who is responsible for the child

What Information Do We Have To Provide?

You must provide the registrar with the following information for your baby's birth certificate:
  • The date of your child's birth
  • The place of your child's birth
  • Your baby's full name and gender
  • Name, date and place of birth and occupation of the father
  • Name, date and place of birth and occupation of the mother

Make Sure You Get it Right

Registering the birth of your child is a happy experience but, as a birth certificate is a legal document, every attempt should be made to ensure that all information and details relating to both the birth and to the birth parents is accurate at the time of registration. Make sure that all spellings, especially your child's name, are correct as these cannot be corrected.

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I dont want to put my husbands name on our babys birth certificTe but we are married since 2015. Doi have to legally put him on? Were going threw a difficult time as hes been aving a affair and i wouldnt want him to play games with custody. I will allow acess wen i no he can resposibly take care of a child alone. But if hes on certifictae he can leggaly take r child.
Jean123 - 27-Oct-18 @ 1:42 PM
Hi a member of my family has had a baby with his gf, he was present at the birth and did not know that his gf her mother and gran registered the birth without him. He’s not named on the birth certificate. Is there anything he can do to change this?
MrsA - 8-Sep-18 @ 5:52 PM
I have just found out my son has a 5 year old daughter. The mother of the child knowing put her new partner as the father. (who she is no Longer with but still has a Contact with ) We have done dna test. She is now back tracking and doesn't want to upset the little girl. And basically lie to her for the rest of her life! How do we go about getting my son on her birth certificate Thanks
Sharon - 6-Sep-18 @ 1:44 PM
Jane - Your Question:
Hi, I got my baby registered and used my address for his father's address as he is temporarily staying with me as he got kicked out from his mum's, is this an issue?

Our Response:
No this shouldn't be an issue.
LawAndParents - 24-Aug-18 @ 2:09 PM
Hi, I got my baby registered and used my address for his father's address as he is temporarily staying with me as he got kicked out from his mum's, is this an issue?
Jane - 23-Aug-18 @ 1:03 AM
I have a child with an illegal immigrant who doesnt have passport an doesnt want to go back to her country to apply for a passport and our child doesnt have a birth certificate and she is 4yrs now I'm worried about her future..as her father who is RSA citizen is it possible to apply a birthday certificate n register her in my name..Plz help I'm really worried about my daughter it really hurts!
azaria - 1-Aug-18 @ 9:57 PM
My ex gf didn’t put me on the birth certificate of our little girl. Is that against the law knowing I’m the father? Do I have to pay to be put on the birth certificate?
Dal - 15-Jul-18 @ 5:57 PM
I am currently married.. my wife is now pregnant with another man's child. He is an illegal immigrant who is currently in jail for intent to supply.. as we are married does this mean that I will need to sign the birth certificate? If not what course will I need to take..
Bill - 11-Jul-18 @ 7:57 PM
Babs - Your Question:
I was married, but not on good terms with my husband and didnt place his name on my child's birth certificate. My child is 24 and regret my actions back then. Can I get the fathers name placed on the birth certificate.

Our Response:
Yes if you were married at the time it's a straightforward process See the government page here
LawAndParents - 29-Jun-18 @ 3:49 PM
I was married, but not on good terms with my husband and didnt place his name on my child's birth certificate. My child is 24 and regret my actions back then.Can I get the fathers name placed on the birth certificate.
Babs - 27-Jun-18 @ 10:53 PM
ConfusedUncle - Your Question:
Hi, my brother is currently beibg harrassed for CSA, however he was not present at birth, nor did he attend registration for his children due to the mother refusing him to be there.Solicitors state his name is on the birth certificate, but he has no proof.What can he do?

Our Response:
Is he the biological father? If so he is responsible for maintenance payments.
LawAndParents - 22-Jun-18 @ 2:30 PM
Hi, my brother is currently beibg harrassed for CSA, however he was not present at birth, nor did he attend registration for his children due to the mother refusing him to be there. Solicitors state his name is on the birth certificate, but he has no proof. What can he do?
ConfusedUncle - 21-Jun-18 @ 6:16 PM
Why has the father of my child got two residential addresses on birth certificate? One is own and the other is mine? He never lived at my address? Confused.
Robyn - 18-Jun-18 @ 10:05 PM
Why does the father of my child have two residential addresses on my daughter'sbirth certificate? One is his own address and the other is mine but he didn't live with me?
Robyn - 18-Jun-18 @ 10:03 PM
I really want to know....can an unmarried mother register her baby six months after giving birth? She did not register her baby at birth....can she still register the baby when he is six months old?
Gracy - 12-Jun-18 @ 8:17 PM
bestwestie - Your Question:
What legal rights do unmarried parents have over their new born?Does the mother need to have her name as part of the babys surname?The father’s name is prefered.Will this give him more legal rights?

Our Response:
No, you can give a child any name you choose. You do however, have to have the father's consent to name him as the father of the child on the birth certificate.
LawAndParents - 5-Jun-18 @ 2:45 PM
What legal rights do unmarried parents have over their new born? Does the mother need to have her name as part of the babys surname? The father’s name is prefered. Will this give him more legal rights?
bestwestie - 4-Jun-18 @ 5:59 PM
Chants - Your Question:
My baby is 6 months and her dad wants to put his name on her birth certificate now. Is it too late? And will it be his full name or last name only?And will he get some rights?

Our Response:
He can add his full name and it's not too late to do this. If you choose not to consent, to this, he may still be able to apply to the courts for an order to have his name added. Parental responsibility gives certain rights....see our guide here for further information.
LawAndParents - 4-Jun-18 @ 2:25 PM
My baby is 6 months and her dad wants to put his name on her birth certificate now. Is it too late? And will it be his full name or last name only?And will he get some rights?
Chants - 3-Jun-18 @ 5:20 PM
Missed my appointment and baby is 42 days in a few days. Can't get another apt until late June.What do I do?
H - 25-May-18 @ 8:14 AM
Are hmrc informed when you register a child?
Anon - 23-May-18 @ 10:49 AM
Kayd1 - Your Question:
I am due to give birth soon but my patner will be away in Afghan with the military and wont be back for the birth or in the days after to register the birth. We are not married but I want the little man to have his surname and for him to be on the birth certificate. How can I do this?Thank you

Our Response:
Your partner will need to complete a statutory declaration of parentage form and you can take the signed form when you register the birth. Here's where to find the form
LawAndParents - 16-May-18 @ 10:12 AM
Becca - Your Question:
Hello, me and my ex registered our baby in 2016 but did not get a full birth certificate. I have tried to order two but there has always been a problem and I haven't received it. Does this mean I need to re register her. To get a full birth certificate?

Our Response:
Go back to your local registrar and ask why you didn't receive the full birth certificate, they should be able to tell you why it's not possible and if you need to re-register.
LawAndParents - 15-May-18 @ 10:49 AM
I am due to give birth soon but my patner will be away in Afghan with the military and wont be back for the birth or in the days after to register the birth. We are not married but I want the little man to have his surname and for him to be on the birth certificate. How can I do this? Thank you
Kayd1 - 14-May-18 @ 4:15 PM
Hello, me and my ex registered our baby in 2016 but did not get a full birth certificate. I have tried to order two but there has always been a problem and I haven't received it. Does this mean I need to re register her. To get a full birth certificate?
Becca - 11-May-18 @ 8:48 AM
Bella - Your Question:
Hi. Legally I'm still married but I have been separated for a long long time, over 8 years. My husband lives abroad and we don't have much contact, but neither of us have applied for a divorce yet. However, I'm now 6 months pregnant with another man's baby with whom I'm not in a relationship anymore - he only told me he's married after I got pregnant. Despite of the messy situation we're being adults and he wants to be involved in the child's life. Meaning he'd want to be on the birth certificate and the child's name would be made up of both of our surname, hyphenated. Now. Could someone please tell me if we'll have any issues having the biological father's name on the birth certificate, despite of me still being legally married to my ex?Thanks for the help in advance.

Our Response:
This shouldn't be a problem as long as the biological father consents.
LawAndParents - 8-May-18 @ 2:22 PM
Hi. Legally I'm still married but I have been separated for a long long time, over 8 years. My husband lives abroad and we don't have much contact, but neither of us have applied for a divorce yet. However, I'm now 6 months pregnant with another man's baby with whom I'm not in a relationship anymore - he only told me he's married after I got pregnant. Despite of the messy situation we're being adults and he wants to be involved in the child's life. Meaning he'd want to be on the birth certificate and the child's name would be made up of both of our surname, hyphenated. Now. Could someone please tell me if we'll have any issues having the biological father's name on the birth certificate, despite of me still being legally married to my ex? Thanks for the help in advance.
Bella - 6-May-18 @ 11:23 AM
My sons now 8, his father lives in Ireland with his new wife whom he has a daughter with, he has asked to be added to the birth certificate after nearly 9 years of not being on it.. I’m just worried there’s a motive to wanting to be added to it now, what are the laws around him being able to keep my son in Ireland if I went ahead?
Chez - 23-Apr-18 @ 5:09 PM
My Mrs said to me it's not important I have to come to register my child
Mark - 22-Apr-18 @ 4:12 PM
Ponypies6 - Your Question:
My daughter doesn’t know who her real father is (she’s only 2). She thinks my partner is her daddy. Is there anyway he can either have parental rights or added to the birth certificate?

Our Response:
If he's not the biological father he cannot be added to the birth certificate. Your partner could consider applying for a Parental Responsibility agreement
LawAndParents - 9-Apr-18 @ 2:02 PM
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