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Registering The Birth of a Child

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 21 Feb 2017 | 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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andy - Your Question:
Hi all,I am really worried I have bee seeing my partner for nearly a year now and she is having are baby of 16 weeks, she is still married to her ex so has is surname. she is going through a bad time and is confused on what she want in life and may want to be back with her ex, really bad time for me. we are now not to together, but are still really close. I am worried when the baby is born and we will sign the birth certificate. the baby will have her surname which is his, I really want my surname on the BC as I want to be a part f my baby life, it really worries me. can anybody help and give me some advice please

Our Response:
If the mother refuses to allow you to have your name included on the birth certificate, you can still apply to the courts to have it added. They will order a paternity test to confirm you are the natural father and will then order a re-register of the birth with your name included as the father.
LawAndParents - 24-Feb-17 @ 10:43 AM
Anthony - Your Question:
I want to get my name on my son's birth certificate he is over 1 years old what I'd the best way to do get this done

Our Response:
Asking the mother is the simplest way to do this. If she refuses, then you may need to apply to the courts.
LawAndParents - 22-Feb-17 @ 12:59 PM
Lily - Your Question:
I left my husband when I was 3 months pregnant as he physically attacked me. He was charged with common assault. I do not wish him to be involved in our child's life conceived through IVF as I he presents high risks to me and the child.Please advise me if I have to put his name on the child's birth certificate? We are still legally married but we have separated.

Our Response:
It's your choice, but he can insist that his name is included (if necessary via the courts).
LawAndParents - 22-Feb-17 @ 12:55 PM
hi all, I am really worried I have bee seeing my partner for nearly a year now and she is having are baby of 16 weeks, she is still married to her ex so has is surname. she is going through a bad time and is confused on what she want in life and may want to be back with her ex, really bad time for me. we are now not to together, but are still really close. I am worried when the baby is born and we will sign the birth certificate. the baby will have her surname which is his, I really want my surname on the BC as I want to be a part f my baby life, it really worries me. can anybody help and give me some advice please
andy - 21-Feb-17 @ 1:57 PM
I want to get my name on my son's birth certificate he is over 1 years old what I'd the best way to do get this done
Anthony - 20-Feb-17 @ 1:31 AM
I left my husband when I was 3 months pregnant as he physically attacked me. He was charged with common assault. Ido not wish him to be involved in our child's life conceived through IVF as I he presents high risks to me and the child. Please advise me ifI have to put his name on the child's birth certificate? We are still legally married but we have separated.
Lily - 19-Feb-17 @ 11:08 PM
Kyte - Your Question:
Can a mother give her child the surname of its father without his permission and consent and without him being present at the registration?

Our Response:
She can give the child whateve surname she chooses. However, she cannot put the father's name as the biological father on the birth certificate unless he consents to it.
LawAndParents - 16-Feb-17 @ 12:41 PM
Can a mother give her child the surname of its father without his permission and consent and without him being present at the registration?
Kyte - 15-Feb-17 @ 10:53 PM
if it is proved through a d.n.a test that my ex partner is not my sons father. How do i stand on taking his name off of the birth certificate? He is taking me through court and i want it proved that he is not the dad!
Charlie - 11-Feb-17 @ 10:40 AM
Why is it fraud to put another mans name on the cert? What if this said man has done much more for the unborn child than the bio dad, what if the bio dad doesn't want contact with the child? The child is left without a father on their birth certificate.
Lj - 11-Feb-17 @ 9:54 AM
My granddaughter was registered behind my son's back not putting his name on the birth certificate even though he wanted to be on it and for the baby to have his surname. Is this illegal?
ajeds - 10-Feb-17 @ 4:09 PM
lucy88 - Your Question:
My partners ex (the mother of his child) registered his daughter with a surname which is not his or even her legal surname is this allowed?

Our Response:
You can givechild any name you like when you register its birth. The birth certificate will contain the details of both parents and their surnames too (assuming the father consented to his name being on).
LawAndParents - 9-Feb-17 @ 1:54 PM
My partners ex (the mother of his child) registered his daughter with a surname which is not his or even her legal surname is this allowed?
lucy88 - 8-Feb-17 @ 11:16 AM
Im looking for some advice regarding. My ex I came home from Wales today to find my fiance of 4years. Has left she's due to drop on the 2nd of aprilI came home to find almost everything gone from the house including the baby stuff I bought washing machine tumble dryer cloths etc so it's not just a spat it's been planned for months. The thing is I have done nothing but support her all the way through at 22weeks she was deciding on an abortion we talked and she didn't go through with it now... She's using it as a weapon trying to say I'm forcing her to have a baby but at the same time getting her Manipulative sister to message me saying that I'll only be allowed supervised contactI have been there for her from the start which is why I'm so confused about the whole situation we been going on really well then all of a sudden gone *poof*how do I go about the birth certificate etc even though baby ain't born yet I feel like she's kidnapped my unborn child and there's nothing I can do PLEASE shed some light thanks
Jonoupsetdaddy2be - 2-Feb-17 @ 6:52 PM
Can my daughter in law register my grandson without my son been present.and can she register the baby in my sons surname
Nana p - 2-Feb-17 @ 1:05 PM
Hi can a women put her ex husbands name on a birth certificate even though the child isnt his
Kath - 17-Jan-17 @ 5:14 PM
Julie- Your Question:
Can a mother give her child the surname of another man ( not the biological father ) without his consent ?

Our Response:
In general a mother (with parental responsbility) can call her child whatever name she chooses as long as any other parties with parental responsibility agree. She cannot name him as the father on the birth certificate of course.
LawAndParents - 11-Jan-17 @ 11:54 AM
Can a mother give her child the surname of another man ( not the biological father ) without his consent ?
Julie - 10-Jan-17 @ 2:28 PM
Can a "fathers" name be added to a birth certificate without his knowledge or without him being present?
Lilmiss - 14-Dec-16 @ 10:39 PM
Winniesearch - Your Question:
If a woman is married in UK, does she have to have her husband's name on birth certificate of her child if he is not the biological father?

Our Response:
No - it is fraud to put the name of anyone except the biological father on the birth certifcate. It can be left blank though.
LawAndParents - 14-Dec-16 @ 2:47 PM
If a woman is married in UK, does she have to have her husband's name on birth certificate of her child if he is not the biological father?
Winniesearch - 14-Dec-16 @ 2:20 PM
Hemmi33 - Your Question:
I have a 4 year old daughter who has my surname, my ex partner (not married) left me whilst I was pregnant and has only seen her a few times. He isn't on her birth certificate (his choice) I'm with a new partner now and I'm expecting a baby with him. My daughter sees him as her Daddy and we'd like to make this official. We would all like the same surname and for him to have PR for both of our children. Does he apply to adopt her? Do we change her name by deed pole? We'd like to get married but this won't be happening for a year or so yet. Thank you

Our Response:
Your new partner can apply to the court for parental responsibility. If your ex is not on the birth certificate you should not need his consent to change your daughter's name.
LawAndParents - 12-Dec-16 @ 2:31 PM
I have a 4 year old daughter who has my surname, my ex partner (not married) left me whilst I was pregnant and has only seen her a few times. He isn't on her birth certificate (his choice) I'm with a new partner now and I'm expecting a baby with him. My daughter sees him as her Daddy and we'd like to make this official. We would all like the same surname and for him to have PR for both of our children. Does he apply to adopt her? Do we change her name by deed pole? We'd like to get married but this won't be happening for a year or so yet. Thank you
Hemmi33 - 11-Dec-16 @ 6:44 AM
My son is now 5 months old, his father decided to go to the dentist rather than be with me when i went into labour, he saw his son 6 hrs later. When it came to register our son I told him that if he wanted his surname on the baby's birth certificate he would have to be there at the registry office. To my utter surprise he turned up, so my son has his fathers surname, the baby's father and I are not together and never will be. I have asked my baby's father repeatedly if he would like to meet somewhere and get to know his son, I have offered to bring the baby to his house which would take me at least 2 hrs to get to on public transport but he turned the offer down, I have no interest in him at all, I though I was doing the right 'thing' for my son wanting him to have contact with his dad. I have received numerous text messages from my ex now stating that he doesn't want anything to do his son. I now want to remove my exes surname from my sons birth certificate so my son has the same surname as his mum & big sister (I have a daughter aged 15 who would be delighted to have her baby brother with the same surname as her) Can i have my baby's father's surname removed from his birth certificate, if yes how would I go about it Yours Sincerely Stephanie Hughes
hewie - 1-Dec-16 @ 6:58 PM
Can a south african father register the birth of his child alone if the child was born from a foreign mother who gives the father the permission to do so
Juju - 4-Nov-16 @ 8:26 PM
My husband left me a month before I gave birth and my son is now 5 weeks old not seen him. Do I have to put his name on the birth certificate by law
Lou - 23-Oct-16 @ 5:22 PM
I'm a mother and I have a son and he's just over 2 now me and my girlfriend have been together over a year, my sons father hasn't had anything to do with my child and he's in prison, he isn't on the birthcertifate can I put my girlfriend on the birth certificate as she has raised him like her own, as we are a lesbian couple will I struggle with this?
Jess - 21-Oct-16 @ 9:37 AM
Need some advice ASAP please I have 1born child and 1on the way same fathers but he doesn't want to know this child and we have split , am I still able to use his last name and NOT put him on the birth certificate so that his 2children still have the same name ??
Lea12 - 7-Oct-16 @ 2:38 PM
abbey2016 - Your Question:
I am 30 weeks pregant an my ex is saying he is taking me court for full custody an saying he is going to the solicitors to get his name on the birth certificate can they make me put his name on the certificate if I don't want him on their

Our Response:
Yes, once the baby is born, he can apply to the courts to have his name added to the birth certificate. The courts will issue a declaration of parentage (usually followingDNA test for proof).
LawAndParents - 21-Sep-16 @ 12:49 PM
I am 30 weeks pregant an my ex is saying he is taking me court for full custody an saying he is going to the solicitors to get his name on the birth certificate can they make me put his name on the certificate if I don't want him on their
abbey2016 - 19-Sep-16 @ 6:49 PM
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