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Registering The Birth of a Child

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 10 Oct 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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I am an eu citizen living in London, UK. Back in my country I am still married, but havent been living with my partner for years. I am pregnant to an UK citizen and he wants to be on a birth certificate, I will be giving birth in the UK. Is me being married in another country going to be an issue when registring birth of a newborn baby in the UK?
theash - 10-Oct-17 @ 10:09 PM
My ex is not allowing me on the certificate of my unborn child due late this month, what actions do I take to ensure I'm on my sons birth certificate because if I'm not I know she will never allow me to see him. T.I.A
Mitch - 6-Oct-17 @ 12:34 PM
My baby is due in mid November. I live with the baby's father but I am still legally married to my ex. Does my ex have any legal claim and/or obligation to the child and can the child's father be named on the birth certificate?
Vixster73 - 5-Oct-17 @ 11:44 PM
Thelovelynat - Your Question:
So I have a question.15 years ago I was married but separated.i feel pregnant with a man I was seeing and he didn't want to know. Myself and hubby got back together when I was 4 months pregnant and we were told at the time to be sure about putting hubbys name on birth certificate as hubby would be responsible for life even if we split again. We stayed married until 5 years ago and for the last 2 he has been paying maintenance. Now he has got a new in his bonnet and decided he is going to inform csa that he isn't my girls father so he doesn't have to pay. One of my biggest concerns here is the birth certificate as I can't find a clear answer as to whether we were in the wrong to put his name down even though we married at the time and both knew what we were doing. Any help welcome.

Our Response:
If you knew your husband was not the natural father, then yes it was wrong to put your husband's name on the birth certificate. You can get it removed if you say it wasadded in error etc.
LawAndParents - 4-Oct-17 @ 1:47 PM
So I have a question...15 years ago I was married but separated.i feel pregnant with a man I was seeing and he didn't want to know. Myself and hubby got back together when I was 4 months pregnant and we were told at the time to be sure about putting hubbys name on birth certificate as hubby would be responsible for life even if we split again. We stayed married until 5 years ago and for the last 2 he has been paying maintenance. Now he has got a new in his bonnet and decided he is going to inform csa that he isn't my girls father so he doesn't have to pay. One of my biggest concerns here is the birth certificate as I can't find a clear answer as to whether we were in the wrong to put his name down even though we married at the time and both knew what we were doing. Any help welcome.
Thelovelynat - 3-Oct-17 @ 7:36 AM
Gillian- Your Question:
Hi. How can my boyfriend get his name on his sons birthcertificate if the mother wont allow it? He was in prison wen the mother took there son to get registerd. Now hes out prison and there not together and she wont put his name on it. Is there anywae he can get this done without her approval?

Our Response:
The mother doesn't have to add a name to the birth certificate, but she could be made to by the courts if your boyfriend wants to follow it up.
LawAndParents - 2-Oct-17 @ 2:40 PM
Hi. How can my boyfriend get his name on his sons birthcertificate if the mother wont allow it? He was in prison wen the mother took there son to get registerd. Now hes out prison and there not together and she wont put his name on it. Is there anywae he can get this done without her approval?
Gillian - 29-Sep-17 @ 4:16 PM
Lauren - Your Question:
Hi,My ex partner is the father to my unborn baby. I am already thinking about what is going to happen when I sign the certificate. He doesnt want any involvemnet and so I doubt he will sign anything nor show up to register the baby. But I do want him on the certificate so when she is older she knows who her dad is and it will show I didnt hide anything. Does he have to be present/sign something in order to go on the certificate or am I able to add him on the certificate myself? Thanks

Our Response:
The father needs to give his consent. If he refuses you can still take it court and get his name added.
LawAndParents - 29-Sep-17 @ 3:42 PM
Hi, My ex partner is the father to my unborn baby. I am already thinking about what is going to happen when i sign the certificate. He doesnt want any involvemnet and so i doubt he will sign anything nor show up to register the baby. But i do want him on the certificate so when she is older she knows who her dad is and it will show i didnt hide anything. Does he have to be present/sign something in order to go on the certificate or am i able to add him on the certificate myself? Thanks
Lauren - 28-Sep-17 @ 9:49 PM
Hollie - Your Question:
Hi I am 24 and trying 2 get my step dad on my birth certificate I want him 2 adopt me as a Xmas presys how would I go about this I have bin trying for over a yer 2 get this done

Our Response:
Only the biological father can be on the birth certificate. You cannot be adopted over the age of 18.
LawAndParents - 26-Sep-17 @ 12:17 PM
Hi I am 24 and trying 2 get my step dad on my birth certificate I want him 2 adopt me as a Xmas presys how would i go about this i have bin trying for over a yer 2 get this done
Hollie - 24-Sep-17 @ 12:14 PM
Anon- Your Question:
Hi I have a child with the man I am marrying and I know I need to re register that child's birth, but I have another child from a previous relationship.Would I need to change my name on that child's birth certificate too? Or just the one who's father I am marrying.

Our Response:
No the first child's certificate should stay the same.
LawAndParents - 7-Sep-17 @ 2:48 PM
My sister come to live with my mum and dad when she was 2 her real mother who as accosional contact does not no who her father is. My sister is now 14 and her real mother is now married she is saying that she has pit her husband's name on my sister's birth certificate is this possible ?
Tiny - 6-Sep-17 @ 2:17 PM
Hi I have a child with the man I am marrying and I know I need to re register that child's birth, but I have another child from a previous relationship. Would I need to change my name on that child's birth certificate too? Or just the one who's father I am marrying.
Anon - 6-Sep-17 @ 11:52 AM
S - Your Question:
Hi I have just married my children's father I was recently told about re registering my children's birth as they were born before we married. Is this true do we have to do this or does it make no difference

Our Response:
Yes you can re-register the births, it does not cost anything. Here is a link to the Application form you need to complete
LawAndParents - 5-Sep-17 @ 10:24 AM
Hi I have just married my children's father I was recently told about re registering my children's birth as they were born before we married. Is this true do we have to do this or does it make no difference
S - 2-Sep-17 @ 1:15 PM
How do I add my father to my birth certificate? Back in the 90's my mother knowingly withheld his information from my certificate. The only thing that proves who/what created me. Neither will amend it, nor are they willing to. I have been a secret for 20+yrs.
Scarlet-22 - 30-Aug-17 @ 6:44 PM
Back in '90 my mother withheld my fathers name from my birth certificate, knowing full well who he was, i know who my father is. How can I amend this as neither parent speaks and neither will agree to help me place him on my certificate as I have been kept a secret for 20+ years. I've tried to find court documents that apparently happened surrounding arrangements for me back then, but there's no record.
Scarlet-22 - 30-Aug-17 @ 6:41 PM
Hi how does the father apply to be on the birth certificate if he is in prison at the time so can not make it to register the baby
Unnamed - 24-Aug-17 @ 8:04 PM
HI THERE MY NAME IS SMITA...ME AND MY FIRST HUSBAND IS..SEPRATED SINCE 2014.....NOW M LIVING WITH MY ANOTHER PARTNER...BUT WE NOT MARRIED YET WE LIVING AS IN LIVING RELATIONSHIP....NOW ITS 3 YEARS 2017.....NOW WE HAVE BABY....AND BABY TOOK BIRTH ON SAME DATE 9 AUG 2017....WHEN I HAD DIVORCE FROM MY FIRST HUSBAND....NOW WE WANT TO GO FOR BABY'S BIRTH REGISTRATION....BUT MY PARTNER I MEAN BABY'S DAD HE IS ILLEGAL IN THIS COUNTRY....SINCE 2012.....HE CAME ON STUDENT VISA IN 2010.....HE OVER STAYED SINCE 2012...HIS VISA IS EXPIRE.....NOW I WANT GO TO REGISTRAR....BUT I FONT TO TAKE HIM WITH...ME BECAUSE OTHERWISE HE GONNA BE IN TROUBLE.....WITH IMMIGRATION...ITS NEARLY 3 YEARS...WE LIVING TOGETHER....BUT I HAVE DOCUMENTS FROM...NHS....WHERE HIS NAME DOB....AND RELATIONSHIP TO BABY IS MENTION....I AM BRITISH CITIZEN ANY ADVICE....SOMEONE...TOLD ME THAT I CAN GO ALONE.....PLEASE ANY ADVICE THANK YOU
Smita - 24-Aug-17 @ 5:24 PM
Chrissie - Your Question:
Hi my brother was married to his wife long before they had there son but she went an registered my nephew without my brother or putting my brother on the certificate even though they were married an together they have since split an my brother had his little boy living with him can he reregister an put his name on he has the marriage certificate to show/prove they were married at the time?

Our Response:
Yes he can apply to the courts to have his name added to the birth certificate if the mother will not agree.
LawAndParents - 22-Aug-17 @ 12:31 PM
Hi my brother was married to his wife long before they had there son but she went an registered my nephew without my brother or putting my brother on the certificate even though they were married an together they have since split an my brother had his little boy living with him can he reregister an put his name on he has the marriage certificate to show/prove they were married at the time?
Chrissie - 20-Aug-17 @ 4:45 PM
Hj - Your Question:
There is no father name on my sons birth certificate reasons being his real dad carnt have nothing to do with him im just wondering could it be possiable for his step dad to be put down and change his last name or can I only change his name through deedpoll

Our Response:
You cannot put the name of anyone but the biological father on the birth certificate. If you want to change your child's surname you will need the consent of the biological father.
LawAndParents - 17-Aug-17 @ 2:23 PM
There is no father name on my sons birth certificate reasons being his real dad carnt have nothing to do with him im just wondering could it be possiable for his step dad to be put down and change his last name or can i only change his name through deedpoll
Hj - 16-Aug-17 @ 3:07 PM
Grego - Your Question:
Hi, I have been separated from my husband for 5 years but we remain married. I am currently pregnant with a new partners child. Am I able to put my new partners name on birth certificate? Do I need any consent from my husband to do so?Many thanks

Our Response:
You can put the biological father of the child on its birth certificate. You won't need consent from your (soon to be ex) husband.
LawAndParents - 31-Jul-17 @ 11:02 AM
Hi, I have been separated from my husband for 5 years but we remain married. I am currently pregnant with a new partners child. Am I able to put my new partners name on birth certificate? Do I need any consent from my husband to do so? Many thanks
Grego - 27-Jul-17 @ 11:11 AM
jazzy-jeff - Your Question:
When registering a birth do I have to state that I am married to someone else whilst waiting for a divorce to be finalised?

Our Response:
You usually have to give your name and also maiden name. If your (soon to be ex) husband is the natural father, he can apply to the courts to have the name added anyway, so it's probably worth added that regardless. If not, you will not need to include his name.
LawAndParents - 25-Jul-17 @ 11:53 AM
When registering a birth do I have to state that I am married to someone else whilst waiting for a divorce to be finalised?
jazzy-jeff - 18-Jul-17 @ 11:44 AM
I have a son aged 19 months. I am not currently on his birth certificate as I have been in prison since his birth. Is it possible for me to get my name put on there now ? If so, can you please point me in the right direction. Both myself and his mam are wanting this.
A7571CE - 7-Jul-17 @ 9:39 PM
Marc - Your Question:
Is it possible for a single/unmarried father to register the birth by himself if the mother is absent or deceased? Would this complicate things and would he be able to add the mother's details in either case? Would a statutory declaration form be required if absent but not deceased?

Our Response:
If the mother cannot attend the registry officer, she can make a statutory declaration, confirming the name of the father, which he should take with him to give to the registrar.
LawAndParents - 5-Jul-17 @ 12:24 PM
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