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Registering The Birth of a Child

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 14 May 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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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
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?
Ponypies6 - 8-Apr-18 @ 12:27 AM
Sammy - Your Question:
Hi , my son has recently split from his partner. She registered their son at birth 20 months ago but didn’t have his name put on the birth certificate. Now she has informed him that she has now registered his name on the birth certificate but can she just do this without him knowing or signing a declaration? She said she needed it for the letting agency which she is about to rent with her new partner?He also received a form from csa this week despite paying her child maintenance weekly

Our Response:
No, the father's permission is required before it can be put on the birth certificate unless they were married. In general:
"Either parent can register the birth on their own. They can include both parents’ details if they were married when the baby was born or conceived.
Unmarried parents:
- The details of both parents can be included on the birth certificate if one of the following happens:
- they sign the birth register together
- one parent completes a statutory declaration of parentage form and the other takes the signed form to register the birth
- one parent goes to register the birth with a document from the court (eg a court order) giving the father parental responsibility

The mother can choose to register the birth on her own if she isn’t married to the child’s father. The father’s details won’t be included on the birth certificate."
LawAndParents - 4-Apr-18 @ 2:28 PM
Hi , my son has recently split from his partner . She registered their son at birth 20 months ago but didn’t have his name put on the birth certificate. Now she has informed him that she has now registered his name on the birth certificate but can she just do this without him knowing or signing a declaration? She said she needed it for the letting agency which she is about to rent with her new partner?He also received a form from csa this week despite paying her child maintenance weekly
Sammy - 2-Apr-18 @ 7:18 AM
Nat - Your Question:
What happens to benefits if you have 50/50 contact with your baby. We both have 3.5 days a week with him. who claims?

Our Response:
You will need to agree this between yourselves if the care is shared on 50.50 basis.
LawAndParents - 28-Mar-18 @ 2:10 PM
Nat - Your Question:
Me and my husband broke up roughly a month ago it turns out I'm just over a month pregnant. As we are married if I have this baby do I have to put him on the birth certificate?

Our Response:
You do not have to put name him on the birth certificate but he can apply to the court to have his name added to the birth certificate if he chooses.
LawAndParents - 28-Mar-18 @ 2:06 PM
What happens to benefits if you have 50/50 contact with your baby. We both have 3.5 days a week with him... who claims?
Nat - 26-Mar-18 @ 8:16 PM
Me and my husband broke up roughly a month ago it turns out I'm just over a month pregnant. As we are married if I have this baby do I have to put him on the birth certificate?
Nat - 26-Mar-18 @ 8:15 PM
Hi. I recently got married and within few months of my marriage I had to get a barring order from my husband due to domestic abuse and violence...and a couple of times I almost lost my baby due to my husband emotional and verbal abuse. I struggled throughout the rest of my pregnancy all by myself until I gave birth to my beautiful baby. To cut the story short I registered my baby with my surname only. But put her father details on the birth certificate. Now since the birth of my baby my husband never want to contribute with the maintenance and also refusing to sign the baby passport saying that the baby don't have he's surname. What can I do please
Mickxx - 17-Mar-18 @ 2:56 PM
Hi i had a baby last year April, a month after my partner cut all communication after i couldn't make the registration of birth because i started new job and it was two days notice, i live wales she lives London, I've not heard a reply since i don't know where she is, she lost her rights few years prison from a offense that she had three years, she can leave UK but would not be able to return, other week she got me done for harasment on me begging her to ring me , because I've not seen them for nearly a year since he was born, i had to plea guilty, in her statement she says that the child is not mine, I've a hospital percritption document, that she had sent with my surname on, from a month after he was born. The baby is definitely mine, i will prove that by DNA, but cos she's lied in court Nd being she's lost her rights, what could potentially happened to her and the evidence is so highly stack against her thanks Stuart
Stuie - 25-Feb-18 @ 1:44 PM
What happens if a parent lies about there occupation
Bd - 24-Feb-18 @ 10:58 PM
Jo4321 - Your Question:
Hello I have a 3 year old son but his dad is not on the birth certificate and he has residence my little boy and do I have to put him on the birth certificate to get half of child tax and child benefit.

Our Response:
Only one parent can claim Child Benefit, this is usually the parent with majority care. The same may apply to Child tax credits, you would need to contact HMRC to ask about that.
LawAndParents - 19-Feb-18 @ 3:22 PM
Hello I have a 3 year old son but his dad is not on the birth certificate and he has residence my little boy and do I have to put him on the birth certificate to get half of child tax and child benefit.
Jo4321 - 19-Feb-18 @ 1:36 PM
Bee - Your Question:
I have given birth to a beautiful girl but I'm so confused about address wise. Me and babies dad have different legal addresses, I 'lodge' with my partner although I am still registered at my mother's address. Whos address would she legally be registered a mother's or fathers as we will be staying there for a little while

Our Response:
It's better to put the address at which you're actually living so you should really take steps to register yourself at the place you live to avoid confusion.
LawAndParents - 6-Feb-18 @ 2:51 PM
I have given birth to a beautiful girl but I'm so confused about address wise. Me and babies dad have different legal addresses, I 'lodge' with my partner although I am still registered at my mother's address. Whos address would she legally be registered a mother's or fathers as we will be staying there for a little while
Bee - 6-Feb-18 @ 12:50 AM
I dated a man twice known him a few mth and then he broke up with me after the breakup i found out that im pregnant. Now this guy wants to use baby to get permenant visa to live in uk and i dont want him to be a part of our lives .... what are my rights .. the baby isnt born yet its a risky complicated pregnancy too ...
Sam - 31-Jan-18 @ 2:07 PM
wizard- Your Question:
Can some one tell me the law on a women not letting the male know she's gone to give birth does so registered the baby and the farther unknown then contacts csa to have money out my wages I have one child to this lady another she will not let me see and one on the way and she will do the same again I only see my first cos he is in my name just!!! I had to have that amended I love my kids to bits can someone shed some light on that for me pkease

Our Response:
You can apply to the courts to have your name added to the birth certificate.Likewise if you want contact with your child(ren) and the mother is preventing it, the courts will be able to help you with a court order. If you can possibly come to an agreement via a mediation service before trying court that would be recommended.
LawAndParents - 29-Jan-18 @ 10:56 AM
Singledad - Your Question:
Hi please can someone help I have PR of my daughter I’m on birth certificate was reg on 2 December 2003. The mother walked out in 2008 so coming up 10 years. Not hardly any contact just trouble. So I have to say to her my change of address even if in same area just a little further away.

Our Response:
You're not obliged to inform your ex of a change of address as long as the relevant authorities (relating to child contact, maintenance etc) can contact you.
LawAndParents - 29-Jan-18 @ 10:54 AM
Ive just came in the uk on spouse visa and pragnant 5 months my husband left me and I have doubts as he is threatening me he is not going to registers our kid on his name I want to know that what will my baby rites here as I’m afraid he’ll send us both back can any one help me to know what will mine and my baby rites after his birth
Anaya - 26-Jan-18 @ 7:42 PM
Simon - Your Question:
Just a quick question really, I have a 21 year old daughter and I was never on her birth certificate and now she wants me adding.Can this be done?

Our Response:
Yes if the mother consents this is a relatively straightforward process - here is the form you need to complete
LawAndParents - 26-Jan-18 @ 10:13 AM
Can some one tell me the law on a women not letting the male know she's gone to give birth does so registered the baby and the farther unknown then contacts csa to have money out my wages I have one child to this lady another she will not let me see and one on the way and she will do the same again I only see my first cos he is in my name just!!! I had to have that amended I love my kids to bits can someone shed some light on that for me pkease
wizard - 26-Jan-18 @ 7:49 AM
Hi please can someone help I have PR of my daughter I’m on birth certificate was reg on 2 December 2003. The mother walked out in 2008 so coming up 10 years. Not hardly any contact just trouble. So I have to say to her my change of address even if in same area just a little further away.
Singledad - 26-Jan-18 @ 7:08 AM
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