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Registering The Birth of a Child

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 13 Dec 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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My ex won’t sign the birth certificate but I don’t want to leave it blank. Is there anything I can do to get his name down? Willing to take legal action against him as it’s not fair that my son should have that left blank as he doesn’t want to take responsibility.
Charlotte ???? - 13-Dec-17 @ 12:48 PM
Dely - Your Question:
I gave birth to a girl 30 days ago and I have an issue registration her. The problem is that the father of my child is not my husband. Thean is happy to recognise the child as his but I'm not sure how to do it

Our Response:
You cannot put your husband's name on the birth certificate if he's not the natural father. If the natural father agrees, you can put his name on the certificate. The registrar will require proof of his consent so he may have to go with your, sign a form etc.
LawAndParents - 8-Dec-17 @ 2:05 PM
I gave birth to a girl 30 days ago and I have an issue registration her. The problem is that the father of my child is not my husband. Thean is happy to recognise the child as his but I'm not sure how to do it
Dely - 7-Dec-17 @ 11:03 AM
I am 32 weeks preganunt and I am just a bit worried about the father of my baby as he is under the age of 16 he is 15 and I am 17years old we have been in a realtionship for 3 years we just worried if he would get declined or turned down to be on the baby’s birth certificate or if anything would happen?
Anna123x - 6-Nov-17 @ 7:50 PM
mellie - Your Question:
So I became pregnant but haven't got a clue who the dad is and there is no way of finding out. I am due to give birth in 4 weeks time and I wondered if there is any way of getting my same sex fiancee on the birth certificate. If not what other options do we have to make her a recognised parent of my child.

Our Response:
Here's the government advice:
"If both parents are married or civil-partners either parent can register the birth on her own if all of the following are true:
the mother has a child by donor insemination or fertility treatment
she was married or in a civil partnership at the time of the treatment
If parents are unmarried, or non-civil-partner parents, a partner can be seen as the child’s second parent if both women:
are treated together in the UK by a licensed clinic
have made a ‘parenthood agreement’
However, for both parents’ details to be recorded on the birth certificate, they must do one of the following:
register the birth jointly
complete a ‘Statutory declaration of acknowledgement of parentage’ form and one parent takes the signed form when she registers the birth
get a document from the court (eg a court order) giving the second female parent parental responsibility and one parent shows the document when she registers the birth
LawAndParents - 6-Nov-17 @ 3:42 PM
So I became pregnant but haven't got a clue who the dad is and there is no way of finding out. I am due to give birth in 4 weeks time and I wondered if there is any way of getting my same sex fiancee on the birth certificate. If not what other options do we have to make her a recognised parent of my child.
mellie - 6-Nov-17 @ 1:41 PM
Miaaa - Your Question:
Can I my child have his fathers second name if the father is not on the birth certificate? Or does it HAVE to be my second name?

Our Response:
You can actually name your child however you like. It would be a little inconsiderate however, to give the father's name if the father is not on the birth certificate.
LawAndParents - 6-Nov-17 @ 12:38 PM
Tomscore - Your Question:
Hello , I have a situation in my hands and I really could do with a bit of guidance. Bassically I slept with this girl just over a year ago and she said she was pregnant. I asked her to abort as she didnt even know me but by the looks of it she made a fake story saying that before we had sexual intercourse she had lost twins due to miss carriage (Wich was a lie ) then few months after , she said that her bf did a test and it came positive so of course I was over the moon. Months go past and her partner called me saying that he had just done a test and that he was not the father. ( She obvioulsy lied again!. Anyway , the baby is born and shes 4/5 months old and has hes name on her birth certificate and the mother well obviously shes ashamed and wont put my name on her and rather keep the name of her boyfriend on her birth certificate.( yea , its messes up) worse part is. he seems to not care about her lying for over a year about having a baby she made him believe she was hes. Now shes asking me to do a dna test. Prob cause she wants money from me. My question is , being a single father , if the test comes positive. How on earth can I get her to get her boyfriends name of my child ? How do I get to keep in contact with my daughter without her denying me to visit ? And what can I do ? Its really messed up. I want to man up for the child in question but I want to make it legit and my possible daughter having someone elses name on her without him being the dad ? Akward. Shes obiously to ashamed for everyone to know hes not the dad but she wont be decent and do the right thing. Any help is highly apreciatted

Our Response:
If a DNA test proves you are the father, you can apply to the courts to have your name placed on the birth certificate (instead of the current "father's" name). Once your name is on the birth certificate, your child has a right to contact with you, as the father and you can apply for a child arrangements order, if the mother will not include you in any contact arrangements. The name change is a different proposition, we are unsure whether you would have any success in trying to get the surname changed.
LawAndParents - 6-Nov-17 @ 10:37 AM
Can I my child have his fathers second name if the father is not on the birth certificate? Or does it HAVE to be my second name?
Miaaa - 4-Nov-17 @ 6:06 PM
Hello , i have a situation in my hands and i really could do with a bit of guidance..Bassically i slept with this girl just over a year ago and she said she was pregnant . I asked her to abort as she didnt even know me but by the looks of it she made a fake story saying that before we had sexual intercourse she had lost twins due to miss carriage (Wich was a lie ) then few months after , she said that her bf did a test and it came positive so of course i was over the moon. Months go past and her partner called me saying that he had just done a test and that he was not the father. ( She obvioulsy lied again! . Anyway , the baby is born and shes 4/5 months old and has hes name on her birth certificate and the mother well obviously shes ashamed and wont put my name on her and rather keep the name of her boyfriend on her birth certificate .( yea , its messes up) worse part is . he seems to not care about her lying for over a year about having a baby she made him believe she was hes. Now shes asking me to do a dna test . Prob cause she wants money from me.My question is , being a single father , if the test comes positive. How on earth can i gether to get her boyfriends name of my child ? How do i get to keep in contact with my daughter without her denying me to visit ?And what can i do ? Its really messed up... I want to man up for the child in question but i want to make it legit and my possible daughter having someone elses name on her without him being the dad ?Akward . Shesobiously to ashamed for everyone to know hes not the dad but she wont be decent and do the right thing. Any help is highly apreciatted
Tomscore - 3-Nov-17 @ 6:40 PM
Do I have this situation: I have a boyfriend since 2009 ,who is separated from his wife,but not divorced. The wife use to live back in Romania untill two years ago approximately. Then she came in UK with the two children she had from the marriage. In UK she use to live with her brother and relatives. Since she came,my boyfriend visited several times to see the children,but seems like they had sex together. She got pregnant straight away and since then she cut any contact with the father of her childrens,and hided very well her pregnancy. Even when she gave birth,she didn’t declare any information regarding the father.My boyfriend (her’s “legal” husband ),found out about her pregnancy just by case and asked questions,being that they were about to divorce at that moment. She highly denied that he is the father. After a while she changed her mind and asked him to re-register the new born as his child. They filed form for re-register,but from the letter received back from autorities sounds like there could be a prosecution because of false declaration. I want to make clear that this lady has done false statements since she arrived in UK,declaring her self “alone parent”,looking to grab as much benefits possible (which she obtained—even a house from Council). NOW: the only thing I would like to know is ,if my boyfriend (her husband by law but not on fact),could be considered responsable or acused related to those false declararation and all stuff not very honest done by the wife(of course without his knowledge or consent).
Iulia - 27-Oct-17 @ 12:17 AM
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
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