Registering a birth: step by step

Coronavirus update

As some restrictions are lifted, we are due to reopen to members of the public for birth appointments from 6 July. You can now book appointments online

Please do not attend the register office without a pre-booked appointment. You should also observe social distancing rules when attending your appointment.

As the office was closed over the last few months, we have a backlog of registrations. To help us deal with this we are prioritising the registration of babies by their date of birth. We appreciate your patience.

Registering your newborn no longer required within 42 days

The UK government has suspended the 42 day limit to register a birth during the pandemic.

You can make a claim for child benefit or universal credit before the birth is registered. Find out how you can claim on GOV.UK.

  1. Find out who can arrange the registration of a birth.

  2. You must provide certain documents and details in order to register the birth.

  3. You can book an appointment via our online form.

  4. To minimise the number of people who are in contact with each other during this time, we have a number of rules in place in order to keep you and our staff safe.