You will be seen by a registrar and the appointment should take no more than half an hour. You do not need to take your baby to the appointment with you.
You will be given a short birth certificate, costing £4.00. This will show the baby’s full name, sex, date of birth, and district of birth.
Full birth certificates giving details of parents as well as the child are available at the time of registration and these also cost £4.00. Full birth certificates are required for first-time British passport applications. Find out more information about certificates.
If you wish to amend details or record new information on birth certificates you must apply to the Registrar General for authorisation. If this is agreed the Registrar General will provide instructions to the local registrar who will arrange an appointment for you to sign the amendment as correct.
Your local registration office will be able to issue a new certificate for a fee.
You may record new or different forenames(s) in a birth record within 12 months of the date of registration. Please note that this will cost £40.00.
You may also add the natural fathers’ details where the parents marry, where a Declaration of Parentage is issued by the court and where a Parental Order is issued for a child born through surrogacy.
For further information please visit the General Register Office or telephone 0300 123 1837.