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Register a birth

There is no charge for registering a birth. You should register the birth of your baby within 42 days of their birth.

How do I register a birth?

Contact the Register Office to make an appointment to register a birth:

Visit our Register Office location and opening times page for more details.

What information will I need for my appointment?

Visit the government birth registration page for a list of the information you need when registering a birth

To help ensure the information we record is accurate, bring supporting documentation with you such as a passport, driving license, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates. Do not worry if any of these documents are not available as the registrar can still register the birth.

Who can register a birth?

Information on who can register a birth and the names which can be recorded on birth certificates

Where can I register a birth?

A birth must be registered in the district in which it occurred. For example, a baby born at the University Hospital of North Tees must be registered in Stockton-on-Tees.

If you gave birth outside of the area you live in read the 'Register a birth by declaration' section below.

Register a birth by declaration

If you don't live in the area that your baby was born in you can attend any Register Office in England and Wales to make a 'Birth Declaration'.

You will need to provide the information necessary to register the birth. The Registrar will then post the declaration to the Register Office in the area your baby was born in and they will forward your baby's documents to you through the post.

Re-registering a child's birth

Re-registering a child's birth means making a new record in the birth register.

It is a requirement by law to re-register your child's birth if the child's natural parents marry each other after the original birth registration.

There is no fee for re-registration.


Personal information collected from you to register a birth is required by law.

Further information on data held by the registration service and a full list of the organisations with the registration data is shared with and the purpose and the lawful basis for sharing the data can be found on our privacy notices page.

For further help regarding your personal information contact officers at the Register Office on 01642 527720.