Register a birth

Your baby’s birth must be registered within 42 days of the date of the birth. Most people will do this at their local register office, but you can register a birth at any register office in England and Wales.

Further information

Who can register the birth?

  • The mother of the baby
  • The father of the baby if he was married to the mother at the time of the birth
  • The mother and the father jointly if they are not married at the time of the birth.
  • Either parent attending alone, if they were not married at the time of birth, with a legal document signed by the other parent.
  • The mother, if she is not married to the father, may register alone leaving out the details of the father. At a later date an application to re-register the birth may be made to include the father's details or following the marriage of the mother and father.

What information will I have to supply?

  • Your baby’s name, date of birth, place of birth and sex
  • The mother’s name, maiden name if appropriate, place of birth, address and occupation
  • The name, place of birth and occupation of the father, if he is being registered. If he is unemployed, his last occupation will be needed.

What other information is required?

Other information is legally required but will not be entered in the register. This confidential information will be used for statistical purposes.

It includes:

  • The father’s date of birth, where his name is entered in the register
  • The mother’s date of birth
  • The month and year of the marriage, when the baby’s parents are married
  • Whether the mother has been married more than once
  • Number of mother’s previous live children and stillbirths

What is the cost of a certificate?

From 1 November 2017, all certificates issued on the day of registration will cost £4 per copy. This will then increase to £7 and eventually £10 once the registration is archived. Free short birth certificates will no longer be issued.

Full birth certificates are available for a fee. These show all of the details recorded in the register entry. Many people purchase a full copy at the time of the registration as copies requested later may cost more.

How do I re-register a birth?

You can re-register a birth for two reasons:

  • to add the name of the father on to the birth certificate, whether by choice or due to a court order
  • if the parents have married since the birth of their child

A birth can be re-registered at any register office in England or Wales, and certificates cost £4 each.

If you wish to re-register to add the father's details, you will need to complete the form GRO 185, and if you wish to re-register after marrying, you will need to complete the form LA1. 

Both forms are available on the General Register Office website.

Contact us

Write to us: The City of Leicester Register Office, Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 9BG
Ring us on: 0116 454 1000