Births & naming ceremonies

What you need to bring with you when registering a birth

During your appointment you will need to give the registrar the following information:

  • the place and date of the baby's birth
  • the baby's forenames, surname and gender
  • the baby's parents' forenames, surnames and their places of birth
  • the baby's parents' usual address
  • The baby's parents occupations
  • the baby's mother's maiden surname and any previous married surname

Please remember that the information you give us is very important and should be correct. You will be asked to check the information before you sign the register. Make sure you do this carefully. If mistakes are made for example in the spelling of names, it is difficult to change them later.

The General Register Office will charge a fee of up to £90 if a correction is requested after the register page has been signed. 

The registrar will record the details and print a copy of the birth registration for you to check and sign.

Note: Please bring the discharge papers from the hospital or midwife or the child's red book.

Documents to have with you:

  • Official paperwork with the baby’s NHS number on such as the notification of birth or red book

It is also useful to bring with you:

  • the parents' passports

  • the parents' marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)

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