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Register a birth

Registering a birth

How to register a birth

Book a birth registration appointment in person or by phone

Contact us to make an appointment

Re-registering a birth

The re-registering of a child's birth occurs for the following reasons:

  • If the natural parents marry after the birth of their child they are required under the Legitimacy Act 1976 to apply for the re-registration of their child's birth. Form LA1 must be completed and signed by the both the natural parents, but it is only necessary for one of the parents to attend the registration office with their marriage certificate.
  • A birth may be re-registered to include the details of the natural father where the parents were not married at the time of the birth, have not married since and no father's name was recorded at the time of the birth, or at the time of the original registration.  Form GRO185 must be completed.  Both parents must attend to re-register

The re-registration takes approximately 20 - 30 minutes.


How much does it cost?

We provide the above services free of charge, there is a charge for the issue of any additional certificates. 

A short birth certificate will also be issued free of charge, however this certificate does not show parents' details.

The parents will have the opportunity to purchase one or more full birth certificates, which includes parents' details, usually required for official purposes e.g. Passport.



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Last updated: 22 July 2016 | Last reviewed: 22 July 2016