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Registering a birth

How to register a birth

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Can I now register the birth of my child in Wiltshire?

Yes the Registration Service has recommenced appointments for the registration of births.

We realise that due to the current pandemic many parents have had to wait a considerable length of time to make an appointment to register their baby's birth.  We are now in a position to re-open our appointment telephone line 0300 003 4569 to enable all new parents to make appointments for birth registrations which have occurred within our local authority boundaries.

Some babies born during the lockdown period from 24 March to 01 June 2020 inclusive have still to be registered.  We would urge parents who have not yet made an appointment to contact the above number as soon as possible to complete the process.

Birth certificates cost £11 each.  If you wish to purchase birth certificates please note that at present card payments only can be processed.  We cannot currently accept cash or cheque payments.

Due to the considerable backlog created by COVID-19 we are only able to register births which have occurred in Wiltshire.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to Wiltshire residents whose child was born in another district.  They will need to contact the district of birth to arrange for their baby to be registered there.

Appointments cannot currently be made online.

Re-registering a birth - postponed until further notice

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 certificates. 

A full certificate includes all birth details and parents details and is the type of certificate required for any official purpose e.g. passport application. A short certificate does not show parents' details and only records the names, date of birth and place of birth of the child.

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Last updated: 7 July 2020 | Last reviewed: 7 July 2020