During your appointment we’ll ask about your baby:
- Their first name, middle name(s) and surname
- Whether they are a boy or a girl
- When they were born – this will just be the date, unless you’re registering twins or triplets etc, in which case we’ll also need the time when each baby was born
And we’ll ask about you, and the baby’s other parent if you’re both being included on the birth certificate:
- if the child's parents were married to each other, or in a civil partnership at the time of the child's birth, either parent may attend the Register Office for the appointment.
- If the child's parents were not married to each other, or in a civil partnership at the time of birth, and both parents wish to be named on the birth certificate, both parents must be present at the appointment. If a the second parent's details are not to be included on the birth certificate, the child's mother alone may attend the appointment.
If English is not your first language and you feel you may need the help of an interpreter, please ensure someone who can interpret for you is also present at your appointment.
During the appointment, the registrar will ask you for the following information:
- Your name and address
- Your occupation
- Where and when you were born
- If you have any other children
- Any previous names or surnames
- The date of your marriage or civil partnership (if this applies)
Your Registrar will then ask you to check and sign the register page – please bring your own pen (blue or black ink).
It’s really useful if you can also bring:
- Your passport(s) or,
- Your driving licence(s) or,
- A recent utility bill
- and your marriage or civil partnership certificate, if this applies
But don’t worry if you don’t have these documents available, you may still sign the register page without them.
However, it can cost you between £75 and £90 if you need to correct or add any information at a later date. So before you sign the register, please make sure you check all the information carefully.