How to register a birth

Covid-19 (Coronavirus): Registration of births is suspended until further notice. Please do not try to book an appointment online or by calling our Customer Service Centre. During this time, parents are able make a claim for child benefit or universal credit and register with your doctor before a birth is registered as previous restrictions have been lifted in the meantime.

As parents of your new-born child, you are legally required to register the birth. You need to register your baby’s birth in order to obtain a birth certificate and give him/her an official identity. You can then use the certificate to claim child benefit and other family-related benefits. By law, you must register the birth of your child within 42 days (six weeks) of the date of birth.

Registering a birth

To register a birth, please contact your local register office to make an appointment.

The birth must be registered in the registration district in which it occurred. Babies born in Nottingham City Hospital or Queen's Medical Centre can be registered in any Nottinghamshire office.

If you would prefer to register the birth outside of Nottinghamshire, details of the birth may be given at any other register office in England and Wales by making a declaration. However, there will be a delay in such cases since any birth certificates you request will be sent to you by post.

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