Register a birth
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 or her an official identity.
Information to know before you register
Before you book an appointment to register a birth with one of our registrars, you should know the following information.
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There is no charge to register a birth.
The cost of certificates can be found on our Registration fees page. Please bring cash or card to pay for certificates. We cannot accept other methods such as Apple Pay or Google Pay via your mobile phone.
If you were married to each other at the time of the baby’s birth, either of you may attend to register. Should circumstances not allow either parent to attend in person within 42 days, please seek further advice from your local register office.
If you were not married to each other at the time of your child’s birth, the father’s details can only be entered into the register if either:
- both parents attend together or
- one of you makes a ‘Statutory declaration of acknowledgement of parentage’ or a relevant court order has been made
If the father’s details are not recorded at the time of registration, it may be possible to do this at a later date by re-registering the birth. Parents who subsequently marry each other are required to apply for the birth to be re-registered as a result of that marriage.
Same-sex female couples
Same-sex couples can now become equal legal parents of children they conceive together or conceive through a surrogate.
Married or civil partner parents
Female couples who are married or civil partners at the time of conception and conceive a child together through artificial insemination will both automatically be treated as their child’s legal parents. In such cases, either parent may register the birth.
Unmarried parents or not in a civil partnership
Female couples who are not married or civil partners at the time of conception but conceive a child together through a fertility clinic in the UK licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority may also be treated as their child’s legal parents. In such cases, the mother may register the birth alone, but the second parent’s details can only be recorded in the register if either
- they attend to register together or
- the mother or second parent makes a ‘Statutory declaration of acknowledgement of parentage’
Same-sex male couples
Different options are available to same-sex male couples depending on their specific circumstances.
Further information can be obtained from the Stonewall website - guide to 'Parenthood for same-sex couples'.
Bring the following to your appointment:
- your own personal identification (for example passport, Council Tax Demand, driving licence or proof of address such as a utility bill)
- a black ballpoint/ink pen
- the Red Book (this can occasionally be helpful but is generally not needed)
The first birth certificate issued at the time of registration is no longer free. Please see our Registration fees page.
The appointment will last about 20 minutes. You will be asked basic questions about the parents and the child. You will then be asked to check and sign the completed entry in the birth register to confirm that all the information given by you is correct.
Any errors found at a later date can only be changed in accordance with the legal procedures. There is a statutory fee of £75 or £90 (depending on circumstances) for the consideration of a correction, regardless of whether your request is successful or not.
At the end of the appointment you will be able to purchase certificates. Please bring cash or card to pay with. We cannot accept other methods, such as Apple Pay or Google Pay with your mobile phone.
Book an appointment with a registrar
Book an appointment to register a birth at one of the following register offices:
- Sutton in Ashfield
- West Bridgford
To book an appointment with a registrar online, please use the link below.
Alternative ways to do this
If you are unable to book an appointment online, please telephone our customer service centre on 0300 500 80 80.