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Your baby must be registered in the district where the birth took place. There is normally a set deadline to do this (this may vary according to where you reside). Registration can often be done at the hospital or at your local council.

You will also need to inquire at your Embassy or Consulate in order to understand the procedure to register your baby under your home country laws.

 
Who can register the baby
If the parents are married, either the mother or father can register the birth on their own. Otherwise there are several options: i) both parents can register the birth together; ii) one parent can register the baby giving the registrar a statutory declaration form completed by the other parent who is not attending the registration; or iii) someone can present to the registrar another document allowing the registration of the baby (example: parental responsibility agreement, court order, etc.).  This can be presented at the time of registration.
 

Where to register the baby

You can normally register the birth of your baby at the register office local to where the baby was born. This office is normally able to issue a certificate of birth straight away. You can also register your baby at a different register office. It normally makes sense to make an appointment to avoid waiting time.

In some cases you will also be able to register your baby at the hospital. You should verify with your hospital if this is possible.
 

Birth Certificate

The birth certificate is a very important document in the UK and you will need to produce it in many instances during the life of your child. Make sure that this is kept safe.

 
 
 
 
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This page was last updated on 30.12.2010
 
 
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