Registering a birth

All births must be registered within 42 days.

Book Online or call 0345 60 80 198 for an appointment at your local register office.

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How much does it cost?

Registration is free.

Birth certificates cost £4 each when you register and £10 each from when the entry is submitted to the Superintendent Registrar at the end of that day. Birth certificates are required for passport applications, opening bank accounts and applying for child benefit and tax credits etc.

We also stock a range of commemorative items and can provide Naming and Welcoming Ceremonies at a venue of your choice to mark the safe arrival of your little one.

View details of our venues and ceremonies in our ceremonies brochure.

Who can register?

If the parents are married to each other, the mother or father can register.

If the parents are unmarried, the father can only be included on the registration if he accompanies the mother to register.

Further help and guidance can be found at Gov.uk/register a birth.

How do I register?

You do not need to bring your baby with you when you register. The registrar will already have been informed of the birth by the NHS.

The registrar will ask you;

  • When was the birth
  • Where did it happen
  • The full names of the parents
  • Dates and places of birth of the parents
  • The occupations of the parents

It is helpful, if you could bring supporting documentation with you (e.g. passport, driving licence, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates) although we can register without them.

You MUST check the entry carefully before signing, a correction to a birth register entry will cost up to £90 plus the cost of replacement certificates

Babies born in Brighton & Hove

If your baby was born in Brighton & Hove you can register your baby’s birth at Lewes Register Office. Please make an appointment.

Babies born in West Sussex

If your baby was born in West Sussex you can register your baby’s birth at our Crowborough or Lewes Register Offices. Please make an appointment.

Re-registering

If you are the natural parents of a child and have got married since its birth, or if you wish to add the name of the father onto the birth certificate, then you will need to re-register the birth.