Registering a birth

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In line with Government guidelines, face coverings must be worn by all visitors to our Register Offices.

You may be asked to temporarily remove your face covering for identification purposes.

2. Where to register a birth

Babies born in East Sussex;

(excludes Brighton & Hove)

  • We will contact you in chronological order according to the child’s date of birth. Please be patient while we deal with the backlog of births first.
  • Your registration interview will be by telephone.
  • The registrar will arrange a time for you to visit the register office to check and sign the register page.
  • Your appointment to sign the register will take place either in the car park or at the doors to the register office (dependent on site facilities).
  • In line with Government guidelines, face coverings must be worn by all visitors to our Register Offices.You may be asked to temporarily remove your face covering for identification purposes.
  • You will need to bring a blue or black biro/ball point pen to sign with.
  • Birth certificates can be ordered online after the page is signed.

Babies born elsewhere;

The birth should be registered by the registrar for the district where the birth took place. Find a register office

We have special arrangements with Brighton & Hove City Council and West Sussex County Council for East Sussex residents who gave birth in their administrative areas;

Brighton & Hove;

  • Residents of East Sussex who gave birth in Brighton & Hove can register at Lewes Register Office.
    • You will be required to join our waiting list and may not be able to register your birth for several weeks/months, in line with other babies born at the same time in East Sussex.
    • You will need to email registrar@eastsussex.gov.uk stating that you wish to join our waiting list and include;
      • The natural mother’s name as shown on the hospital discharge papers.
      • The natural mother’s home address and phone number.
      • The baby’s date and place of birth.
    • Residents of Brighton & Hove who gave birth outside of East Sussex County Council’s administrative area cannot register at East Sussex register offices.

West Sussex;

  • Residents of East Sussex who gave birth in West Sussex can register at Lewes Register Office or Crowborough Register Office.
    • You will be required to join our waiting list and may not be able to register your birth for several weeks/months, in line with other babies born at the same time in East Sussex.
    • You will need to email registrar@eastsussex.gov.uk stating that you wish to join our waiting list and include;
      • The natural mother’s name as shown on the hospital discharge papers.
      • The natural mother’s home address and phone number.
      • The baby’s date and place of birth.
    • Residents of West Sussex who gave birth outside of East Sussex County Council’s administrative area cannot register at East Sussex register offices.

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