Registering a birth

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).
  • 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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