Registering a birth

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To register a birth or death, please book your appointment online.

4. Who can register a birth

Opposite-sex couples

Married or civil-partner parents

Either parent can register the birth on their own. They can include both parents’ details if they were married or in a civil partnership when the baby was born or conceived.

Book online to register a birth

Unmarried parents

The details of both parents can be included on the birth certificate if they both sign the birth register.

During the telephone appointment, the registrar will need to speak to both parents. In exceptional circumstances, if the parents are at separate locations, the registrar can arrange to call each parent separately.

Book online to register a birth

Same-sex female couples

Married or civil-partner parents

Either parent can register the birth on their own if both of these statements are true:

  • The mother has a child by donor insemination or fertility treatment.
  • She was married or in a civil partnership at the time of the treatment.

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Unmarried, non-civil-partner parents

When a mother is not married or in a civil partnership, her partner can be seen as the child’s second parent if both women:

  • Are treated together in the UK by a licensed clinic.
  • Have made a ‘parenthood agreement’.

However, for both parents’ details to be recorded on the birth certificate, they must both sign the register.

During the telephone appointment, the registrar will need to speak to both parents. In exceptional circumstances, if the parents are at separate locations, the registrar can arrange to call each parent separately.

Book online to register a birth

Same-sex male couples

Male couples must get a parental order from the court before they can be registered as parents.

Other people who can register a birth

In exceptional circumstances, if the parents cannot register the birth (for example, for medical reasons) certain other people can do it:

  • Someone who was present at the birth.
  • Someone who is legally responsible for the child.
  • A member of the administrative staff at the hospital where the child was born.

Please call us on 0345 60 80 198 to arrange to register in these circumstances.

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