See detailed information about registering a birth on GOV.UK, including who can register a birth which depends on whether the baby's parents were/weren't married or in a civil partnership at the time of the birth.
Book an appointment to register a birth
Following advice from the government about coronavirus, from Monday 15 June, you'll be able to make a appointment to register a birth at York Register Office. We've adapted our offices to ensure the safety of our staff and customers, and to help minimise the spread of coronavirus.
If your baby was born on or before 15 June 2020, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and provide:
- your baby’s date of birth
- names of the baby's parents
- contact phone number
We'll ring you back as soon as possible to make an appointment for you.
If your baby was born after 15 June 2020 you should not contact us at this time - we'll publish more information to let you know when to contact us, shortly.
See Register Office fees for details of costs relating to birth certificates.
Registering a birth
During your appointment to register a birth you must provide details of:
- place and date of the birth
- sex of the baby
- baby's name and surname (normally the mother or father's surname; but once decided this can only be changed by re-registering a birth)
- parents' names, surnames and address
- places and dates of parents' birth
- date of parents marriage or civil partnership
- parents' jobs
- mother's maiden surname
The following documents can help to record accurate information:
- passports, driving licences or proof of parents' names
- marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
- proof of address
The birth will be recorded in the register.
It could cost up to £90.00 to make corrections to the register, and in some cases it won't be possible to change information recorded. Contact York Register Office if you need to amend any information recorded in the register.
You can buy a birth certificate at your appointment to register a birth, this states the baby's full name and date of birth alongside the parents’ details; you'll need a birth certificate for a passport application, or to open a savings account for your child.
If English is not your first language
If English is not your first language and you'd like someone to help you at your appointment to register a birth you can ask a relative or friend to come with you. However, you must register the birth personally and cannot ask someone to do this for you.
The Government Language Line service can help you with translation, telephone: 02075 201430.