See detailed information about registering a birth on GOV.UK.
Book an appointment to register a birth
Visit GOV.UK for information on who can register a birth as this depends on whether the baby's parents were/weren't married or in a civil partnership at the time of the birth.
See Register Office fees for details of costs relating to birth certificates.
Registering a birth
At 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
If possible, bring the following documents to help us 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 and you'll be asked to carefully check and sign it.
Once you've signed the register it could cost up to £90.00 to make corrections, 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: 020 7520 1430.