Registering a birth

Temporary relocation of York Register Office

See details of the temporary relocation of York Register Office happening between 7 January 2018 and 9 March 2018.

Contact York Register office to make an appointment to register a birth.

You must register a birth:

  • within 6 weeks (42 days) of the date of the birth
  • to obtain a birth certificate (and subsequently claim any child/family related benefits)
  • at the register office which covers the area where the birth took place

You can also register a birth at a SureStart Children's Centre, or by supplying the information to a registrar in another district.

Married parents registering a birth

If the parents of the baby were married to each other at the time of birth or conception either of them can register the birth - both parents do not need to attend the appointment.

Unmarried parents registering a birth

If the parents of the baby weren't married to each other when the baby was born, the mother can choose to register the birth on her own, and the father's details won't be included on the birth certificate.

The father's details can be entered on the register if:

  • both parents attend to register the birth
  • the father can’t attend but a statutory declaration acknowledging his paternity (which includes his signature witnessed by a solicitor/Justice of the Peace) is given to the registrar by the mother
  • the mother can’t attend but a statutory declaration acknowledging erpaternity (which includes her signature witnessed by a solicitor/Justice of the Peace) is given to the registrar by the father
  • the parents have made a parental responsibility agreement or have obtained an appropriate court order (in which case either parent can show the agreement/order to the registrar)

Adding the father's details to the register gives him parental rights and responsibilities.

It might be possible to add the father’s details to the register at a later date, by completing an application to re-register a birth, visit the Gov.uk website for further information.

Other people who can register a birth

If the parents can’t register the birth (for example, for medical reasons), certain other people can do it:

  • someone who was present at the birth
  • someone who is responsible for the child
  • a member of the administrative staff at the hospital where the child was born

Information needed to register a birth

When registering a birth you must provide the following information:

  • place and date of the birth
  • name, surname and sex of the baby
  • 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 please bring the following documents:

  • passports, driving licences or proof of name for mother and father
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate (where appropriate)
  • proof of address

Birth certificates

When registering a birth, you can purchase a birth certificate which states the child’s full name and date of birth alongside the parent's details. You will need a birth certificate for a passport application or to open a savings account for your child.

Birth certificates cost £4.00 each.

If English is not your first language

If English is not your first language and you would like someone to help you with the registration, please feel free to ask a relative or friend to come with you to the Registrar's Office. Remember 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. Contact them on tel: 0207 5201430.

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