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Register a birth

How to register a birth

Registering a birth is one of the first thing you will do as a new parent and we are happy to help you with this. In your appointment we will ask you a series of legal questions and then produce a certificate for you at a government fixed fee.

Appointments last about 20 minutes. Unfortunately you will not be seen if you are late. You will be asked to wait outside until your appointment time so please dress appropriately for the weather. There is no provision in law to register a birth remotely or virtually.

Payment for certificates are done via the booking process by Visa and MasterCard only. You will not be able to pay for certificates on the day of your appointment.

Please ensure you have read all the government guidance on registering a birth before making a booking.

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Further information

There is a 42-day limit to register a birth and new parents will soon be contacted and be asked to register their newborn if they have yet to do so within the legal time frame.

Easements in place for the pandemic have ended and you will need a birth certificate when claiming any benefits related to the birth of a newborn.

Failing to register a birth when requested to do so can result in prosecution.

Please attend your appointment with as few people as legally possible. This may include arranging childcare where possible. You will be asked to wear a face covering and to maintain social distancing at all time.

Please ensure you remain at home if you or anybody you have been around have, or have symptoms of, coronavirus (Covid-19).

Don’t miss out on Child Benefit

Information about child benefit can be found on GOV.UK. This includes the Child Benefit claim form CH2.

This must be printed out, filled in and sent to the Child Benefit office. If you don’t have access to a printer, you can call 0300 200 3100 and HMRC will send you a form in the post.

The form also contains information for a small minority of families who may be eligible for the High-Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC).

If you already have a Child Benefit claim, you can add more children by calling HMRC on 0300 200 3100.