Register a birth

Book an appointment

You can now book an appointment to register a birth using the online form.

What we need from you

  • Contact telephone number
  • The baby's date of birth

Book an appointment to register a birth

What to do

You must register a birth in person and cannot ask a relative or friend to attend instead.

The baby's father can only register the birth on his own if you are or were married at the time of the birth. If not, he cannot register the birth and include his details unless he attends with you. The Register Office will be happy to advise you further.

If you have any difficulties with English please let us know so we can arrange an interpreter for you. If you know someone who is willing to interpret for you please bring them with you.

Where to register a birth

You should register the birth at the register office of the district it took place. You must do this within 42 days.

What information is needed for registration?


  • Date and place of your baby’s birth. For twins or triplets, you must give the time of each baby’s birth
  • Sex of baby
  • Forename(s) and surname

Father (if details entered)

  • Occupation at the time of the birth, or details of last occupation


  • Forename(s) and surname
  • Maiden name if married or previously married
  • Date and place of birth
  • Usual home address at the date of the birth
  • Occupation or details of last occupation
  • Date of marriage to the father if married at the time of the birth
  • Number of previous children

What documents should I bring?

  • You should bring the discharge letter from the hospital or midwife

We also recommend that you bring the following documents to the birth registration appointment, as this will assist you to ensure that the birth registration is accurate:

  • Passports for both parents.  If you do not have a passport, some other kind of photographic identification showing your full name, such as a driving licence
  • Marriage certificate if the parents of the child are married

What certificates will I get?

You can purchase full birth certificates at the time of registration – please note we only accept card payment.

A list of all our fees can be found on the Register Office fees page.

General Register Office
Smedley Hydro
Trafalgar Road
Southport, Merseyside