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Registering a birth – frequently asked questions

Here are answers to common questions about registering a birth.

Please be on time for your appointment. If you turn up late, you will need to rebook.

What information you need to provide to register a birth

Baby's details

You must provide:

  • date and place of birth
  • sex of the child
  • forename(s) and surname that the child will be brought up with.

Mother's details (at the time of the birth)

You must provide:

  • full name (and maiden surname, if relevant)
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation
  • usual home address
  • date of marriage (if married to the child's father)
  • number of previous children.

Father's details (at the time of the birth)

You must provide:

  • full name
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation
  • usual home address.

What documents you should bring to the appointment

You must bring the birth notification, given to you by the hospital (if not available, bring the baby's red book).

To help make sure the information recorded is accurate, you should bring supporting documentation with you, including your:

  • proof of address (council tax bill, utility bill etc)
  • driving licence
  • birth certificate
  • change of name deed (if applicable)
  • marriage certificate (if applicable) / civil partnership certificate (if applicable).

Who should register the birth if the parents are not married to each other

If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the child's birth (or conception), the father's details can only be entered in the register if the mother and father go to the Register Office and sign the birth register together.

If both the mother and the father can't attend, they should complete a statutory declaration form acknowledging the father's paternity. Talk to us about how to complete a statutory declaration form.

Who else can register a birth apart from the parents

If neither the mother or the father are able to register the birth, we will arrange for the registration to be completed by whoever is best able to do so.

For example:

  • the occupier of the house or hospital where the child was born
  • someone who was present at the birth
  • someone who is responsible for the child.


Register Office

368 Lewisham High Street, Hither Green, London, SE13 6LQ
Email: register.office@lewisham.gov.uk