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Birth registration questions

Find out what you will be asked at the birth registration appointment.

What we need to register the birth:

  • Date of birth
    • The date the child was born (if a multiple birth please also provide the time).
  • Name(s) and surname of the child
    • This is the name(s) and surname in which you intend the child to be brought up.
  • Sex
    • Male or female.
  • Place of birth
    • This should be the usual name and address of the hospital or the address of the house the child was born in.
  • Father’s/second female parent’s name(s) and surname
    • This is the name(s) and surname that the father/second parent was known by at the time of the birth. If they have changed name or surname at any stage the other names should also be provided.
  • Father’s/second female parent’s place of birth
    • If the father/second parent was born in the United Kingdom you should provide the London borough, borough, or the town or village and county. If they were born outside of the United Kingdom you should provide the name of the country.
  • Father’s/second female parent’s occupation
    • This should be the occupation the father/second parent had at the time of the birth. If not working, you may provide the last occupation had.
  • Mother’s name(s) and surname
    • This is the name(s) and surname that the mother was known by at the time of the birth. If the mother has changed her name or surname at any stage, the other names should also be provided.
  • Mother’s maiden surname
    • This is the name the mother entered into her first marriage or civil partnership. The registrar will also ask if the mother has used any other names at the time of any other marriages or civil partnerships.
  • Mother’s place of birth
    • If the mother was born in the United Kingdom you should provide the London Borough; Borough; or the town or village and county. If she was born outside of the United Kingdom you should provide the name of the country.
  • Mother’s occupation
    • This should be the occupation the mother had at the time of the birth. You may provide the last occupation had.
  • Mother’s usual address
    • The full postal address should be given.
  • Your details
    • If you are not the mother or the father you should state your name, address and your relationship to the child (e.g. were you present at the birth or have custody of the child?)