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England - How To Register and Name your Baby

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Procedure[edit]

Registering a birth at the register office
  • You can go to any register office to register the birth of your baby.
  • If you go to the register office in the district where the birth took place, they can issue a birth certificate straight after the registration.
  • Register office opening hours vary from one district to another and most operate an appointment system. Allow about half an hour to complete the registration process once you are with the registrar.
  • If you go to a different register office, which does not cover the district in which the birth took place, you can submit the details to register the birth, but they cannot give you a birth certificate. It takes a few further days for you to receive a birth certificate in these circumstances.
Registering your babys birth at the hospital
  • In some cases, you will be able to register the birth while you are still in the hospital. Your hospital will advise if this is possible.
Parental responsibility
  • Having parental responsibility for a child means that you are legally responsible for your child's life. Married parents automatically have joint parental responsibility, but this isn't the case for unmarried parents.
After registering your baby
  • You will receive a short birth certificate.
  • You will need the birth certificate for a number of reasons including applying for child benefit.
Information on naming ceremonies
  • Parents now have the option to have a naming ceremony for their child. This is a non-religious ceremony which celebrates the birth of a child and/or welcomes new children into the family (such as adopted children).
  • The parents can also nominate adults to support their child - a bit like nominating a godfather and godmother at a christening - although naming ceremonies have no legal standing.
  • A birth certificate must be produced at the time of booking the ceremony with your local council.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Your ID card
  • Residential Proof



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

For your local register office follow link

http://maps.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/MapAction.do?ref=grolight



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Eligibility[edit]

  • If parents are married at time of birth or conception, either the mother or father can register the birth on their own.
  • If they arent married, to ensure both parents details are included on the birth certificate, there are several options:
    • Both parents can go and sign the birth register together
    • If one parent cannot go to the register office, they will need to complete the statutory declaration form - the parent registering the birth should give the completed form to the registrar
    • Where there is a parental responsibility agreement in force or either parent has an appropriate court order, this can be presented at the time of registration
  • If the father's details are not included in the birth register, it may be possible to re-register at a later date.
  • If the mother or the father cannot attend, the following people can register the birth:
    • 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



Fees[edit]

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Validity[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever



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Processing Time[edit]

  • If you go to the register office in the district where the birth took place, they can issue a birth certificate straight after the registration.
  • If you go to a different register office, which does not cover the district in which the birth took place, you can submit the details to register the birth, but they cannot give you a birth certificate. It takes a few further days for you to receive a birth certificate in these circumstances.



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Instructions[edit]

  • You must register the birth of your baby within 42 days of the birth in England and Wales.
  • If you can't go to the district where your baby was born you can go to another office (still within 42 days) and the registrar will send your details to the appropriate district office. If the baby was born in England or Wales however, it must be registered in England or Wales.
  • A birth which takes place in England can only be registered in English, but births in Wales may be registered bilingually in English and Welsh. To do this, the details must be given in Welsh and the registrar must be able to understand and write Welsh.
  • Register office opening hours will vary from one district to another and most have an appointment system.



Required Information[edit]

  • Name of child
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Fathers and Mothers Name
  • Residential Address
  • Telephone number



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Need for the Document[edit]

Your baby must be registered in the district where the birth took place within 42 days of the birth in England and Wales. You can you can register your baby and name by following the procedure given below.



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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Your Child birth certificate can be used for all legal purposes and child benefits.



External Links[edit]

Directgov - Registering and naming your baby

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Registeringlifeevents/Birthandadoptionrecords/Registeringorchangingabirthrecord/DG_175608



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