Registering a birth - Updated 4th March 2021

If you have no urgent need to register your baby, we strongly advise you to wait until restrictions have been lifted through the Government's roadmap out of lockdown. In line with this, we will fully reopen no earlier than 12th April 2021. If your baby was born less than six weeks ago, we ask you to please be patient.

Kingston Register Office is offering a limited number of appointments bookable online. If you baby was born more than six weeks ago, please click below to book an appointment; availability is released daily. We reserve the right to reschedule appointments based on the date of birth.

Please email [email protected] if you baby was born in 2020 or if you have an urgent need to travel - we will book you an appointment directly.

For the duration of the pandemic the requirement to register your baby within 42 days has been relaxed. You are currently able to claim child benefit before obtaining a birth certificate. 

If you baby was born in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, the birth must be registered with Kingston Register Office.

Book online to register a birth

Appointments are available from Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm. If you cannot make a weekday appointment, get in touch - we may be able to offer you a Saturday appointment

If it is not convenient for you to come to the Kingston Register Office, you can go to any other register office and give the details by declaration. The birth certificate will then be sent to you by post a few days later.

What to bring to your appointment

You need to bring the following information to the appointment:

  • baby’s place and date of birth
  • baby's full name
  • mother's full name
  • mother's name before she was married
  • mother's date and place of birth
  • mother's occupation
  • mother's address

If the father's details are to be included you will also need:

  • father's full name
  • father's date and place of birth
  • father's occupation
  • father's address

If you are married to each other you need to know:

  • date of the marriage
  • number of any other children

Please bring supporting documentation with you (e.g. passport, driving licence, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates) which will help ensure the information recorded is accurate.

However, if any of these documents are not available, the registrar can still go ahead with the birth registration.

Who can register a birth

The birth must be registered by one or both of the parents in person. If you and your husband or wife were married at the time of your child being born, either of you can register the birth.

If you were not married at the time of the birth, the mother can register the birth alone but the father’s details will not be recorded. To have the father’s details included on the register both of you need to be present when registering the birth.

Same sex couples

Female couples can include both their names on their child’s birth certificate when registering the birth.

Male couples must get a parental order from the court before they can be registered as parents

Married or civil partner parents

Either parent can register the birth on her own if:

  • the conception was assisted through fertility treatment on or after 6 April 2009
  • she was married or in a civil partnership at the time of the treatment

Unmarried or non civil partner parents

When a mother isn’t married or in a civil partnership, her partner can be seen as the child’s second parent if:

  • the treatment was provided by a UK licensed person
  • both women have made a legal ‘parenthood agreement’

If both parents wish to have their details recorded on the birth certificate, they must either:

  • register the birth jointly, or
  • complete a ‘Statutory declaration of acknowledgement of parentage’ form and one parent takes the signed form when she registers the birth, or
  • get a document from the court (e.g. a court order) giving the second female parent parental responsibility and one parent shows the document when she registers the birth


Last Modified: 04/03/2021 16:09:35

Registration Services

Opening Hours by appointment only: Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm. Saturday 10am - 1pm

Address: The Old Court House
High Street
Kingston upon Thames

Telephone: 020 8547 5000