Registering a birth

You must register the birth of your baby within 42 days.

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

Book an appointment 

You can book an appointment to register a birth online. 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 you would rather book an appointment by phone, you can call us on 0208 547 4600

We also offer a walk-in service, Monday - Friday between 9am and 11am. If you wish to use this service, you will be seen on a first come, first served basis. 

Priority will be given to parents with pre-booked appointments or to customers wishing to register a death.

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 female couples

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

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

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