How to register a birth

Registering the 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.

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.