Register a birth

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Your baby’s birth must be registered within 42 days of the date of birth.

If any of the following apply, or you require more information, please phone 0300 555 0255:

  • still births;
  • multiple births – eg twins, triplets;
  • your baby was born more than 42 days ago;
  • you are not the baby’s mother or father.

Where can I register the birth?

If your baby was born in Warwickshire, or you are a Warwickshire resident and your baby was born in at the University Hospital Coventry, the birth can be registered at one of our registration offices.

Resident or baby born outside of Warwickshire

You may make a declaration of birth at your most convenient office.

The details will be sent to the appropriate district and the birth certificate posted to you.

Who can register the birth?

If you are married, either parent can register the birth.

If you are not married and the father’s details are to be included in the birth entry, you must attend together.

Information you will need to bring

  • the date and place of your baby’s birth
  • your baby’s full names and surname
  • parents’ full names and surnames
  • parents’ addresses
  • place and date of parents’ birth
  • parents’ occupations
  • date of parents’ marriage or civil partnership if applicable
  • mother’s maiden name if applicable


There is no charge to register the birth. However, you can purchase a full birth certificate, which is needed for passport applications and some other services.

  • Full birth certificate (at your appointment) – £4.00 each

After your appointment, the cost of a full certificate will increase, up to £10 if details need to be retrieved from the archive.

Changes to a birth entry

Including the father’s details

If you were not married to each other when your baby was born and the natural father’s details were not included in the birth entry, you can re-register the birth to include these details and change the child’s surname.

A form will need to be completed and you will both need to make an appointment at your nearest registration office. Please telephone us if you require further information.

If you have married since registering your baby’s birth

If you have married each other since your baby’s birth was registered, the birth should be re-registered to accurately record the current legal status of the child.

A form will need to be completed and either parent will need to make an appointment at your nearest registration office. Please telephone us if you require further information.

Tell Us Once

To help you at a busy time, we can contact other government organisations and services that need to know about the birth on your behalf. This includes applying for Child Benefit.

If you would like to use this service, just select the option it when booking your appointment

What information do you need to bring with you?

Please bring some additional information with you.

  • A completed claim form for Child Benefit (if you are making a claim);
  • The National Insurance numbers and/or date of birth, address or telephone number of the parents named on the birth register;
  • Details of any benefits the parents named on the birth register are receiving or have applied for;

You will need permission from these people to tell us about them before you use the service.

What happens to the information?

If you decide to use this service we will be able to tell the following organisations on your behalf:

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Housing Benefit Office
  • Council Tax Benefit Office
  • Library Services
  • Children’s Services (Family Information Services)
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Child Benefit

The service is committed to ensuring that your information is protected.

The information you give will be treated securely and confidentially. The organisations that we contact will use the information to update their records.

Access to personal information and the Data Protection Act – more information

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that all organisations that pay you a benefit / credit or provide a service to you have correct and up to date information about you.

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