Register a birth

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

How to book an appointment to register a birth

Please phone 0300 555 0255 for more advice in any of these circumstances:

  • still births
  • multiple births – for example twins or triplets
  • if your baby was born more than 42 days ago
  • if you are not the baby’s mother or father

Where you can register a birth

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

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 will be posted to you.

Who can register a birth

Either parent can register the birth if you are married. You must attend together if you are not married and the father’s details are to be included in the birth entry.

Information you will need to provide

When you attend your appointment you will need to provide details on:

  • 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 certificates at your appointment cost £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.

As of 16 February 2019 the fee for a copy certificate will increase to £11.00 per certificate, regardless of when you purchase a copy.

Changes to a birth entry

Including the father’s details

You can re-register a birth to include details of the natural father and to change the child’s surname 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. Please contact us to complete a form and make an appointment at your nearest registration office.

If you have married since registering your baby’s birth

You should re-register your child’s birth to record their current legal status if you have married each other since your baby’s birth was registered. Please contact us to complete a form and make an appointment at your nearest registration office.