Register a birth
Congratulations on the new addition to your family, the information below explains what you need to do in order to register your baby's birth.
How soon can the birth be registered?
It is possible to register a baby as soon as the birth has taken place. A baby's birth must be registered within 42 days.
Where can I register my baby's birth?
Registration of the baby must take place in the district in which it was born. If your baby was born at Queens Hospital, Romford, or any address in Havering you can register at:
|Venue||Book an appointment|
Havering Registration Service
|The Ingrebourne Children's Centre
Wednesdays and Thursdays
This number of for appointment booking only - staff at the Children's Centre are unable to give help and advice on Registration enquiries.
If you live in this borough, bookings and registrations are now online.
|Barking and Dagenham Register Office||Visit the Barking and Dagenham website and click on Create Account for 'My Account'|
|Redbridge Register Office
Queen Victoria House
794 Cranbrook Road
|If you live in this borough call 020 8554 5000 to book an appointment.|
What documents will I receive at the registration?
You will receive a free short birth certificate at the time of the registration.
There will be an opportunity to purchase full birth certificates at the time of the registration at a cost of £4.00 per certificate. If you do not purchase at the time of registration the cost will increase.
Payment can be made by debit or credit card only (credit cards will incur a 1.5% surcharge).
Birth Certificate Wallet
You will also have the opportunity to purchase one of our new Animal Character Birth Wallets for £2.50. This is a lovely way to keep those important certificates safe and there is a space for you to include a photograph of your new arrival.
Information for the register
- the date and place of your baby's birth
- whether the baby is a boy or a girl
- the baby's forenames and surname
- forenames and surnames
- dates and places of birth
In addition, the mother alone is required to provide:
- the total number of previous children
- the date of marriage to the baby's father if applicable.
You will receive a free short birth certificate at the time of the registration. You may also purchase a full birth certificate which costs £4 per certificate. Additional certificates will cost more.
If the baby's parents are married either parent can attend on their own. Otherwise only the mother is qualified and if the father wishes to be his details to be included in the register he will need to attend with the mother. The father's details may also be added at a later date.