You will need to make an appointment to register the birth of
your baby. Appointments are available Monday to Friday 9am -
Registering a birth
A birth must be registered within 42 days of the child being
born. If you haven't registered the birth within this
period please contact the Register
Office and we will discuss this with you. You cannot ask a
friend or relative to register the birth on your behalf.
A birth can be registered by:
- Married parents - either parent if the parents
were married to each other at the time of the birth.
- Unmarried parents - the mother, or the mother
and the father if they were not married to each
other at the time of the birth.
If the parents were not married to each other at
the time of the birth, the father's particulars may be entered
in the register in the following circumstances only:
- Mother and father attend the registration
appointment and sign the birth register together
- one parent completes a statutory declaration of parentage
and the other parent takes the form to register the birth
- one parent attends with a document from court giving the father
Re-registering a Redbridge birth
- If the parents have married each other after the birth of the
- If the father is not on the birth certificate and has now
agreed to be added.
To find out more information, please contact the Register Office.
Birth in Redbridge, Havering or elsewhere
All births that happen in Redbridge must be registered at the
Register Office in Barkingside. If you are a resident of
Redbridge and have a baby in Queens Hospital in London Borough
of Havering, then you are also able to register your baby's birth
at Redbridge Register Office.
A birth outside of Redbridge and Havering, will need to be
registered at the Register Office in the district where the birth
took place. If this is not convenient you can attend the Register
Office in Barkingside to complete a declaration of birth but
you will not receive a certificate at the end of your appointment
A birth outside of the UK cannot be registered in the UK.
What information do I need to bring?
- Parents’ passports or driving licences
- Birth/marriage certificates
- Deed poll documents re name change
- Proof of address
- Paperwork issued by the staff at the Maternity Ward stating the
baby's time of birth and such like
If English is not the first language and help
is needed, we would advise you to attend the appointment with an
interpreter to ensure the details recorded for the registration are
correct. Any errors identified after the registration is complete
cannot always or easily be corrected.
Cost of certificates
- Free - one short birth certificate showing the child's name and
date of birth is issued free at the time of registration
- £4 per certificate - full birth certificate
showing parent's names which is required when applying for a
passport or any additional short birth certificate at time of
- £7 per certificate - any additional full or short certificates
after the day of registration and whilst the register holding
your child's registration is still being completed
- £10 per certificate - once the register holding your child's
registration is complete
All payments can be made by debit card (no charge) or
credit card (1.5% charge).
Changing the child's name on the birth certificate
The child's forenames can be changed during the first 12 months
from the date of registration. The new name is entered in space 17
of the certificate.
The surname cannot be changed.
The Births and Deaths Registration Act allows changes to
forenames to be recorded in the birth register. You can apply
for this to be done if the new forenames were given within
12 months of the birth being registered.
If information on the certificate is incorrect please
contact the General Register Office to discuss how this can be
General Register Office for more information