You will need to make an appointment to register the birth of your baby. Appointments are available Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm. 


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Registering a birthPhoto of a baby

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 parental responsibility.

Re-registering a Redbridge birth

  • If the parents have married each other after the birth of the baby.
  • 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 with us.

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 registration
  • £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 corrected.

View the General Register Office for more information

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