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Congratulations on the birth of your baby. In this section, you can find more information about how and where to register your new baby. You can also find out about other services such as baby naming, a civil ceremony to welcome the new baby into the family and requesting copies of birth certificates.
We also provide a service called Tell Us Once to help you tell the people who need to know about your baby's birth, such as government departments and local council services.
Registering a birth
By law you must register a baby's birth within 42 days. The registration will take approximately 20 minutes and is free.
If the baby was born in North Yorkshire, you can register your baby at any registration office in North Yorkshire.
If your baby was born outside North Yorkshire e.g. in the City of York or in Leeds, you can make what is known as a 'declaration' of the birth at one of our offices. Please note that this will result in a short delay in receiving the birth certificate which will be issued by the other local authority once we have passed the information to them and you have paid for the certificate.
For more details on how to register, please see the birth - registering page.
The birth of your child is a very special occasion and you may wish to formally celebrate his or her arrival with family and friends. A naming ceremony is a unique way of doing this. It is also a ceremony which can be used to welcome adopted children into a new family.
It may be possible to change a birth record after the original registration has taken place by means of a birth re-registration.
Copies of birth certificates
When you register a birth you will be given a short birth certificate, which shows the baby's name, date and place of birth. This certificate is free. You will also have the option to purchase a full copy of the birth certificate which shows the parents details.
After this, you can also purchase copies of the birth certificate if required. For example, you might need a copy for a passport, diving licence or employment. If you are researching your family history, you can also purchase an historical birth certificate. For more information and prices, see the birth - historical searches page. You can also use the online form below to request a copy of a certificate.
There are nine registration offices in North Yorkshire. To discuss registering the birth of your baby or for more information and assistance, contact any of our offices who will be pleased to help you further. Full contact details can be found below.
You can find a range of information about the services we provide by using our online mapping.