Registering the birth of your baby

Book an appointment online to register the birth of your baby and get a birth certificate.

Congratulations on the birth of your baby. By law, your baby’s birth must be registered within six weeks (42 days) of the birth.

The appointment to register your baby with the registrar will be private and take around 20 minutes. They will ask you for details for the birth entry. It is very important this information is accurate. The registration is a legal record and is difficult to correct later.

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Please book an appointment before attending the office.

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Frequently asked questions

In England and Wales births must be registered at the registration office in the area where your baby was born.

If your baby was born in North Yorkshire you can register them, by appointment, at any registration office in the county. You will receive a birth certificate immediately.

If your baby was born outside North Yorkshire including in the cities of York or Leeds or in Airedale or Darlington hospitals, you can go to any office in North Yorkshire to give us the details. We will then have to post this information to the register office in the area where your baby was born. This will cause a short delay in getting the birth certificate.

Alternatively, you can travel to the register office in the area where your baby was born to register the birth in person. In this case you would need to contact the other register office direct.

If your baby was born in James Cook Hospital special arrangements have been made so you can visit Northallerton or Richmond register offices, by appointment. You can register and receive the birth certificate immediately.

If the baby's parents were married to each other when the child was born, either parent may register and both parent's details will be recorded.

If the baby's parents were not married to each other when the child was born, it is optional whether to record the father's details in the register. If the father's details are to be recorded, then both parents must attend together. If they are not to be recorded the mother can attend alone. If the father's details are not recorded initially, it may be possible to add them at a later date.

Other circumstances may apply, such as if court orders are in force, in which case please contact us for advice.

If you are a same sex couple, please contact us for further advice.

You will need to know your baby's:

  • full name;
  • date of birth; and
  • place of birth.

You will also need the following about your baby's parents:

  • full names;
  • dates and places of birth (town and county);
  • occupations;
  • address(s); and
  • month and year of marriage, if applicable.

Please check all information carefully when the registrar asks you to do so as later changes are difficult to make.

You will need:

  • supporting documents;
  • a method of payment; and
  • an interpreter if applicable.

Supporting documents should show the names of the baby's parents and include the date and place of birth and address. Accepted documents include:

  • passports;
  • driving licences;
  • marriage or civil partnership certificates;
  • birth certificates;
  • deed polls; or
  • utility bills.

If you cannot produce any or all of these documents it will not stop the registration going ahead. 

You can pay by credit or debit card or cash for a birth certificate if your baby was born in North Yorkshire or James Cook Hospital. If you wish to pay by cash, please bring the exact money as we may not be able to give change.

From 1 November 2017, no free certificates will be issued and all certificates will be charged for. Details of fees can be found here.

A short birth certificate shows your baby's name, sex and date of birth.

A full birth certificate will show the parents' details and will be needed in the future, such as for a passport, opening a bank account or applying for a school place.

If your baby was born in North Yorkshire or James Cook Hospital you can purchase a certificate straight away. If your baby was born elsewhere you need to contact the register office in the district where they were born.

Yes, you can order a copy of a birth certificate from our copy certificates page.

Personal information that you are required by law to provide for a registration will be kept by the relevant local registration officer. The local registration officer will also send a copy of it to the General Register Office for England and Wales so a central record of all registrations can be maintained.

A copy of any register entry will be provided to any applicant, so long as they supply enough information to identify the entry and pay the appropriate fee. The copy can only be issued as a paper certified copy (a "certificate"). An application for a certificate can be made to either the local register office or to the General Register Office.

The General Register Office makes indexes, for the central record of registrations, publicly available in order to help members of the public identify the registration they might need. The register office also makes a local index available for this purpose.

The local register office may choose to make the information contained within local indexes available online. This will be done in order to help members of the public identify the registration they might need. Any information placed online must be done in a way this is compliant with the Data Protection Act and Human Rights Act.

Additionally, confidential information for statistical purposes which you are required by law to give to the local registration officer, and other information provided voluntarily, will be passed to the UK Statistics Authority for the preparation and supply of statistics.

As well as providing certificates, local registration officers and the General Register Office may make registration information available to other organisations, for the following purposes:

  • statistical or research purposes;
  • administrative purposes by official bodies, such as ensuring their records are up to date; and
  • fraud prevention or detection, immigration and passport purposes.

For further information on data held by the Registrar General see this GOV.UK web page.

Staff at this local registration office will be able to provide further information on data held by the registration service.

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