Birth

Registering a Birth:

Please telephone the Register Office in advance for an appointment to enable us to minimise waiting times. You will be seen in a private room. The registration will take about 20 minutes. Registering a birth is free. The Registrar will give you a short birth certificate showing the baby's name, sex and date of birth together with a form showing the baby's NHS number which you should complete and pass on to your GP.

A new service called 'tell us once' designed to make life easier for residents who have just had a baby is now available within Redcar and Cleveland, this is a free service and will be offered to you immediately after the birth registration of your child.

You will also have the opportunity to purchase a full birth certificate, which is a copy of the full entry in the register including the parent's name, for a small fee.

When can I register the birth of my baby?

By law, you must register the birth of a baby within 42 days.

Where can I register the birth of my baby?

A birth must be registered in the registration district where the baby was born. If it is difficult for you to attend the Register Office in the district where the baby was born you can go to any Register Office that is convenient for you to visit. They will then send the information to the district where your baby was born.

The Registrar in that district will then register the birth and send you, by post, any birth certificates you require and a form to enable you to register your baby with a doctor.

Who can register the birth of a baby?

If the mother and father were married to each other at the time of the baby's birth either parent may register the birth.

If the mother and father were not married to each other at the time of the baby's birth and they want the fathers details to be included in the register, both parents must attend the Register Office together to register the birth.

Where the parents are not married to each other at the time of the birth, the mother may attend alone to register the baby's birth but the father's details will not be recorded.

If the father's details are not entered at the time of the registration, there are some special procedures for them to be added later if required. Contact a Registrar for details.

What information do I need to register a birth?

When you attend the Register Office to register the birth of your baby, the Registrar will ask you for the following information:
  • The baby's full name and surname
  • The sex of the child
  • The full name and surname of the baby's father and mother
  • The place of birth of the baby's father and mother
  • The occupation of the baby's father and mother
  • The address of the baby's father and mother
  • The baby's mother's maiden name
  • The date of the baby's parent's marriage and number of previous children
Current fees
Births, Deaths & Marriages

Birth Registration Corrections
Please note from the 1st November 2017 any birth entries which require a correction to be made to the entry will now occur a fee. Please contact the Register Office on 01642 444440 to speak to a member of staff who will be able to advise you further.
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Last updated:
26/10/2017

Assigned review date:
31/03/2018

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