Register a birth
Birth registrations – coronavirus update
We have suspended all birth registrations for the foreseeable future, in line with the advice received from the Government and the General Register Office.
Current registration law requires births to be registered in a face-to-face interview with a registrar. At present births can’t be registered in writing, by video call, online or by any other method.
- the penalty for not registering a birth within 42 days has been temporarily suspended
- you can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered
- birth registration is not a requirement for children to receive medical care. GPs and other relevant authorities are aware of the suspension of birth registrations. Find out more about services and support for parents
We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but we must comply with instructions to keep both you and our staff safe and well. Once it is safe to do so we will provide extra appointments to register the births that can’t be registered at present.
Please keep checking back for further updates. Thanks for your understanding.
Book an appointment to register a birth
We are currently not registering any births at Hackney Service Centre, in light of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Please complete the birth registration waiting list form and we will contact you in due course.
Fees and charges
Who can register a birth?
If you are married, either parent can register the birth. If you are not married and want the father’s name to appear on the certificate, both parents must come to the registration appointment.
Information needed for registration
- baby’s forename(s), surname and sex
- date and place of birth
- for multiple births, the time of each baby’s birth
- baby’s parents’ forenames, surnames and places of birth
- mother’s address
- parents’ occupations
- parents’ dates of birth
- mother’s maiden surname
- number of children by the same mother
- date of the parents’ marriage, if applicable
To ensure the information recorded in the registration is accurate, please bring with you the discharge papers from the hospital and baby’s red book, as well as:
- passport or birth certificate for parent(s)
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
- proof of address such as driving licence or council tax bill
- any name change documents such as deed poll
Don’t worry if any of these documents are not available – the registration can still go ahead without them.
If you live in Hackney you can get a £54 voucher to spend on reusable nappies.
Registering a birth after 12 months
If a birth has not been registered within 12 months, it may be possible for the late registration to be authorised by the Registrar General. Contact us for more information.
Copies of birth certificates
Copies of birth certificates cost £11.
Certificates for adopted people and for people born abroad to armed services or diplomatic families can be obtained from the General Register Office.