Register a birth
You must register a baby's birth within 42 calendar days of the date of birth.
Request a birth registration appointment
Our Registration Offices are open to undertake birth registrations, notices of marriage and corrections face-to-face as per current legislation.
- When booking an appointment, customers must complete and submit a pre-registration questionnaire
- This will minimise face-to-face time in the office and help to safeguard all parties
- The number of people attending the office will be restricted to the legal minimum required to complete a legal registration
- All payments for certificates must be completed in advance
- We’ve installed screens, anti-bacterial wipes, sanitising hand gel and separate pens across the service to adhere to Government guidelines
You should arrive 10 minutes before your appointment. The appointment will last about 30 minutes.
- If you are married to the child’s mother or father, only one person needs to be present to complete the registration
- If you are not married, and wish for the father's details to be included on the birth certificate, you must attend the appointment together
To adhere to social distancing guidelines we can only admit the persons required to complete a legal registration. Please do not bring your child with you unless no alternative child care is available. We cannot admit other persons or children at this time.
Please be prepared to use hand sanitiser on arrival. Face coverings are mandatory for your appointment. If you have any enquiries, please contact the Registration Service.
When registering the birth, you will need to tell the registrar:
- the date and place of birth of the baby
- the sex of the baby
- the baby's full names and surname
- the dates and places of birth of the parents
- the parents' occupations
- the mother’s maiden name
- the date of the parents' marriage (if applicable)
- where the parents are living
You will need to sign the completed register entry to confirm that all the information is correct.
Please bring the baby's red record book, if available, when you attend your appointment.
You do not need to bring the baby to the appointment with you.
You will need to re-register your child's birth if you want to make any of the following changes to their birth certificate:
- add the father's name to the birth certificate
- you have been married
Please complete the following steps:
- Download the appropriate application form from the GOV.UK website.
- Complete the form including which office you would like to attend to complete the re–registration.
- Please post the forms and any appropriate original documents to:
West Northamptonshire Council
Registration Service Ground Floor/E3/006
One Angel Square
- We will then copy the documents and return to you by post.
We cannot accept photocopies but you will get all relevant documents back after the re-registration is complete.
You do not need to visit our office in person at this stage because you will not be able to complete the re-registration straight away.
We will check your paperwork and then contact you within a two weeks to make an appointment for you to visit the office at a later date to complete the re-registration.
Who needs to attend the appointment?
If you are now married, only one parent will need to attend the appointment.
If you are adding the natural father to a birth certificate and you are not married, both parents will need to attend the appointment.
I want to add another forename to my child's birth certificate
You can add another forename given to the child within its first year, at any time. This costs £40 plus £11 per copy of the new birth certificate. Please contact the Registration Service for more information.
During your appointment the registrar will ask you to check the register entry carefully before signing.
Please check all the information you have provided is correct, paying close attention to:
It is your responsibility to ensure all information you have provided is correct before signing.
Once you have signed the register it becomes a legal document. Any corrections identified at a later date must be authorised, and this will incur a statutory fee of £75 to £90 plus the cost of any corrected certificates you require.
How do I get it changed?
If you think information on a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate is wrong, you will need to provide evidence from the time of the registration showing the correct information.
When you have collected the evidence you need to support your request for a correction, please email [email protected] and include the following information:
- your name, address, telephone number and email address
- the name(s), date and type of certificate you would like correcting
- details of the correction to be made
- details of the evidence you will be submitting to support your request
Depending on the circumstances, the correction may or may not be simple to make so we will contact you to discuss your case in more detail and explain what happens next.
If you have already registered the birth, you can order copy certificates.