Registering your baby

By law all babies must be registered within 42 days of birth.

Your baby’s birth will be registered at your local Birth, Deaths and Marriages registration office. Addresses can be found in the Red Book telephone directory or at

A baby’s birth can only be registered in the district the mother resides in or the district where the baby was born. Registration of the birth is free. A short birth certificate will be issued along with a form to register your baby with a GP. This form should be completed and left with your GP as soon as possible.