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Registering a birth

Booking your appointment

Births must be registered within 42 days of a child being born.

If your child was born in Surrey you can register the birth at any one of the following register offices in Surrey: Camberley, Farnham, Guildford, Leatherhead, Reigate or Weybridge.

  • You must book an appointment in advance to register a birth.
  • You can book your appointment online as long as none of the statements below apply to you.

Book your appointment

You will not be able to make an appointment online if you are:

  • re-registering your child following your marriage or civil partnership
  • adding father's details to an existing registration
  • making a correction or change to an existing registration
  • registering a birth with a statutory declaration or parental responsibility agreement
  • unable to speak or understand English and need an interpreter present

If any of the above apply to you, contact the Surrey Registration Service to discuss your situation.

Who can register a child's birth?

  • If the parents are married to each other or in a civil partnership together, either parent can register.
  • If the parents are not married to each other, the father must attend the appointment with the mother if his details are to be included on the registration; if the mother attends alone, no father's details will be recorded.
  • If two female parents are not in a marriage or civil partnership together, both must attend the appointment and meet the requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act if the second female details are to be included on the registration; if the mother attends alone, no second female parent details will be recorded.

Details the registrar will need to know

  • Place and date of the birth
  • Forenames and surname you have chosen for the child
  • Sex of the child
  • Parents' names, surnames and address (including any former names)
  • Places and dates of parents' birth
  • Date of parents' marriage or civil partnership (if applicable)
  • Parents' occupations
  • Mother's maiden surname.

What to bring to the registration

Please bring your 'Red Book' or any birth paperwork provided by the hospital or midwife.

It would also be useful to bring:

  • Your passport or birth certificate
  • Proof of your current address
  • Proof of any former name or names (for example, change of name deed or marriage certificate)
  • Birth certificate of any previous children

Please note that you are not legally required to produce these documents but if you do they can help to ensure your child's birth is correctly registered.

You are not required to bring your baby to the appointment.

How much does it cost

  • At the registration you will be issued with a free short birth certificate, containing only the baby's details which you will need to claim child benefits.
  • A full birth certificate containing the parents' details can be purchased on the day of registration for the cost of £4 each. A full birth certificate will be required during the child's life for many purposes, including applying for passport.
  • The cost of certificates purchased after the day of registration increase as the register is completed and archived.

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