Registering a birth

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Due to the current situation all Birth Appointments are cancelled until further notice. If you have any questions, we will try our best to answer them. Please email

By law every birth must be registered no later than 42 days after the baby's date of birth.

Where do I register a birth?

You should register a birth in the borough where the baby was born. If your baby was born in the London Borough of Camden, please make an appointment.

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Please note: Camden Registration Service will be cashless from 17th February 2020. All major Debit and Credit cards are accepted apart from American Express.   

Can I register my birth with a different council?

If you are unable to visit us to register the birth, you can register with any other register office, and they will pass your details to us to process and we will record the birth and post the birth certificate to you.

Register with a different council

Do I need to get more than one copy of the birth certificate?

You are advised to purchase a minimum of 3 full certificates to be used for official purposes. You can buy extra certificates at your registration appointment. 

Who can register a birth?

Parents married or in a civil partnership 

Either parent can come to register the birth and both parents will be named on the birth certificate.

Please note: it is not necessary to bring your baby to the registration.

Parents not married or in a civil partnership

Both parents must attend together if father is to be listed on the birth certificate.

The birth mother can register without the father but the father's details will not be included on the birth certificate. It is possible to add his details at a later date by re-registration of the birth.

What do I need to bring to my appointment

Please bring:

  • the birth notification letter / after visit summary from the hospital, your baby’s red book 
  • photographic identification (such as passport or driving licence) for each parent of the child that will be recorded on the birth certificate

We will need to know:

  • the date and place of the baby’s birth (if you have twins, triplets, etc. then the time of birth for each will be required)
  • whether the baby is a boy or girl
  • the forenames and surname of the baby

The baby’s mother:

  • forenames and surname(s) including any maiden surnames)
  • date and place of birth
  • usual address at the date of baby’s birth
  • occupation or previous occupation if not currently working

The baby’s father/parent (if relevant):

  • forenames and surname(s)
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation or previous occupation if not currently working

Keepsake Folder for Birth Certificates


An A4 glossy card folder, with spaces for you to add your baby's details and their hand print and foot print inside.

You can order one at the end of the appointment booking process, or you can buy one at the Register Office reception when you attend.