Registering a birth

Coronavirus update

Camden Register Office has suspended Birth registration until further notice in line with advice from Government and the General Register Office.

 **Update** We are currently working on making our offices ‘Covid Secure’  so we can re start Birth Registrations safely in accordance with government health and safety advice. At present there is no provision in Law for Birth Registrations to be done over the phone. Please note we have been informed by the General Register Office that you can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered.

The 42 days legal requirement is not valid during this time.

If you have any questions, we will try our best to answer them. Please email crs@camden.gov.uk
 

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.

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

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?

Coronavirus update

Camden Register Office has suspended Birth registration until further notice in line with advice from Government and the General Register Office.

**Update** We are currently working on making our offices ‘Covid Secure’  so we can re start Birth Registrations safely in accordance with government health and safety advice. At present there is no provision in Law for Birth Registrations to be done over the phone. Please note we have been informed by the General Register Office that you can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered.

The 42 days legal requirement is not valid during the pandemic.  

If you have any questions, we will try our best to answer them. Please email crs@camden.gov.uk 

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

Coronavirus update

Camden Register Office has suspended Birth registration until further notice in line with advice from Government and the General Register Office.

**Update** We are currently working on making our offices ‘Covid Secure’  so we can re start Birth Registrations safely in accordance with government health and safety advice. At present there is no provision in Law for Birth Registrations to be done over the phone. Please note we have been informed by the General Register Office that you can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered.

The 42 days legal requirement is not valid during the pandemic.  

If you have any questions, we will try our best to answer them. Please email crs@camden.gov.uk 

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

KeepsakeFolder

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.