Registering a birth

Coronavirus update

You can now book an appointment online to register the birth of your child. We are creating booking slots to allow earlier births to be registered first. This is to ensure we adhere to a phased approach. Below is an outline of the birth registration schedule, detailing the dates we shall prioritise registrations:

Child Birth date/period   Registration priority period
On or before 31st May 2020 Thursday 23rd July – Thursday 30th July
On or before 30th June 2020 Friday 31st July – Thursday 6th August
Open for all registrations Friday 7th August

Please note, if you do miss the priority period for the birth of your child, you will still be able to make an appointment online. 

All dates are subject to change based on any further government guidance. 

Entry into the Register Office is by appointment only to adhere to social distancing requirements. If you do not have an appointment you will not be able to access the building.

If you have questions email crs@camden.gov.uk or call 02079744444 (option 6 – ask for registrars).

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

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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

You can nowbook an appointment online to register the birth of your child. We are creating booking slots to allow earlier births to be registered first. This is to ensure we adhere to a phased approach. Below is an outline of the birth registration schedule, detailing the dates we shall prioritise registrations:

Child Birth date/period   Registration priority period
On or before 31st May 2020 Thursday 23rd July – Thursday 30th July
On or before 30th June 2020 Friday 31st July – Thursday 6th August
Open for all registrations Friday 7th August

Please note, if you do miss the priority period for the birth of your child, you will still be able to make an appointment online. 

All dates are subject to change based on any further government guidance. 

Entry into the Register Office is by appointment only to adhere to social distancing requirements. If you do not have an appointment you will not be able to access the building.

If you have questions email crs@camden.gov.uk or call 02079744444 (option 6 – ask for registrars).

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

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

You can now book an appointment online to register the birth of your child. We are creating booking slots to allow earlier births to be registered first. This is to ensure we adhere to a phased approach. Below is an outline of the birth registration schedule, detailing the dates we shall prioritise registrations:

Child Birth date/period   Registration priority period
On or before 31st May 2020 Thursday 23rd July – Thursday 30th July
On or before 30th June 2020 Friday 31st July – Thursday 6th August
Open for all registrations Friday 7th August

Please note, if you do miss the priority period for the birth of your child, you will still be able to make an appointment online. 

All dates are subject to change based on any further government guidance. 

Entry into the Register Office is by appointment only to adhere to social distancing requirements. If you do not have an appointment you will not be able to access the building.

If you have questions email crs@camden.gov.uk or call 02079744444 (option 6 – ask for registrars).

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

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.