You have to register your baby within 42 days from the date of birth, in the district in which the baby was born.
Book an appointment to register a birth
If you live in Hackney but the baby was born elsewhere, you can still give us all the details, and we will forward them to the relevant council.
Fees and charges
Who can register a birth?
If you are married, either parent can register the birth. If you are not married and want the father's name to appear on the certificate, both parents must come to the registration appointment.
Information needed for registration
- baby's forename(s), surname and sex
- date and place of birth
- for multiple births, the time of each baby's birth
- baby's parents' forenames, surnames and places of birth
- mother's address
- parents' occupations
- parents' dates of birth
- mother's maiden surname
- number of children by the same mother
- date of the parents' marriage, if applicable
To ensure the information recorded in the registration is accurate, please bring with you the discharge papers from the hospital and baby's red book, as well as:
- passport or birth certificate for parent(s)
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
- proof of address such as driving licence or council tax bill
- any name change documents such as deed poll
Don't worry if any of these documents are not available - the registration can still go ahead without them.
You will then get a birth certificate. This initial copy showing just the child's details is free. Extra certificates cost £4 each.
If you live in Hackney you can get a £54 voucher to spend on reusable nappies.
Registering a stillbirth
Call us to book an appointment: 020 8356 3355.
When a child is stillborn, the doctor or midwife that was present at the birth or examined the body will issue a medical certificate of stillbirth. This certificate must be taken to the registrar's office within 42 days. We will register the stillbirth and issue a certificate for the burial or cremation. The certificate is normally then passed to the funeral director who is making the arrangements.
The information needed is the same as as for a live birth, although you do not have to give the child a name.
If the parents are married, either parent can register the birth. If you are not married and want the father's name to appear on the certificate, both parents must attend the registration.
Registering a birth after 12 months
If a birth has not been registered within 12 months, it may be possible for the late registration to be authorised by the Registrar General. Contact us for more information.
Copies of birth certificates
Copies of birth certificates cost £10.
Certificates for adopted people and for people born abroad to armed services or diplomatic families can be obtained from the General Register Office.