By law you must register a birth within 42 days of the child being born.

You should do this at the local register office for the area of the hospital where the baby was born.

If you can't register the birth in the area where the baby was born, you can go to another register office and they will send your details to the correct office.

In Kirklees appointments for this service are available on a Tuesday at Dewsbury and Wednesday at Huddersfield.

Cost

There is no cost to register a birth

There are 2 types of birth certificate:

  • the short version, which contains only the baby's details
  • the full version, which also contains the parents' details for £4.00. If you buy it later it may cost more.

Once you have registered the birth, your baby will be issued with a short birth certificate for free.

You can buy extra copies of the birth certificate, as well as full versions, from the register office at any time.

Book an appointment to register a birth

Fill in our online form

Paperclip To complete this form you will need;

  • place and date of the birth
  • name, surname and sex of the baby
  • parents' names, surnames and address
  • places and dates of parents' birth
  • date of parents' marriage or civil partnership
  • parents' job
  • mother's maiden surname

Clock Completing this form takes around 15 minutes.

Book appointment

After you've booked

You will have a date, time and location to attend to register the birth.

What you should bring to the appointment

You should take at least one form of identification when you go to the register office. You can use:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • deed poll
  • driving licence
  • proof of address (eg utility bill)
  • Council Tax bill
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate

If you're going to the register office on your own, you may need proof of paternity from the other parent before you give their details.

You should also take your child’s personal child health record or 'red book'.

Who can register a birth

Married parents

Either parent can register the birth on their own. They can include both parents’ details if they were married when the baby was born or conceived.

Unmarried parents

The details of both parents can be included on the birth certificate if one of the following happens:

  • they sign the birth register together
  • one parent completes a Statutory declaration of parentage and the other takes the signed form to register the birth
  • one parent goes to register the birth with a document from the court (eg a court order) giving the father parental responsibility

The mother can choose to register the birth on her own if she isn't married to the child’s father. The father's details won't be included on the birth certificate.

It might be possible to add the father’s details at a later date by completing an Application for the re-registration of a child's birth.

Same-sex female couples

Female couples can include both their names on their child's birth certificate when registering the birth.

Married or civil-partner parents

Either parent can register the birth on her own if all of the following are true:

  • the mother has a child by donor insemination or fertility treatment
  • she was married or in a civil partnership at the time of the treatment
Unmarried, non-civil-partner parents

When a mother isn't married or in a civil partnership, her partner can be seen as the child's second parent if both women:

  • are treated together in the UK by a licensed clinic
  • have made a parenthood agreement

However, for both parents’ details to be recorded on the birth certificate, they must do one of the following:

  • register the birth jointly
  • complete a Statutory declaration of acknowledgement of parentage form and one parent takes the signed form when she registers the birth
  • get a document from the court (eg a court order) giving the second female parent parental responsibility and one parent shows the document when she registers the birth
Same-sex male couples

Male couples must Get a parental order from the court before they can be registered as parents.

Other people who can register a birth

If the parents can't register the birth (eg for medical reasons), certain other people can do it:

  • someone who was present at the birth
  • someone who is responsible for the child
  • a member of the administrative staff at the hospital where the child was born