By law you must register a birth within 42 days.

If you are registering a birth which occurred outside Kirklees we will send the details to the district where it occurred. They are responsible for issuing a birth certificate. Appointments for this service are available on a Tuesday at Dewsbury and Wednesday at Huddersfield.

Cost

There is no cost to register a birth

Book an appointment to register a birth

Fill in our online form

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.

At your appointment

What you receive

You receive a short birth certificate showing the baby's name, sex and date and place of birth.

You may buy a full birth certificate for £4.00. If you buy it later it may cost more.

Who should attend

Parents

  • If the child's parents were married to each other at the time of the birth or conception, either parent can attend to register
  • If the parents are not married at the time of the birth, the mother can attend alone
  • Contact the Registration Service for advice and information if the baby is born with assisted conception (for instance, same-sex couples, surrogate mothers)
  • If the parents are not married at the time of birth and the father is not present, but his details are to be entered in the registration:
    • the mother can attend alone, with a Statutory Declaration made out by the father acknowledging his paternity
    • or the father can attend alone, with a Statutory Declaration made out by the mother acknowledging his paternity

If the father's details are not entered to the register, you may be able to re-register the birth at a later date to include his details.

What to bring
  • Baby's date and place of birth, forename(s) and surname
  • Mother's full name(s), date and place of birth, current or last occupation and, if applicable, date of marriage
  • If the father's details are to be entered in the register then the registrar will need the same details as required from the mother

It is also useful if you bring your:

  • Passports
  • Council Tax bill
  • Driving licences
  • Marriage or civil partnership certificates
  • Birth certificates
  • Deed poll