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.
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:
- 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'.