Register a birth

You need to register your baby within 42 days of the birth.

If you live in Kent or Bexley

Find out who can register a birth.

Book an appointment

Alternatively, call:

  • 03000 41 51 51 for Kent
  • 03000 41 52 52 for Bexley.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, call us on 03000 41 51 51.

This service doesn't include Medway, the London Borough of Bromley or Greenwich.

If you don't live in Kent or Bexley

If the birth happened in Kent or Bexley but you can't attend an appointment here, then you can give the details to any registrar in England and Wales. The details will be sent to Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives who will register the birth. This is called registration by declaration.

I want to register a birth that occurred outside of Kent or Bexley

A birth can only be registered in the district that it occurred.  If the birth happened outside the district of Kent or Bexley, you can give a birth declaration with a Kent or Bexley office who will send the declaration to the registrar in the district where the birth occurred.  That registration district will then complete the registration and issue the necessary paperwork.  Declarations can only be taken when the event occurred in England and Wales.

If you need any further information about registering a birth call us on 03000 41 51 51.

If your baby was born abroad

If your baby was born abroad, you must register the child's details as advised by the Government guidelines.

The registrar may ask you to bring some identification documents with you, such as your passport or driving licence, to improve the accuracy of the registration. You must also bring the red book or the hospital discharge papers.

If you don't bring these documents your baby can still be registered.

What you'll be asked

The registrar will ask you to confirm information about you and the baby and to sign that it is correct. Correcting any mistakes after the register has been signed can cause a delay.

You will officially name your baby at registration. The surname that you give at registration can only be changed by re-registration.

You will receive:

Re-registrations are for parents that were not married at the time of the birth or where the natural father's details were not included in the original birth record.

There are two types of re-registration:

  • if the natural parents are unmarried and would like the natural father's details added to the birth record
  • if the natural parents have married each other since the birth.