Register a birth
Birth registrations will be taking place from 17 June.
Due to the coronavirus lockdown, there is a backlog of registrations that need to happen. As a result of this, we are opening as many appointments as safely as possible in chosen locations.
We will be contacting and rebooking those who had to cancel their appointments at the start of lockdown.
Please note that the legal requirement to register your baby within 42 days has been relaxed.
If you live in Kent or Bexley
You can book an appointment to visit one of our registration offices online or by telephone.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, call us on 03000 41 51 51.
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.
If your baby was born through IVF or donor
If you wish to register a birth in accordance with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, you can book an appointment online or by calling telephone 03000 41 51 51 for appointments in Kent, or 03000 41 52 52 for appointments in Bexley.
Due to social distancing restrictions, registrations are only taking place at the following locations:
- Ashford Gateway Plus
- Coldharbour Library (Gravesend)
- Cliftonville Library
- Danson House, Bexleyheath
- Dartford Library
- Dover Discovery Centre
- Faversham Library
- Folkestone Library
- Herne Bay Library
- Hythe Library
- Maidstone Library
- Ramsgate Library
- Sevenoaks Library
- Sittingbourne Library
- Tonbridge Library
- Tunbridge Wells Library
- Whitstable Library
Please note that there are no toilet or baby changing facilities at any of the above.
On the day before your appointment, we will call you to confirm your details and to remind you that you need to bring the following:
- a black biro to sign the register page
- identification such as a passport or driver's licence
- a card to pay for certificates as we are not taking cash at this time
- the red book or hospital discharge papers (if available)
- a face covering (optional).
If we cannot get in touch with you, we will email you using the details you provided in your booking.
Social distancing during registration
Before entering the building, you must arrive 5 minutes before your appointment.
If you are early, we cannot allow you access to the building as we try to maintain social distancing. If you are late, we may not be able to see you and you may need to rebook.
Hand sanitizer will be available to use.
What you'll be asked
The registrar will ask you to confirm information about you and the baby, where you will be asked to check the entry carefully before signing to confirm all of the details are correct. Correcting any mistakes after the register has been signed can cause a delay and will be subject to a charge.
At the registration
You will officially name your baby at registration. The surname that you give at registration can only be changed by re-registration.
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.