Register a birth

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

If you live in Kent or Bexley

You can book an appointment using our online booking service or call:

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

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

Find out who can register a birth.

If you don't live in Kent or Bexley

If your baby was born in Kent or Bexley but you can't attend an office here, you can give the details to any birth registrar in England and Wales. The details are sent to Kent Libraries, Registrations and Archives Service who will register the birth. This is called registration by declaration.

These arrangements also apply if you live in Kent or Bexley and the place of birth was outside of these locations.

If need any advice about registering a birth call us on 03000 41 51 51.

If your baby was born outside of Kent

If you wish to register a birth that occurred outside the county of Kent (excluding Medway) within the United Kingdom, a birth declaration must be signed by the local authority registering the birth. For further information and address details as to where to send the declaration.

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.

Changing your appointment

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

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. 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.