Register a birth

All our libraries are closed until further notice, however we will continue to hold death registration appointments from library locations.

Birth registrations are currently on hold until further notice.

Check our service updates page for the latest information and guidance.

Birth registrations are currently on hold until further notice, which means registering within 42 days is not essential.

Please check our service updates page for the latest information and guidance.

Note you can make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered.

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.

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.

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, 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.

You will receive a Bookstart pack and you can purchase birth certificates.

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.