In England or Wales, all births must be registered within 42 days of the baby being born. The birth should be registered in the district where the baby was born. If the baby was born in Coventry then you can make an appointment online to register the birth.
If the baby was born in Coventry but you cannot get to Coventry to register the birth then you can see a registrar in another district. The registrar will record the details on a form of declaration and send it to the registrar for the district where the birth took place. They will then enter the details in the birth register.
You don’t need to bring the baby to the registry office to show that the birth has taken place. The local health authority or the hospital where the birth took place will notify the registrar of the birth.
Certificates of the birth will be posted by the registrar for the district where the birth took place. A certificate is issued free of charge confirming the registration. But if you are planning to apply for a passport for your child, the Passport Agency will need a 'full' birth certificate which includes the parents' names. These certificates are available from the registrar at the time of registration for a fee of £4. You can buy as many as you want. Later applications for the certificates will cost either £7 if the register is still in use by the registrar or £10 if the register has been put in storage with the Superintendent Registrar.
Coventry Register Office runs an appointment system for registration. You can make an appointment online or you can call us to make an appointment.