Every birth in England or Wales must be registered in the district in which it takes place within 42 days of the date of birth.
Details are given to the registrar and the information, which is usually recorded on computer, is also recorded in the birth register and the person registering the birth signs the record.
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.
If you can't get to the district where the birth took place, 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. Certificates of the birth will be posted by the registrar for the district where the birth took place.
The baby does not need to be taken to the registrar's 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.
Coventry Register Office runs an appointment system for registration. To make an appointment please contact us.