Register a birth

Congratulations on the birth of your baby. Births should be registered within 42 days. This is free and takes around 30 minutes.

If your baby was born outside Buckinghamshire or in Milton Keynes, contact your nearest Register Office.

Due to coronavirus:

  • do not bring babies or children with you to your appointment
  • wear a mask or face covering if you have one (we can supply one if not)
  • do not attend if you develop a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

Our registration offices in Aylesbury, Beaconsfield Old Town and High Wycombe Library are open for appointments. If you don't speak or understand English, please bring someone who can translate for you.

Book your appointment


Who can register a birth

If the parents are married at the time of birth or conception, either the mother or father can register the birth.  Only one parent will see the Registrar but the details of both parents will be included on the birth certificate. 

If the parents are not married at the time of birth or conception:

  • the father's details can only be included in the register if both parents go together to register the birth
  • the mother can register without the father, but his details will not be included (it may be possible to re-register at a later date and add his details)
  • where there is a parental responsibility agreement in force, or either parent has an appropriate court order, this should be presented before the registration appointment

If neither the mother nor the father can attend, please contact the Register Office.

The appointment process:

  • Please bring your baby's red NHS book
  • To help ensure the accuracy of the information recorded, and correct spellings, please bring documents with you such as your passport, driving licence, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates.  We can still register the birth without these documents.
  • Please bring a payment card to pay the fee for the birth certificates required, view the Fees page
  • Extra copies of certificates can be issued at a later date

The information you'll be asked by the Registrar:

  • Baby’s name, date and place of birth
  • Parents’ names, places of birth, occupations and addresses

 Extra information that will be asked but won't be on the birth certificate:

  • If the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth and the date of the marriage
  • If the mother has had any other children or been married before
  • Parents’ dates of birth


Unmarried couples

  • For unmarried fathers to get equal parental responsibility, both parents need to register the birth of your baby together
  • Parental responsibility for your child gives you important legal rights as well as responsibilities. Without it, you don’t have any right to be involved in decisions such as where the child lives, their education, religion or medical treatment. With parental responsibility, you are treated in law as the child’s parent and you take equal responsibility for bringing them up.
  • Unlike mothers and married fathers, if you are not married to the baby’s mother you do not automatically have parental responsibility for them
  • You can also get responsibility by marrying the child’s mother, signing an official agreement with the mother or getting a court order – you might want to think about this if you have other children

Parentline Plus has a free helpline where you can talk through the options and ask for advice.


Corrections to Birth Registrations

If you need to make a correction to a birth registration, please contact us for advice on what to do next. We will let you know whether to use one of the links below and complete a correction application form, which should be then sent to us with supporting documentation.

Correct a birth registration

Add a father's name to a birth certificate


Apply for your baby's first passport

You can apply for your baby's first passport online.



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