Births: registration and certificates
Register a birth
You are legally required to register your baby's birth within forty-two days of the date of birth.
Babies born in Wandsworth
If your baby was born in Wandsworth, you should register the baby at our Register Office.
If it is not convenient to come to our register office (for example, if you live far away), then you can go to any register office in England and Wales, and they will send us the information so that we can register the birth.
Babies born outside of Wandsworth
If your baby was born outside of Wandsworth, we can do a declaration for the register office for where the baby was born, but you will need to make an appointment.
What to bring
It would be helpful to bring:
- your passports
- the discharge notes, or
- the red book from the hospital
Who can register the birth
If you are married
If you were married at the time of birth, either parent can register the birth.
If you are not married
If you were not married, both parents must attend for the father's details to be entered into the register.
If you are not married, you can leave out the father's details from the register. If you would like to do this, tell the Registrar and they will ask only relevant questions.
You can enter the father's details at a later date, but you will need to contact us so that we can explain the procedure to you.