Births: registration and certificates

Register a birth

You are legally required to register your baby's birth within 42 days of the date of birth, and in the borough where the birth took place. The baby does not need to be brought to the registration.

Babies born in Wandsworth

If your baby was born in Wandsworth, you should register the baby at the Wandsworth Register Office. The Register Office operates a drop-in service Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment.

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 'birth declaration' for the register office for where the baby was born, but you will need to book an appointment.

Cost

  • £4 per certificate (cash or card payment)
  • £4 per certificate for declarations (cheque or postal order only)

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.

    What to bring

    It would be helpful to bring:

    • your passport(s) or birth certificate(s)
    • the fee for each certificate
    • the discharge notes or the red book from the hospital
    • for birth declarations: cheque or postal order
    • if you do not understand English: please bring someone who can translate for you

    What information is registered

    Child

    • Date and place of birth. Separate dates and times for multiple births, such as twins
    • The child's sex
    • The first name, middle names (if applicable) and surname a child will be brought up with

    Father (where applicable)

    • First name, middle names (if applicable) and surname
    • Date and place of birth
    • Occupation at time of the child's birth. If not employed, the previous occupation

    Mother

    • First name, middle names (if applicable) and surname
    • Maiden surname/surname at birth (if different than time of birth)
    • Date and place of birth
    • Occupation at time of the child's birth. If not employed, the previous occupation

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