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, the birth must be registered at Wandsworth Register Office. You will need to book an appointment. Appointments are available Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm.

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 to give a declaration, and they will send us the information so that we can register the birth. If you go to another register office you must take a cheque book or postal order as payment for certificates.

Babies born outside of Wandsworth

If your baby was born outside of Wandsworth, we can take a 'birth declaration' on behalf of the relevant register office. You will need to bring payment in the form of a cheque or postal order as the declaration will be sent to that office by post.  

Cost

Certificates 

  • £4 per certificate (cash or card payment)
  • £4 per certificate for declarations (cheque or postal order only)
  • £10 (when the register has been archived)

Cash or card payment is acceptable for Wandsworth births. A cheque or postal order is required for out-of-borough births.

Corrections 

From 1st November 2017 new statutory fees are being introduced and it will cost up to £90 to correct a mistake in a birth registration. It is your responsibility to provide accurate information at the registration and check the record carefully. Your signature is your confirmation that the entry is correct.

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 by re-registering the birth.

    What to bring

    It is essential that you bring:

    • 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

    It would also be helpful if you could bring:

    • your passport(s) or birth certificate(s)

    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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