Register a birth

Customer notice

COVID-19: Further to Government announcements on the easing of lockdown restrictions, some services have now resumed on limited basis. Please go to the individual service webpage for further details.

Admission to the office is by appointment only. Customers without an appointment will not be admitted and should not travel to the office. Please contact us via email or telephone.

The Government has announced that birth registrations may resume.

The Register Office will re-open, by invitation only, from 10 June 2020. Admission to the building will be strictly limited to customers who have appointments.

Priority will be given to outstanding registrations for babies born in Wandsworth before 31 May.

We aim to reopen online bookings in July, when babies born after 1 June may be registered.

To help facilitate the backlog of more than 1000 births, and minimise face to face contact time for your safety and ours.

We ask  that:

  • Only essential persons attend. For married or civil partnered parents, only one parent should attend. If parents are not married or in a civil partnership, both should attend. Please minimise risk by only bringing children if childcare cannot be arranged
  • Certificates are paid for online once your appointment is confirmed. This will minimise the potential for cross-infection through handling of cash or chip and pin machines
  • You bring your own pen (black ink) to sign with
  • You provide some information in advance to help expedite the registration. The law still requires you to register in person, therefore we will ask the questions again when you attend, before you check and sign the register entry
  • Please complete the online pre-appointment form. Once received, a registrar will contact you to arrange an appointment.

Legal requirements

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. Once registered you can order birth certificates online.

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. Please check with the receiving office how to apply for certificates following the registration. If they advise you to send a cheque or postal order please ensure it is made payable to the relevant council and not to Wandsworth. 

We do not charge for this service, however you will be required to pay for postage to the relevant office, either £2 for 1st class-signed for, or £7 for special delivery. The attested declaration must be sent directly from us to the registering registrar, and cannot be taken away with you.

Fee

  • £11 per certificate (statutory fee)

Corrections

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

It could cost £90 (statutory fee) 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