Register a birth

Owing to ongoing national technical issues with the registration system the waiting time for appointments is currently longer than usual.

The Register Office is now open for birth registrations. Admission to the building will be strictly limited to customers who have appointments.

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 should be 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
  • Although the government has lifted the legal requirements for face masks we are still asking all visitors to the registration offices to wear a face mask in order to prevent the spread of infection

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 and you are a Wandsworth resident, 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.

Please contact us by phone or email if you wish to make an appointment for a declaration.


  • £11 per certificate (statutory fee)


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.

Alternatively, if one parent cannot attend the register office, they will need to complete a statutory declaration form, which must be attested by a legal professional. The parent registering the birth should give the completed form to the registrar.

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


  • 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 / Second Parent (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


  • 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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