Register a birth
Birth in Redbridge, Havering or elsewhere
All births that happen in Redbridge must be registered at the Register Office in Redbridge Town Hall. If you have a baby in Queens Hospital in the London Borough of Havering, then you are also able to register your baby's birth at Redbridge Register Office.
A birth outside of Redbridge and Havering will need to be registered at the Register Office in the district where the birth took place. If this is not convenient you can attend the Register Office in Redbridge Town Hall to complete a declaration of birth but we cannot issue a birth certificate. This will be issued by the district of birth once the registration has been completed by them.
A birth outside of the UK cannot be registered in the UK.
A birth must be registered within 42 days of the child being born. If you haven't registered the birth within this period please contact the Register Office.
You must make an appointment to register the birth of a baby. You can book an appointment online. Appointments are between 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.
Please read the information below before booking an appointment. We will tell you which documents to bring with you in a confirmation email.
A birth can be registered by:
- married parents - either parent if the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth
- unmarried parents - the mother;
- the mother and the father if they were not married to each other at the time of the birth
If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth, the father's particulars may be entered in the register in the following circumstances only:
- mother and father attend the registration appointment together and sign the birth register
- one parent completes a statutory declaration of parentage and the second parent takes this document when they attend to register the birth
- one parent attends with a Court document granting the father parental responsibility.
We reserve the right to cancel your appointment if you arrive more than 5 minutes after the time your appointment is due to commence and you may need to re-book.
Please note that as of Wednesday 1 November 2017, due to legislative changes, we will no longer be issuing a free short birth certificate
- full birth certificate at time of registration £4
- additional certificates after the day of registration and whilst the register is still being completed £7
- additional certificates once the register is complete £10
All payments can be made by debit card or credit card. We charge 1.5 percent per credit card payment.
Re-registering a birth
You can re-register a birth if:
- the parents have married each other after the birth of the baby
- the father is not on the original birth entry but is now willing to attend the Register Office, with the mother, to have his details included
Information needed for Registration
To ensure the information recorded in the register is accurate, please bring with you any discharge papers and baby’s red book in addition to:
- one or both parents’ passport or driving licence, birth or marriage certificate
- any name change documents such as deed poll/change of name deed
- proof of address – such as driving licence or Council Tax bill
- birth certificate of any previous children
If English is not your first language and help is needed, you should bring an interpreter to the appointment. Errors identified after the registration is complete cannot be easily corrected.
All information you provide to the Registrar's service is done so in the strictest of confidence, you can find full details here.
What happens if there is a mistake on a birth certificate?
Each registration is a record of a life event. Correction of an error in a register can only be made in accordance with procedures set out by the General Register Office (GRO). You will have to apply for a correction in writing and support the request with documentary evidence.
What will a correction look like on a certificate?
The original information will still be shown as it was first given, but a marginal note will be added at the bottom of the certificate. This will describe what the correct information should be and the date the correction was made. All certificates issued thereafter will show the note in the margin.
How much does it cost to update or correct my child’s birth certificate?
From 1 November 2017, if the registeration was less than twelve months ago you can still amend any forenames for your child on the birth certificate.
There will be a charge of £40 for this process and an additional charge for the purchase of any new certificates.
For consideration by Registrar/Superintendent Registrar of a correction will be £75.00
For consideraton by the Registrar General of a correction will be £90.00
If the correction is applied there will be an additional fee for a new certificate.
Should you require additional clarification please firstname.lastname@example.org
How long does it take to sort out a correction?
In certain instances, we have the authority to deal with corrections without referral to the General Register Office (GRO). In most cases, however, you will need to submit correction requests to GRO.
Which correction requests can Redbridge deal with without the need to refer to GRO?
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Can I change the forenames of my child?
If it is claimed that within 12 months of the registration of the birth;
- a new forename, or
- an additional forename or,
- a different spelling of the forename
- the reversal of the order of the forenames or,
- the omission of the forename
- any combination of these
has been decided upon there is a facility whereby the new names may be recorded in the birth entry, please contact the Register Office for further details on this procedure.
Can I change the surname of my child?
There are only two occasions when you may be able to update the surname of your child as recorded on the birth certificate:
- when completing a re-registration to add the father/parents name on a birth certificate where originally just the mother was recorded
- when completing a re-registration following marriage between the parents of the child
What happens if the parents change address, occupation or names after the registration?
The registration is a record of events at the time of the birth. Apart from re-registration cases, updated personal circumstances are not recorded on the birth certificate and there is no need to let us know of changes.
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