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 Queens Hospital in 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.

If your baby was born at Whipps Cross Hospital, please book an appointment with Waltham Forest.

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.

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Re-registering a birth

Re-registration forms are available from any register office in England or Wales.

To re-register a birth please use:

Once you have filled in the form you should return it to the register office where the child was born. If the child was born in Redbridge, please submit the form to:

Redbridge Registration Service

London Borough Of Redbridge

Redbridge Town Hall

128-142 High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1DD

Once we have received your completed form we will then contact you to advise if you need to arrange an appointment with a registrar for the re-registration of the birth. 

If you are unable to get to the register office in the district where the birth occurred, you can re-register at another register office by declaration and should take the application forms to the register office where you wish to be seen.

Most re-registrations can be authorised in the register office. Some applications have to be referred to the Registrar General for consideration, for example if a court order is involved or if the marriage took place outside England and Wales. 

Certificate cost

All payments can be made by debit or credit card.

  • full birth certificate, £11
  • short birth certificate, £11

Order a copy certificate

 

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, driving licence, birth or marriage certificate
  • any name change documents such as deed poll or 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 in the registrar privacy notice.  

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 registration 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 consideration 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 register.office@redbridge.gov.uk

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? 

Please register.office@redbridge.gov.uk to advise you.

Can I change the forenames of my child?

If any of the following have been decided on within 12 months of the registration of the birth, new names may be recorded in the birth entry: 

  • a new forename
  • an additional forename
  • a different spelling of the forename
  • the reversal of the order of the forenames
  • the omission of the forename
  • any combination of these

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:

  1. when completing a re-registration to add the father/parents name on a birth certificate where originally just the mother was recorded
  2. 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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