Register a birth

By law every birth must be registered no later than 42 days after the baby's date of birth.

You should register a birth in the borough where the baby was born. If your baby was born in the London Borough of Brent, please make an appointment.

There’s no charge for registering a birth. You can buy full certificates, showing the parents details or short certificates showing just the child’s details. You can pre-purchase full certificates when booking your appointment online or on the day of registration for £11 each by debit/credit card.

Make an appointment to register a birth

Please read below instructions before making an appointment to register a birth.

If you’re married or in a civil partnership with the other parent to your new-born child, only one of you needs to visit the Brent Register Office to register the birth.

If you’re not married or in a civil partnership with one another, you must attend together if you’d both like to be included as parents in the register.

The Register a birth page on the Gov.uk website offers details on how the registration process works for other parental circumstances.

Documents you'll need to bring

To register the birth, you will need to bring the hospital discharge papers or the red book.  To assist with the registration, you can also bring along the following optional documents

  • Your passport or birth certificate
  • Your marriage certificate, if applicable
  • An official document showing your name and current address, such as a driving licence or utility bill

If English is not your first language and you need assistance please bring someone with you who can speak and read both English and your language fluently.