Register a birth

If your baby was born in the borough of Brent, whether at home or in hospital, you must register the birth in person at a register office.

Birth registration should be completed in 42 days (or six weeks) of the birth and appointments must be booked in advance.

Make an appointment to register a birth

Registering births outside the borough of Brent

Who needs to attend

If the couple were married at the time of the birth, then either the mother or father can register the baby.

If you were not married, the mother must register the baby. If the father's details are to be added, he will need to come along to the registration. If this is not possible, please contact us for advice.

To enter the father's name after the birth has been registered, the mother must complete a yellow re-registration (GRO 185) form. The form must be completed in advance and both mother and father need to attend the re-registration appointment.

If the father is not able to attend but gives the mother permission, the mother must provide a statutory declaration witnessed by a solicitor. Forms can be obtained from us, please contact our Registration and Nationality Service.

Information you will need

Child

  • Date and place of birth; if the birth is one of twins, triplets, etc the time of each child's birth will also be needed
  • Sex of the child
  • The first name(s) and surname in which it is intended that the child will be brought up

Father

(Where this information is to be entered in the register)

  • First name(s) and surname
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation at the time of the child's birth or, if not employed at that time, the last occupation

Mother

  • First name(s) and surname
  • Maiden surname if the mother is, or has been, married
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation at the time of the child's birth or, if not employed at that time, the last occupation
  • Address at the date of the birth
  • Date of marriage, if married to the child's father at the time of the birth
  • Number of previous children

Re-registering births in Brent after marriage

Birth certificates

A copy of the full birth certificate is available for a charge. Copies requested at a later date can cost more. View a list of our certificate fees.

Change of name

If we are unable to change the name on your child's birth certificate, you can change the name through a deed poll.

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