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Register a birth

Booking an appointment

By law you must register a birth within 42 days.

If your baby was born in Leeds, please call 0113 2224408 to make an appointment.

Where can I go for the appointment?

You can register the birth at one of the following One Stop Centres - 2 Great George Street, Armley, Chapeltown, Dewsbury Road, Garforth, Harehills, Middleton, Morley, Otley, Pudsey, Rawdon, Rothwell and Wetherby. Please see the documents section for addresses and opening times.

You can also register a birth in any other Register Office in England and Wales. The Registrar will send the details on to us, although there will be a delay in receiving the birth certificate.

Who can register a birth?

If the parents are married to each other

  •  Either the baby’s mother or father.

If the parents are not married to each other

  • The mother
  • The mother and father together

Please note that if the parents are not married to each other at the time of the birth we can only enter the father’s details on the birth certificate if he comes with the mother to register the birth.

Tell Us Once

This is a free and optional service. After the birth registration we can check your child benefit form and send it off on your behalf, ask about this when you book your appointment. Please bring your completed child benefit form and the return envelope to the appointment.

Frequently asked questions

Is my child a British citizen?

Yes, if either parent is a British citizen or settled for immigration purposes on the date of your child’s birth.

No, if neither parent was a British citizen nor settled for immigration purposes on the date of your child’s birth.

For more information please visit the Home Office website by following the link below.​

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Can I register the birth if I am in a same sex relationship?

If you were in a same sex relationship with a female partner at the time the baby was conceived your partner’s details may be entered into the register under certain circumstances as “Parent” of the child. Please ring us on 0113 2224408 for further advice.​

What information does the Registrar need to know?

  • The baby's full name, sex, date and place of birth.
  • The mother's full name, maiden surname, date and place of birth, address, occupation and date of marriage (if applicable).
  • If the father is married to the mother or attends the appointment the the following details for the father will be entered - his full name, date and place of birth, address, occupation and date of marriage (if applicable)
  • For multiple births, the time of each babies birth.​​

Do I need to bring anything with me when I register a birth?

If following the birth registration you have booked a Tell Us Once appointment you will need to bring the completed child benefit form.

For the birth registration you do not need to bring any ID documents; but it may be helpful to bring something showing the correct spelling of your name (for example a passport).

What if I need an interpreter?

​We can provide an interpreter for you if English is not your first language. Or you may bring a friend or relative to help interpret.

What if the mother or father cannot attend the registration?

​If the parents are married to each other only one of them needs to attend.

If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth and the mother or father is unable to attend; they can make a Statutory Declaration confirming that they are the mother/father. The parent attending the registration will need to hand this declaration to the Registrar.

You will need to complete the Statutory Declaration form before making your appointment. Please contact us on 0113 222 4408 to ask for a form.

What if I have a court order or a parental responsibility agreement?

​Please contact us on 0113 222 4408.

How much does registering cost?

​There is no charge for the registration. You will receive a free short birth certificate showing baby's forenames, surname, sex and date of birth.

For the fee of £4, you can get copies of the full birth certificate which includes the parents' details.

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