Booking an appointment
By law you must register a birth within 42 days in the district where the birth took place.
For births in Leeds, you must call 0113 2224408 to make an appointment.
If you prefer, you can register a birth in any other Register Office and the Registrar will send the details on to us, although there will be a delay in receiving the birth certificate.
Where should I go?
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. A list of the addresses and opening times can be found in the download section below.
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.
What information does the Registrar need to know?
The Registrar will need to know the following information about the baby, mother and father (if his details will be entered).
- 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 then 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 baby's birth.
- How many previous children the mother has had.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for the registration. You will receive a free short birth certificate showing baby's forenames, surname, sex, date of birth and district of birth.
The Registrar can also provide copies of full birth certificates which includes parents’ details – these cost £4. If certificates are required at a later date the Registrar will advise on fees.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
For the Birth registration you do not need to bring anything with you but it may be helpful for you to bring your own passports to the appointment.
If you are having a Tell Us Once appointment following the birth registration you will need to bring a completed Child Benefit form. You will also need to tell us the
- National Insurance Number(s)
- date of birth
- address, and
- phone number
for the parents named on the birth certificate as well as details of any benefits that the parents are receiving or have applied for.
What is Tell Us Once?
Following the Birth registration appointment you can opt to have your Child Benefit form checked and sent off on your behalf. You can also inform a number of government departments and local council Services about the birth.
You will need to request the Tell Us Once service when you phone to book an appointment to register the birth.
You can only use this service when you attend to register a birth. This is an optional service and it is free of charge. Please follow link for more information
What if I need an interpreter?
We can provide an interpreter to help for one or both parents if English is not your first language. Or you may bring a friend or relative to help interpret.