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Registration law change

The following statutory services will be chargeable from the 1st November 2017: All short birth certificates, changes or additions of a forename to a birth registration, correcting an error on a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate, clearance of a divorce from any country other than UK and application to reduce the 28 day notice period for marriage or civil partnership. For details of the fee changes please see our Registrars Fees document.

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Register a birth

Here you can find information on who, how and where you can register a birth, and what information you will need to bring with you to your appointment.

If your baby was born in Leeds, please call 0113 222 4408 to book an appointment.​​

By law you must register a birth within 42 days.​​​

Click to expandWhere 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, Moor Allerton, Morley, Pudsey, Rothwell, Wetherby and Yeadon. Please see our addresses and opening times for each One Stop Centre.

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.​​​

Click to expandWho can register a birth?

Opposite sex couples

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.


Same-sex female couples

If the parents are married to each other or in a civil partnership:

- Either the baby’s mother or 2nd parent if the following is true:
1. The mother had a child by donor insemination or fertility treatment
2. She was married or in a civil partnership at the time of the treatment

If the parents are not married or in a civil partnership with each other:

-The mother
-The mother and 2nd parent together

Please note that if the parents are not married or in a civil partnership with each other at the time of the birth we can only enter the 2nd parent’s details on the birth certificate if she comes with the mother to register the birth and the following is true:

1. Birth mother received treatment in the UK by a licensed clinic
2. Have made a ‘parenthood agreement’


Same-sex male couples:

Male couples must get a parental order from the court before they can be registered as parents. This is not a process that involves the Register Office.

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Click to expandInformation you need when registering a birth​

When registering a birth, you will need to tell the Registrar the following information:

  • The baby’s full name, sex, place and date of birth.
  • The parent(s) full name(s), place and date of birth.
  • The mothers’ maiden surname (if applicable)
  • The parent(s) address and job(s)
  • The date of the parents’ marriage/civil partnership (if applicable)


You might not need to give all of this information, depending on who is registering the birth.

Please bring the one of the following for each of the parent(s):

  • Photographic ID (e.g. passport, travel document, driving licence, biometric residence permit, permanent residence card)

  • Birth certificate

You may also need a statutory declaration of paternity from the other parent before you give their details if they aren’t going to the register office with you. If you require this, please contact the register office for guidance.

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Click to expandDoes it cost to register a birth?

​There is no charge for the registration.

For a fee of £4 you can get a copy of the full birth certificate which also includes the parents' details.​​​​

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