Register a birth

Last updated 27 November 2015

Every birth must be registered within 42 days of the baby being born.

How do I register a birth?

You should register a birth in the district where the baby was born. If your baby was born in Waltham Forest, please make an appointment using our online booking system​. 

Appointments can be held at:

Please be on time for your appointment. If you're late your appointment will be rebooked.

How much will it cost?

Registering a birth is free. When you register you will be given a short version certificate which contains the baby's details.

It costs £4 for a copy of the full version certificate containing the parent's details.

When you make your booking you'll be asked for payment by debit or credit card.

You can buy additional certificates at your registration appointment. Certificates ordered after the day of registration are more expensive.

If you need a copy of a birth certificate, read our copy certificate information for costs and how to apply.

More information

Read the GOV.UK guide to registering a birth for more information, including:

  • What you should bring to your appointment
  • Who can register a birth
  • Birth certificates
  • Organisations to contact about the birth (such as Child Benefit)

Registering a baby not born in Waltham Forest

To register a baby in Waltham Forest who was born outside of the borough, you must give details of the birth by declaration.

How does declaration work?

  • We'll take details of the registration and post them to the Registrar of the area where the baby was born
  • The Registrar in that office will make the entry in the birth register
  • They'll forward the free short birth certificate to you by post
  • Full birth certificates can be purchased for £4 each however payment can only be made by cheque or postal order, payable to the receiving Register Office

Allow at least 7 working days from giving the birth declaration to receiving the documents. If you've not received anything after this time, contact the Register Office for the area in which the birth took place.

I don't speak English

If you don't speak English, you must bring an interpreter with you. This can be an English speaking family member or friend. 

Please note: We can't arrange an interpreter for you.​​​​​​

Further questions

If the information above has not answered your questions, you can complete an online enquiry form to contact the Registry Office.

Complete a Registrars enquiry form

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