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Register a birth

Last updated 20 March 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 by calling 020 8496 3000.

Appointments can be held at:

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

How much will it cost?

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

For a full version certificate containing the parent's details, the costs are as follows:

Full version certificate Fee
On the day of registration £4
After the day of registration and within the first month £7

One month or more after registration

Important change to payment method from 1 April 2015

The Council will no longer accept cash as payment for services

You will be asked for payment by debit or credit card at the time of your booking. You will be able to purchase additional certificates on the day of your registration again by debit or credit card only.


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 will take details of the registration
  • We will 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 will forward the short birth certificate to you by post

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

To make an appointment for a birth declaration, call 020 8496 3000.

I don't speak English

If you do not speak English, you must bring an interpreter with you. This can be a family member or friend who has command of the English language.

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

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