How to register a birth

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Birth registration appointments are now available

We are pleased be able to recommence our birth registration services.  Please see all of the information below on how to do this. 

As you will be aware, Public Health England has set out guidance on how face to face services should be delivered. 

To ensure that you, your family and our staff are kept safe and well on the day, we ask that you arrive no earlier or later than your appointment time to avoid congestion in the library.

We are practicing social distancing and one of our friendly staff will provide guidance on site on how we are conducting our appointments.

Important: we can only complete a birth registration where the birth occurred in Waltham Forest. If your birth occurred in another borough, please visit the relevant borough's website for information on registering a birth there.

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A birth should be registered within 42 days of the child being born (this has been temporarily extended to 90 days due to the pandemic).

You must make an appointment to register the birth of a baby, which will take place at our Walthamstow or Leytonstone Libraries.

Please read the below information thoroughly if registering a birth.

It is best to 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​. 

If your baby was born outside of the borough, you should still make an appointment using our online booking system so you can carry out a birth by declaration. We'll record details of the registration and post them to the registrar in the district where your baby was born. The registrar will then post the short birth certificate to you, and you will pay them directly.

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To ensure the information recorded in the register is accurate, please bring with you any discharge papers and your baby’s red book in addition to:

  • A passport, driving licence, or birth certificate for each parent
  • If the parents are married, they should bring their marriage certificate
  • Any name change documents such as a deed poll or a change of name deed
  • Proof of address such as a driving licence or a Council Tax bill
  • The birth certificate(s) of any previous children

If English is not your first language and help is needed, you should bring an interpreter to the appointment. Errors that are identified after the registration is complete cannot be easily corrected.

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Registering a birth is free. All birth certificates (short and long form) are £11 each.

You can purchase a short birth certificate at the time of the registration appointment.

You are advised to purchase a minimum of 3 certificates to be used for official purposes, and you can buy extra copies at your registration appointment if needed.

When you make your booking, you'll be asked for payment by debit or credit card. We do not accept cash.

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If you don't have a computer or are unsure of how to book an appointment online, you can call us on 0208 496 3000 for support.

For all our services, please visit our Register Office webpage.

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

To make a general enquiry to the Register Office, this can by done through My Account.

You can read the GOV.UK guide to registering a birth for more details, such as procedures for unmarried parents, how children impact your taxes, and how to make child benefit claims.