How to register a birth

Front cover of Register of births

Every birth must be registered in 42 days of the 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​. 

Book your appointment to register a birth here

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 post the free short birth certificate to you
  • Full birth certificates cost £4 each, but 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.

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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 with the parent's details.

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

You can buy extra 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.

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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)

If you don't have a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch to use our self-service to log your request/report.  Someone will be there to help you if you need it.​​​​​​​ 

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