You can arrange an appointment with us to register the birth of a child. 

You will need to:  

  • take certain documents and information with you to the appointment 
  • pay a fee if you require a birth certificate
Book an appointment to register a birth

When and where 

Births must be registered within 42 days of the baby being born. You can register a birth that occurs in South Gloucestershire at either of our register offices:

Yate One Stop Shop
West Walk, Yate shopping centre
Kennedy Way
Yate
BS37 4DQ

Kingswood Civic Centre
High Street
Kingswood
BS15 9TR

Births outside South Gloucestershire 

We can pass the details of births that took place outside South Gloucestershire (for example at Southmead Hospital) to the registrar for that area. However we cannot issue the birth certificate. you must bring a cheque or postal order for the receiving district with you or apply to them after the appointment. A confirmation that the birth has been registered is obtainable from the receiving registrar, but it cannot be used for any official purpose. 

Who can register 

If you are married at the time of the birth, either parent can register the birth.  

If you are not married and you want the details of the father to appear on the birth certificate, both of you need to attend to register the birth and sign the register or declaration. 

If the father’s name is not included on the birth certificate at the time of the registration, it can be entered later. Contact a registrar if you would like to do this. It is important that the information in the register is correct. 

Information and documents required 

When you go to your appointment you will need:

The baby’s 

  • first names and surname 
  • date and place of birth 
  • gender (male or female) 

The mother’s 

  • full names and surname including any previous surnames 
  • date and place of birth 
  • address 
  • current (or last) job 
  • date of marriage (if applicable) 
  • number of previous children 

The father’s (optional) 

  • full name and surname 
  • date and place of birth 
  • current (or last) job 
  • address 

You will also need to take documents for:  

  • proof of your identity – passport, birth certificate or photo driving licence 
  • proof of your address – photo driving licence (if address details are correct), council tax bill, latest utility bill, recent bank statement (these may be printed from your own computer) 
  • child’s health record book (usually known as the “red book”) 

Issue of certificates

If the baby was born in South Gloucestershire you can purchase a full birth certificate at the time of registration. Each certificate costs £11. Free birth certificates are no longer available.

We can accept card payments for the certificates we issue at the time of registration. We can only accept cheque or postal orders for applications received after registrations. 

 

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