COVID-19 update: Wednesday 25 March

We are not taking any registration or re-registration of births during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Changes to Registration Services

We are taking action to maintain services and prioritise key areas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In line with General Register Office guidance all registration and re-registration of births are suspended.

Service updates

Registration of births

  • All registration of births are to be deferred until we are through the current pandemic period.
  • You can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered, if you have not been able to do so because of these measures. 

Re-Register a birth and non-essential corrections

  • This service is suspended until further notice

Where to register your child's birth

All births in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must be registered within 42 days of the child being born.

The birth must be registered at the local register office in the registration district where the baby was born. For births in Brighton & Hove, this is Brighton Town Hall.

You can book an appointment to register a birth online or phone 01273 292 016.

You can also register a baby born in Brighton & Hove at Lewes Register Office

If your baby was born outside Brighton & Hove

Your baby will need to be registered at the local register office where the baby was born.

Find a register office in England or Wales

If you cannot register the birth in the area where the baby was born, you can go to another register office and they will send your details to the correct office.

If you are a foreign national

Information about your baby's citizenship eligibility can be found on the GOV.UK website

Who can register the birth

See who can register a birth on GOV.UK.

Parental responsibility

Mothers automatically have parental responsibility. By including the father on the birth certificate, they also have parental responsibility.

Learn more about parental responsibility on GOV.UK. 


What you should take to the appointment

When you have booked your birth registration appointment, you will be asked to bring with you:

  • current passport
  • proof of address (such as a council tax bill)
  • driving licence
  • if applicable your marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • if applicable your name change documents such as name deed or deed poll

Registration is free. You can buy a copy of the birth certificate at registration for £11. You can also buy extra copies of the birth certificate at any time.

Information you’ll need to provide

At the birth registration appointment, we will ask you for information about the baby and parents:


  • date and place of birth
  • whether the baby is a boy or a girl
  • the full name and surname in which the baby is to be brought up


  • full names and surname (and any other names they have used)
  • date and place of birth
  • address at the time of the baby’s birth
  • their occupation

Father or co-parent (If his/her details are to be entered in the register)

  • full names and surname (and any other names they have used)
  • date and place of birth
  • their occupation

Please check the details carefully before you sign the entry while you are at your appointment.

Correction fees

If you need to make a change or a correction to the birth certificate. there is a charge of £75 or £90 (depending on the type of correction). 
Forenames added within 12 months of birth registration will cost £40 plus £11 certificate fee.