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Registering a birth

When to register

You must register a birth within 42 days of the baby being born.

Where to register

You can register a birth that occurs in South Gloucestershire at any of our register offices. Our registrars are located at Yate One Stop Shop (next to the Leisure Centre on West Walk, Yate shopping centre, see map below) and Kingswood Civic Centre.

Yate One Stop Shop location

Please telephone to make an appointment. If the birth took place outside South Gloucestershire, for example at Southmead Hospital, you can still provide us with details. We will pass the information you provide to the registrar for that area. We cannot issue birth certificates for babies born outside of South Gloucestershire, the receiving registrar will register your baby’s birth. To obtain a full birth certificate you must bring a cheque or postal order for the receiving district with you, or apply to them after the appointment. Please note from 1 November 2017 the free birth certificate has been withdrawn.  A confirmation that the birth has been registered is obtainable from the receiving registrar, but it cannot be used for any official purpose.

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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 at a later date. Please contact a registrar if you would like to do this. It is important that the information in the register is correct.

Information needed to register

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

Documents you need to bring

  • 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**. The fee each certificate is £11, following changes introduced by HM Treasury on 16 February 2019. We can accept card payments, for the certificates we issue at the time of registration, but can only accept cheque or postal orders for applications received after registrations.

**Full birth certificates are required by government departments such as the Passport Agency, or for enrolling your child in school.

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