This page gives you information about how to register a birth that occurred in England or Wales. Arrangements differ in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
You can obtain information about how to register a birth in Scotland or Northern Ireland by following the links on this page to their websites.
We hope that the information on this page will answer your questions on how to register the birth of your baby, but if you have any questions, please contact the Register Office (details on this page) and we will be pleased to help.
When must I register my baby's birth?
The birth must be registered within 42 days of the birth of your child.
Where do I register the birth?
The birth should be registered in the Register Office of the district in which the birth took place. If this is not possible, you may go to any Register Office in England or Wales to give information for the registration but the birth will not be registered there. This information will be sent to the office in the district where the birth took place and once they have registered the birth, a free short birth certificate will be forwarded to you.
The Luton Register Office is in George Street West (details on this page) and you will need to make an appointment to register a birth.
Who can register the birth?
If the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth, either the mother or father can register the baby. If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth, the father's details can only be entered in the register in the following circumstances:
- Where the mother and father attend together before the Registrar to register the birth.
- Where the father is unable to attend with the mother, it is possible for him to make a legal declaration in front of a solicitor confirming that he is the father (copies of this form can be obtained from any Registrar in England or Wales), which the mother should give to the Registrar.
- Where the mother is unable to attend with the father, it is possible for her to make a legal declaration in front of a solicitor confirming the name of the father (copies of this form can be obtained from any Registrar in England or Wales), which the father should give to the Registrar.
- Where either parent has obtained a relevant court order this should be given to the Registrar who will advise you further.
However, please remember that you must still register your baby within 42 days of the birth.
What if I can't speak English?
Please bring someone to help you register. You can ask a friend or relative to come with you but please remember that they cannot come INSTEAD of you.
What information will the Registrar need?
- The date and place of your baby's birth. If the birth is one of twins, triplets, etc, then additionally, the time of each baby's birth.
- Whether the baby is a boy or a girl.
- The forenames and surname of your baby.
- Father's forenames, surname, date and place of birth and occupation. If he was not employed at that time, the last occupation he had.
- Father's address, if he was not married to the baby's mother.
- Mother's forenames and surname, date and place of birth - her maiden name will also be required if she is, or has been, married. We will also record the mother's occupation, if she has one.
- Mother's usual address at the time of birth.
General Information required by the Registrar
- If the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth, the date of the marriage.
- The number of children the mother has previously had by her present husband and any former husband.
The Registrar will see you in private. The information you provide will be recorded and you will be asked to check it and sign that the details are correct. Please check the information carefully as it is very difficult to correct after you have signed. The Registration will take about 20 minutes.
How much will registration cost?
The registration will cost nothing and you will receive a free birth certificate which shows the baby's name, date of birth, whether your baby is a boy or a girl and the district of the birth.
If you would like a certificate which shows all the details recorded in the register you can buy one. The Registrar will advise you of the fees for any extra certificates, which are issued at the Registration. You can buy certificates at a later date but they will cost more - again the Registrar will advise you of the fees.
Follow this link to order additional copies of a birth certificate.
When you have submitted your request you will be issued with a reference number which you will need to copy and use when you make your payment.
Monday - Friday 9.15-4.15 by appointment only