Birth Registration

Coronavirus update - 4 August 2020

Birth registrations - Appointments are available to book online or by calling 01908 372101.  We are looking forward to seeing you, but we have a large backlog of births to register, so please bear with us as we deal with the earliest births first.

New parents can register their baby with a GP practice without a birth certificate.

Claims for Child Benefit and Universal Credit can be made before you register the birth.  Visit the Child Benefit and Universal Credit pages for details on how to make a claim.

Registering a birth 

When must I register a baby's birth?

You would normally need to register a birth within 42 days (6 weeks) of the day on which your baby was born, however, due to Covid-19 this rule has been relaxed. 

You are still able to apply for child benefit and universal credit before registering your baby's birth.

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How do I register a birth?

You can register your baby's birth by appointment only and you can either book online or by calling 01908 372101.

Unfortunately, we currently have a large backlog of births to register, so please bear with us as we deal with the earliest births first.

Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive an emailing which contains important information about how your appointment will be conducted and what you need to do before you arrive.  Please take time to read this to ensure that your appointment runs smoothly. 

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Where do I register a birth?

You can register your baby's birth at:  

The Register Office
Civic
(side entrance North Eighth Street)
1 Saxon Gate East
Central Milton Keynes
MK9 3EJ

Civic is the council building opposite Marks and Spencer, near the library. 

When you arrive follow the signs to the Register Office which is accessible via the side entrance off North Eighth Street. 

Please ensure you arrive at the time stated on your confirmation email.  If there are others waiting, please maintain social distancing.

A member of staff will check you have an appointment and will let you and your partner in (for joint appointments only).  Please do not bring children with you.

You will be asked to sanitize your hands on arrival and to maintain social distancing at all times.

You must wear a mask or face covering when you attend, but you may be asked to remove this briefly for the registrar during the appointment.

There are no toilet facilities, drinking water or waiting areas on site.

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Who can register my baby's birth?

If the biological parents of the baby were married to each other at the time of the birth either parent 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 included on the register if one of the following happens:

  • Both parents go together to register the birth.
  • If the father cannot go with the mother, he can make a legal declaration in front of a solicitor confirming that he is the father.  The mother should give this to the Registrar.  You can get copies of the declaration form from the gov.uk website
  • If the mother cannot go to the office with the father, she can make a legal declaration in front of a solicitor confirming the name of the father.  The father should give this to the Registrar.
  • If either parent has a court order, they should give this to the Registrar.

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Can I register at another register office?

If your baby was born within the Milton Keynes registration district then the birth has to be registered in Milton Keynes.  

If it is difficult for you to visit our office, you can go to any register office in England or Wales to give the details we need to register your baby's birth.  The register office taking the details will then send the relevant paperwork to enable us to complete the registration.  Any certificates you wish to purchase can then be ordered online via our booking system or by calling 01908 372101.  Please ensure that you have a credit or debit card to hand as payment is required at the time of ordering.   

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What surname should I use?

Normally, you will give the surname of the mother or the father.  Once the surname has been registered you can only change it if one of the following applies:

  • You apply to re-register the birth because you are not married to each other and the father's details were not included on the register.
  • You marry each other after the registration.  In this case, you must re-register the birth, even if the child was given the father's surname in the first registration.

This is a complicated subject, so please visit the gov.uk website or contact the register office if you need more information.

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What documents do I need to take to my appointment with the Registrar?

Please bring the following documentation to your appointment to help ensure records are accurate and complete: 

  • Baby's red book
  • Parents’ passports or birth certificates
  • Documentation confirming any change of name, such as a deed poll (if applicable)
  • Parents’ marriage/civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • A recent utility bill, bank statement or council tax bill
  • Spelling of all baby's names

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What happens when I see the Registrar?

The Registrar will ask:

  • The date and place of the child's birth
  • The child's full name(s) and surname
  • The sex of the child
  • If more than one child was born (as in the case of twins or triplets), time of birth for each baby
  • The name(s), surname(s), address(es), place(s) and date(s) of birth of the parent(s) and any other names by which they have been known
  • The parents' occupations
  • The mother's home address at the time of the birth 
  • The date of the parents' marriage, if applicable, and number of previous children

The Registrar will put the information on a computer file which will generate the register entry.

You will be asked to check the information in the register and to sign to confirm that it is correct.  It is your responsibility to make sure all the information is correct before signing the register as this is a legal document.  It is important that you thoroughly check all the information paying careful attention to the spelling of names and places as well as dates. You will be required to pay a fee for any corrections to be made, most of which will require the authority of the Registrar General   

The registration will take approximately 20 minutes.

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What certificates will I get?

All certificates are paid for either at the time of booking your appointment. 

If you don't purchase any when you book your appointment you will need to wait until after the registration has been completed and then place your order via our online booking system.

Full certificates are needed for all official purposes.  

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What will it cost?

The fees are set by Parliament and are regularly reviewed.

It is free to register your child's birth.  The only fee payable is for any copies of the birth certificates you require.

Please see these charges on our Register Office Fees page. 

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What if I cannot speak or understand English?

If English is not your first language and you would like someone to help you register, you can ask a friend or relative to come with you.

PLEASE NOTE:  partners cannot translate for each other.

Milton Keynes Council also has a language service providing Interpreting and Translation Services for those who need additional support.

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How do I get a copy of a birth certificate after registration?

If the birth occurred in the Milton Keynes registration district and has been registered already the quickest way to get copy certificates is to apply online using a credit or debit card.

If the birth occurred in another District you will need to contact the district where the birth took place in order to purchase a copy certificate.

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How do I add my baby's natural father's details onto a birth certificate?

If, at the time you registered your baby's birth, baby's biological father's details were not included and you wish these to be added, you need to re-register your child's birth.  Detail of the process you need to follow can be found under the section Re-registering a birth, however we are currently not able to offer any re-registration appointments.

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Baby's natural parents have married following baby's birth registration, what do we need to do?

If, after a child's birth registration, the biological parents have married each other, then the child's birth needs to be re-registered.  Details of the process you need to follow can be found under the section Re-registering a birth, however, we are currently not able to offer any re-registration appointments.  

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Last Updated: 4 August 2020