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What are the key birth registration facts at a glance?
Who can register a birth?
If the parents were legally married or in a civil partnership 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 entered in the register in the following circumstances:
Please remember a parent/parents must register the birth in person. They cannot ask a friend or relative to register the birth on their behalf.
How do I register a birth?
Your baby’s birth must be registered in the registration district in which it occurred within 42 days. If your baby was born within the boundaries of the East Riding of Yorkshire, you will need to make an appointment at any one of our registration offices.
It would be most helpful if you could bring the following documents with you to the appointment for your own reference to help us record accurate information:
How much does it cost to register a birth?
There is no cost to register a birth.
There is a charge of £11 per certificate. The birth certificate will include the parent’s details at the time of the registration.
Full Birth Certificates are required for applying for a passport and to open a bank account for the child.
Copies may be requested at any time after the birth registration at £11 per certificate. We suggest that you order these online after the appointment
What happens during a registration and how long will it take?
The registration will take between 15 to 30 minutes. The registrar will record details onto the national database for birth registrations and print the birth register page or the declaration form when the birth has occurred in another district. Based on the information given by a legally qualified informant(s). Where a declaration is made, the register entry must accord precisely with the declaration when completed in the registering district.
It is very important that the information is accurate as the register is a historical legal record. If any corrections are required, there is a formal procedure to follow which is time consuming and currently costs up to £100. The onus is on the informant (parent) to provide evidence in the case of a correction being made.
To avoid this, informants will be asked to:
If you discover an error after the register/declaration has been signed, you should refer to:
This provides information on to how to correct an error and for confirmation of the fee which will apply.
Can I register a birth that has taken place outside of the East Riding?
If your baby was born outside the boundaries of the East Riding of Yorkshire we cannot register the birth but, we can record the details and forward those onto the appropriate register office this is called a Birth Declaration.
Please be aware that the quickest way to register the birth is to do so in the Registration District in which the baby was born. If you chose to make a Declaration at one of our East Riding Registration offices, we will advise you on how to contact the registering district either by telephone or online to purchase any certificates you may require.
What happens if I cannot register the birth within 42 days?
After 6 weeks you will receive a formal letter demanding that the birth is registered. If you do not attend after receiving this formal notice you may be liable to prosecution. If you are likely to have any difficulty attending within the 42 day period please inform the registering birth district. They may be able to extend the period if there are good reasons for doing so.
Alternatively you can contact us on (01482) 393600.
What information will the registrar want at the time of registration?
For the baby:
For the mother:
For the father (if his details are to be entered in the register):
What if English is not my first language?
If English is not your first language and you would like someone to help with the registration, you should ask a friend or relative, who can translate for you, to come with you to the register office.
Please note: you must register the birth personally, so you cannot ask a friend or relative to come in instead.
What if I am in a same-sex relationship?
If you are is a same sex male or female relationship it is possible for both parents to be recorded on the birth entry. For more information see 'Same sex female' and 'Same sex male'' sections on the Government website below:
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Can my baby’s father’s details be added at a later date?
If the father’s details were not included in the original registration it is possible to re-register the birth to include these details in the future.
The Directgov website can provide you with an application form to re-register a child’s birth record:
What is the tree dedication scheme?
A form can be filled in at the time of the birth registration for babies born within the boundaries of the East Riding of Yorkshire, requesting that a tree planted within the East Riding of Yorkshire is dedicated to the child.
The tree remains the property of and will be maintained by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
A dedication certificate will be posted out to the child to notify the parents of the species and location of the tree.