Register a birth

Every birth must be registered within 42 days of the child being born.

You'll need to register your baby before you can get a birth certificate.

How to register a birth

Read the GOV.UK complete guide to registering a birth to find out:

  • who can register a birth
  • where to register a birth
  • what you’ll need to take to your appointment

Make an appointment to register a birth in Westminster

It is best to register the birth at the register office in the district where the baby was born.

If your baby was born in Westminster you can register the birth at the Westminster Registration Office, 317 Harrow Road, London W9 3RJ.

Please call 020 7641 7500 to make an appointment.

How much does it cost?

There is no fee to register a birth and a free short certificate will be issued at the appointment.

Birth certificates

There are two types of birth certificate:

  • the short version, which contains only the baby’s details
  • the full version, which also contains the parents’ details

A full certificate is required for a passport application.

You can buy copies of birth certificates for births that occurred in Westminster.