You must register your baby before you can get a birth certificate.
It's best to register the birth at the register office in the district where the baby was born.
If your baby was born in a Westminster hospital or elsewhere in the City of Westminster (e.g. at home) then you can register your baby at our register office.
There is no fee to register a birth.
A free short certificate will be issued at the appointment. Short certificates contain only the baby's details.
Full certificates contain the baby's details and the parents' details. These can be purchased online during the booking process for £4 each and collected at your appointment.
We recommended buying 3-5 copies as they are required for various legal processes, such as passport applications.
Purchasing a certificate after your appointment is more expensive.
Read the GOV.UK complete guide to registering a birth to find out: