Register a birth

You must register your baby before you can get a birth certificate.

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

Register a birth in Westminster

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, the Queen's Park Children's Centre or the Bessborough Family Hub

Hospitals within the City of Westminster

  • St Mary’s Hospital
  • The Portland Hospital

Local hospitals that are not within the City of Westminster


There is no fee to register a birth.

Birth certificates

Full certificates contain the baby's details and the parents' details. From 16th February 2019, birth certificates will cost £11 each. These can be purchased online during the booking process, and you can collect them at the end of the appointment. You can also purchase certificates during the appointment (payable by card).

We recommended buying 3-5 copies as they are required for various legal processes, such as passport applications.

Purchasing a certificate after your appointment

Make an appointment

Book online

More information

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​

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Last updated: 18 March 2019