Every live birth must be registered within 42 days of the child being born.
The birth must be registered at the Register Office in the district where the birth takes place. For births in Slough, you must register your child at Slough Register Office.
If you are unable to attend the Register Office in the district where the birth took place, you can make an appointment at your local Register Office and do a declaration of birth. The local Register Office will take all your details and post the declaration to the Registration District where the birth took place, so the Registration can be completed. Please note that a delay will be experienced in obtaining any birth certificates you may require as these can only be issued after the proper registration is completed.
If the mother and father of the child are not legally married to each other at the time of the birth, the father's details may be entered when the mother and father attend together to register the birth.
If the father is unable to attend, the mother is able to register the child without the father's details and then re-register the child together at a later date to add the father.
Alternatively, if the mother or father is unable to attend, he / she may make what is called a Statutory Declaration in front of a Justice of the Peace, Magistrate, Commissioner of Oaths, Practising Solicitor, Notary Public, Licensed Conveyancer, Authorised Advocate or Authorised Litigator. The mother / father will give this signed declaration to the Registrar when she / he registers the child. The form for this declaration is available from any Register Office.
Where either parent has a Court Order or a Parental Responsibility Agreement in respect of the child, the Court Order or Parental Responsibility Agreement must be handed to the Registrar, who will advise on each case as it arises.
If the birth is to be registered with two female parents, please telephone the Register Office for further advice.
No, however if you are registering at Slough Register Office, it would be helpful if you would bring proof of the parents identity such as a passport or driving licence. This will help us to ensure that the correct full names are entered in the registration and avoid any unnecessary corrections at a later date.
If English is not your first language, you may what to ask a friend or relative to go with you to register.
When you register, the Registrar will issue you with a free short birth certificate which shows only the baby’s forenames, surname, sex, date of birth and district of birth.
The Registrar is able to issue you with a full birth certificate, which include the parents details, at a cost of £4 each.
This information will be included on the full birth certificate.
You will also be asked to provide the following information which will remain confidential and will not be entered in the register entry or on any birth certificate.
Normally the child would be given the surname of the mother or the father. However this decision is up to you to make. Even if the parents are not married to each other and the father does not attend, the child can be given his surname. Once the surname has been decided, it may be changed only when:
For further information please contact contact Slough Register Office.
If the registration is less than a year old, you are able to change the spelling of, add additional forenames or remove existing forenames once. The original register will be annotated and a new birth certificate purchased. If the registration is more than a year old, you would need to contact a solicitor and organise a Deed Poll Name Change. For further information please contact Slough Register Office.
Yes - If either parent is a British Citizen or settled for immigration purposes on the date of your childs birth.
No - If neither parent was a British Citizen nor settled for immigration purposes on the date of your childs birth.
Under section 1(3) of the British Nationality Act 1981 a child is entitled to be registered as a British Citizen once either of their parents becomes settled for immigration purposes in this country, or becomes a British Citizen.
If your child was born in the UK before the 1 July 2006, or for further information you should contact the UKBA Nationality Group or phone them on 0845 010 5200.