Register a birth

Book an appointment to register a birth in Essex. Includes what you need to bring and where to go.

Booking an appointment

A birth must be registered within 42 days from the date of birth

Book an appointment to register a birth

Babies born in Southend, Romford and Leytonstone

If your baby was born in:

  • Southend Hospital
  • Queen’s Hospital, Romford
  • Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone

You will be registering by declaration. This will mean that you will not be able to receive your certificate on the day you register the birth. You may find it quicker to register in the local authority where you live.

If you should choose to register by declaration with us, we will send your details to your local register office so you can purchase certificates from them. Do not pay for certificates on our booking site as we will not be able to supply them.

Information about claiming child benefit

You can claim child benefit as soon as you’ve registered the birth of your child. Find out how to claim child benefit on GOV.UK.