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

Book an appointment

When you book an appointment you can pay for certificates in advance. Certificates cost £11 each. You can pay by credit or debit card.

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

Do not pay for certificates on our booking site.

You will be registering by declaration. We'll send your details to the local register office so you can purchase certificates from them.

We'll explain this at your appointment.

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.