Register a birth
Booking an appointment
We are currently experiencing significant levels of staff absence due to increased Covid cases in the area, this is reducing our appointment availability. When booking an appointment, please look at all Registration offices in your locality, as you may be able to find an earlier appointment at an alternative location.
If you are unable to travel to another location, please book the next available appointment at your preferred Registration office.
If you need to give notice of intent to marry or form a civil partnership and are unable to find an appointment, please check our website regularly or consider an alternative office to ensure you can give notice at least 29 days before your ceremony date.
We are continually reviewing our appointment availability and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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.
Harlow Library closes from Monday 23rd August to Spring 2022 for refurbishment. During this time, we will open temporary offices at North Weald and Tye Green libraries. We will offer more appointments at Epping Library.
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.