Register a birth

Who can register a birth

If you’re married, either the mother or father can register the birth. Both parents’ details will appear on the birth certificate.

If you’re not married and want both parents’ details on the birth certificate, you can either:

The mother can choose to register a birth without including the father’s details if you’re not married. You can add the father’s details on later by re-registering the birth.

There are slightly different rules about who can register a birth if you’re in a same-sex couple, or neither parent is able to attend an appointment.

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