If the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth either the mother or the father can register the baby. If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth the father's details can only be entered in the register in the following circumstances:
Your baby’s birth must be registered in the registration district in which it occurred within 42 days. If your baby was born within East Riding of Yorkshire we will register the birth and issue the birth certificate immediately. You can make an appointment at any one of our offices. Find your nearest registration office.
There is no cost to register a birth. There is a charge of £4.00 per certificate if you require a short birth certificate showing just the child's details or a full birth certificate which will include parent’s details. Many parents purchase a full copy certificate which includes parent's details at the time of registration as this version will be needed when applying for a passport or to open a bank account for the child. Copies requested at any time after the birth registration has been completed will cost more.
The registration will take between 15 to 30 minutes. The registrar will record details onto the computer and print the birth register page or declaration form when the birth has occurred in another district, based on information given by (a) legally qualified informant(s). Where a declaration is made, the register entry must accord precisely with the declaration.
It is very important that the information is accurate as the register is an historical legal record. If any corrections are required, there is a formal procedure to follow which is time-consuming and currently costs up to £100. The onus is on the informant to provide evidence so the correction can be made.
To avoid this informants are asked
to BRING documents to the appointment which confirm important details
to CHECK the draft very carefully before signing the register/declaration
to TELL the registrar before signing the register/declaration if something is incorrect
If you discover an error after the register/declaration has been signed, you should refer to www.gov.uk/correct-birth-registration for information as to how to correct it and for confirmation of the fee which will apply.
If the registration is by declaration the registrar will send the details on to the office in the district where the birth took place and the birth certificate will be sent to you through the post.
If your baby was born outside East Riding of Yorkshire we cannot register the birth but, we can record the details and forward those onto the appropriate register office and then any birth certificates you have requested will then be sent to you by post. This is called a registration by declaration. You can make an appointment at any one of our offices in either case.
Find your nearest registration office.
After six weeks you will get a formal letter demanding that the birth is registered. If you do not attend after receiving this formal notice you are liable to prosecution. If you are likely to have any difficulty attending within the 42 day period please let us know. We may be able to extend the period if there are good reasons for doing so.
Alternatively you can contact us on (01482) 393600.
You are welcome to bring the baby with you but, it is not necessary.
For the baby:
For the mother:
For the father (if his details are to be entered in the register):
If English is not your first language and you would like someone to help with the registration, you should ask a friend or relative to come with you to the register office. But, please remember you must register the birth personally, you cannot ask a friend or relative to come in instead.
If you were in a same-sex relationship with a female partner at the time the baby was conceived your partner’s details may be entered into the register as ‘Parent’ of the child.
If the father’s details were not included in the original registration it is possible to re-register the birth to include these details in the future.
The Directgov website can provide you with an application form to re-register a child birth record.
Directgov - changing a birth record (external website)
When you have a new baby, there are lots of things that need to be done. One of these is contacting the government departments and local council services that need to be told about the birth. Until now, you had to contact all of them individually.
East Riding Registration Services is offering a free service when you register the birth which we hope will make things easier for you. This service means that you can just “Tell Us Once” and we will do the rest on your behalf. Please remember to bring the completed child benefit form and accompanying envelope in order that we may be able to post this for you.
A form can be filled in at the time of the birth registration of babies born in East Riding of Yorkshire requesting that a tree planted within East Riding of Yorkshire is dedicated to the child. The tree remains the property of and will be maintained by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. A dedication certificate will be posted out to the child notify parents of type and location of the tree.
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