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.