Birth registration

If your baby was born in Hull you can register the birth at the Hull Register Office in The Wilson Centre. 

You must book an appointment to register the birth, please telephone 01482 300 300 to make an appointment. The appointment takes around 20 minutes.

If English is not your first language and you would like someone to help with the registration, you can ask a friend or relative to come with you to the appointment. If this is not possible and you need an interpreter to help you register please tell us when you book the appointment.

By law a birth must be registered within 42 days. If you are concerned that you may not be able to register within the 42 day period please contact our office, you can do this by telephoning 01482 300 300 or email register.office@hullcc.gov.uk

If you cannot get to the Hull Register Office to register you can choose to attend a different Register Office in England or Wales to make a declaration. This declaration is sent to the Hull office for the birth to be registered. When attending an alternative office the birth certificate cannot be issued immediately. It is important to contact the Hull Office when making the declaration if you require a copy of the birth certificate. 

If your baby was not born in Hull you can still attend Hull Register Office. We cannot register the birth but we can record details and forward them on to the appropriate Register Office for you.

Registering a birth

You are welcome to bring baby with you to the appointment but this is not necessary.

Opposite sex couples

If parents were married to each other at the time of the birth either the mother or father can register the birth. 

If parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth the mother can register on her own or the mother and father can attend together. 

However, if parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth we can only record father’s details on the birth certificate if he is present for the registration.

If fathers details are not included on the original registration it is possible to re register the birth in the future. 

Visit the GOV.UK website to find out more about adding the fathers name to a birth certificate

Same sex female couples

If the parents are married to each other or in a civil partnership, either the baby’s mother or second parent can register if the mother -

  • had a child by donor insemination or fertility treatment
  • was married or in a civil partnership at the time of that treatment

If the parents are not married or in a civil partnership with each other the mother can register on her own or the mother and second parent can attend together. 

However, if parents are not married to each other at the time of the birth we can only record the second parents details on the birth certificate if she is present at the appointment and

  • Birth mother received treatment in the UK by a licensed clinic
  • Have made a ‘parenthood agreement’

Same sex male couples

Male couples must get a parental order from the court before they can be registered as parents. This is not a process that involves the Register Office.

Information needed to register a birth

Please make sure all the information you give when registering is correct. We recommend that you bring at least one form of identification with you when you come to register such as your -

  • passport
  • driving licence
  • council tax or utility bill
  • birth or marriage certificate

This is not essential but can help ensure accuracy of the registration.

Baby information

You need to provide -

  • the date and place of baby’s birth (time of birth if there is more than one baby)
  • whether the baby is a boy or girl
  • baby’s name(s) and surname (please be clear on spellings)

Mother's information

You need to provide -

  • first name(s) and surname, maiden name if the mother has been married
  • any other names you are using now or have used in the past
  • date and place of birth
  • address at time of birth
  • occupation at time of birth, or any time before
  • if married to baby’s father the date of marriage
  • the number of children previously given birth to

Father's information (if his details are to be entered in the register)

If the father's details are to be entered in the register please provide -

  • first name(s) and surname
  • any other names you are using now or have used in the past
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation at time of birth, or any time before

The registrar enters the details you provide on to the computer and prints the register page. You are asked to check the information carefully before you sign the page. The register page that you are sign is a legal document and when signing it you are agreeing it to be an accurate record. It is very important to check your registration thoroughly before you sign it. A fee of up to £90 is applied to corrections or changes that are requested after registration.

Visit the GOV.UK website to find more information on how to correct a birth registration

Birth certificates

There is no cost to register a birth, however there is a charge for both a full and short birth certificate. 

The fee for a certificate at the time of registration is £4. If you have made a declaration you need to contact Hull Register Office the same day if you wish to request a certificate for £4.

Certificates requested after the registration cost more and need to be ordered using our copy certificate service.

Find out more about ordering a copy certificate

We advise if requesting a certificate a full copy of the birth certificate is purchased and a not the short version. The full version will include parents’ details at the time of registration and it is this type of certificate that is needed when applying for a passport or to open a bank account for the child. 

Tell Us Once

When you contact us to make an appointment to register a birth, we ask you if you would like to use the Tell Us Once service.

The Tell Us Once service enables us to tell other services and government departments that you have had a baby. If you bring a completed child benefit form to the appointment we can send this for you. This does not mean that you get your benefit any quicker but it does mean you don't have to send a birth certificate with your application.

If this is your first child you cannot claim child tax credit through Tell Us Once, you need to make a claim to receive this benefit.

Visit the GOV.UK website to find out more about child tax credit

 

The Wilson Centre
Alfred Gelder Street
Hull
HU1 2AG

Telephone - 01482 300 300

Opening hours
Monday 9am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 10.30am - 4.30pm
Thursday 9am - 4.30pm
Friday 9am - 4.30pm
Saturday 10am - 1pm
Sunday closed