Registering a birth

Why do I need to register?

An act of Parliament called the "Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953" placed a legal duty on parents to register every new born baby born in England and Wales within 42 days of the birth.

Where do I register?

Your baby's birth must be registered in the registration district where it took place. If your baby was born in Brighton or Hove you can book a birth registration online or telephone to make an appointment on (01273) 292016 and the address you should attend for your appointment is:

Brighton & Hove Register Office

Our opening hours are 9.30am - 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday &  Friday and 10am - 5pm on Wednesday

Do you live outside Brighton and Hove?

If you live in East Sussex and you need to register the birth of a baby born in Brighton & Hove we are delighted to announce that from 1st October 2013 we will be offering a new partnership service with East Sussex Registration Service. Under the new arrangement you will be able to register your baby's birth at Lewes Registration Office. For further information and to make an appointment please telephone 01273 (475589)  or visit the website link below
Lewes Registration Office website


If it is difficult for you to come into Brighton & Hove or to attend Lewes Registration Office, you can attend any other Register Office in England and Wales to register the birth by declaration. Please call us or one of the offices listed below for further details.

Who can register?

Opposite sex couples

If the baby's mother and father were married to each other at the time of the birth, either parent may register.

If the mother and father were not married at the time of the birth, the mother may register alone, but the father's details can only be entered if they attend to register together.

If this is difficult the mother or father may make a statutory declaration using a prescribed form (please contact us for further details), or the father's details can be added by re-registering the child at a later date. Other people may register the birth in exceptional circumstances. For further information please contact us on (01273) 292016.

Same sex couples

Same sex couples can now become equal legal parents of children they conceive together or conceive through a surrogate.

Female couples who are civil partners at the time of the conception and conceive a child through artificial insemination will both automatically be treated as their child's legal parents.

Female couples who are not civil partners at the time of conception but who conceive together through a fertility clinic in the UK licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority may also be treated as legal parents.

Different options are available to gay men depending on their specific circumstances.

If the baby has been born to a same-sex couple, please telephone us for further advice and information on (01273) 292016

Further information can also be obtained by visiting this link to Stonewall website- guide to 'Parenthood for same-sex couples'

What documents do I need to bring?

 When you attend the birth registration appointment, it would be useful if you could bring the following documents with you:

  • current passport
  • proof of address (such as a council tax bill)
  • driving licence
  • if applicable your marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • if applicable your name change documents such as name deed or deed poll

What certificates will I be given?

You will be issued with a short birth certificate free of charge. Further short or full certificates are available from the registrar for a small fee.

What information will the registrar ask for?


  • date and place of birth
  • whether the baby is a boy or a girl
  • the full name and surname in which the baby is to be brought up


  • full names and surname
  • date and place of birth
  • address at the time of the birth
  • her occupation

Father or co-Parent (If his/her details are to be entered in the register)

  • full names and surname
  • date and place of birth
  • his/her occupation

What are the most popular babies names in Brighton & Hove?

Follow this link to find out what were the most popular names given to babies born in Brighton & Hove for the year 2012 

Useful contact details

Please note these links are for your information only Brighton & Hove City Council does not hold responsibility for the content on the following sites

East Sussex Registration Offices
Contact details for East Sussex Registration Service

West Sussex Registration Offices
Contact details for West Sussex Registration Service

Married or Not
A website setting out the legal facts for unmarried parents

Net Mums
Online advice and support for new parents from other parents