21 September 2020 Children and learning

Babies of 2020

We’re looking for babies born in the city during the lockdown who have not yet been legally registered. Are you a parent of a child who has not been issued with a birth certificate?  

All birth registrations were stopped by the government on 24 March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 850 babies were born in Brighton & Hove during lockdown. Register offices were only allowed to start registering births again in mid-June. 

Quick and easy to register

Now, two months after birth registrations began again, there are still more than 150 lockdown babies who have not been registered locally. 

It is a legal requirement to register a birth and many parents treasure their official birth certificate issued by the registrar team. Birth certificates are used throughout life and are often needed for identity, education and travel.

It’s quick and easy to register a birth at Brighton & Hove Register Office. You can make an appointment with the register office online or by phone on 01273 292016. 

Congratulations

Cllr David Gibson, lead councillor for Life Events, said: “Congratulations to all new families in the city. The government restrictions prevented so many of the celebrations we usually enjoy when a baby is born and the pressure on new parents to manage alone during the lockdown was huge. We totally understand how birth registration has been overlooked at this time. We welcome you now to get in touch with our registration team and register your baby as soon as possible.”

Information on registering a baby

  • Babies must be registered at the register office local to where they were born (if your child was born outside Brighton & Hove you will need to look up the nearest register office to their birth place)
  • Babies must be registered within 42 days of birth (this wasn’t possible during lockdown and we are now trying to find all those who were born when birth registration wasn’t taking place)
  • Registration is a quick process. The parent(s) provide their details and the baby’s information. You will need to bring ID with you (details of this are on the council website)
  • The registrar produces an official record for the parent(s) to check and sign so a birth certificate can be issued
  • There is no charge for the appointment of the official a registration. There is a charge of £11 per birth certificate (this is a statutory charge and the fee is set by the General Register Office)
  • The register office has measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and staff can talk with you in advance about any concerns you may have around visiting Brighton Town Hall
  • To limit the number of people coming into offices:
  • Only one parent should attend the appointment for married and civil partner couples
  • For parents who are not married or in a civil partnership with the baby’s father or second parent, you must both attend together for all parents’ details be included on the registration
  • The baby and any other siblings do not need to be present