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Registering a birth

Register a birth

You must register your baby before you can get a birth certificate.

Every birth must be registered within 42 days of the child being born.

Register a birth in Kensington and Chelsea

It's best to register the birth at the register office in the district where the baby was born.

If your baby was born in Chelsea and Westminster hospital or elsewhere in the borough (e.g. at home) then you can register your baby at our register office.

Hospitals within Kensington and Chelsea

Local hospitals that are not within Kensington and Chelsea

Register a birth guide


There is no fee to register a birth. 

Short certificates

A free short certificate will be issued at the appointment. Short certificates contain only the baby's details.

Full certificates

Full certificates contain the baby's details and the parents' details. These can be purchased online during the booking process for £4 each and collected at your appointment.

We recommended buying 3-5 copies as they are required for various legal processes, such as passport applications.

Purchasing a certificate after your appointment is more expensive.

Make an appointment

Please use our online booking tool to choose your appointment date and time.

Registering a baby born abroad

Last Updated 05/07/2021

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