How to register a birth or death

Registering a birth

Parents must register a birth within 42 days of their baby being born.

Births should be registered in the area where a baby is born. We will pass the information on to the relevant office for you.

When the natural parents are married to each other, either parent can register the birth.

If the parents are not married to each other and the father’s details are to be included on the birth certificate then both parents should visit us to register the birth. If this isn’t possible, one parent can register the birth by bringing what’s called a ‘statutory declaration’ that’s been signed by the other parent in front of a ‘notary public’, such as a solicitor. If you want to register a birth this way contact us for more advice and the declaration form.

Registering a death

When someone dies, the death must be registered within five days.

If you’re registering a death from outside the district, information will be sent to the office in the area where the person died. That district will then issue the certificates. This is called registering by declaration and you should allow more time for the burial or cremation documents to reach you.

After the death registration has been completed, you may also like to tell us about the council or government services the deceased used so we can cancel these services on your behalf.  If you wish to give us this information, you will need to bring as many of the following documents belonging to the deceased as possible with you to the appointment:

  • passport
  • driving licence
  • National Insurance Number
  • Blue Badge
  • concessionary bus pass
  • public sector pensions

If you do not have this information handy, or you do not wish to provide this information during the registration appointment, you can choose to use a dedicated telephone service at a later date.  The registrar will provide you with a unique reference number and details of who to call.

book a registrar online

 

registration service
Telephone to book an appointment at either office.

01823 282 251

somersetregistrations@somerset.gov.uk

Main office

Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ
Open 9am-12.30pm and 2-4pm, Monday to Friday

Part-time office opening hours

Castlewood, Tickenham Road, Clevedon, BS21 6FW
Open 9am-12.30pm Monday to Friday and 2pm-4pm Tuesday

Disclaimer

The information provided about births, deaths and marriage is for guidance only and is not a full expression of the law.