What we need to register a birth

Unfortunately we’re unable to take bookings for birth registrations at the moment. We hope to resume business as normal as soon as the government gives us new guidance.

To register a birth, you need to tell us:

  • date and place of the child’s birth
  • full name, date of birth, occupation and place of birth of the parents
  • full name being given to the child

You’ll need to bring some documents with you that confirm your name, place and date of birth and your marital status, such as:

  • passport or birth certificate
  • driving licence
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • any name change documents

Types of birth certificate

From November 1 2017 we will no longer offer the free ‘short’ certificate at the point of registration.

The registrar will be able to give customers a certificate of registration if for any reason you do not wish to purchase a certificate.

The cost of a full birth certificate is £11 at the time of registration. A full certificate includes details of parents’ names, occupation and place of birth as well as the child’s details.

Please note that from November 1 2017 any correction to the registration will be subject to a non-refundable fee for consideration of the correction. We cannot guarantee that the correction will be authorised. The fee will be £75 and this will increase to £90 if the correction needs to be authorised by the General Register Office. It’s therefore very important that the document is carefully checked at the point of registration.

Babies born outside North Somerset

If your baby is born outside of North Somerset you can register the birth ‘by declaration’ at any Register Office in England or Wales. If you register by declaration you won’t receive birth certificates immediately – they will be sent to you once the registration has been competed in the district of birth. This usually takes about a week.

registration service
At the moment, we are only taking appointments to register a death.

Birth, notice of marriage and civil partnership appointments are currently unavailable.

If you need to register a death please call or email us.

01823 282 251

somersetregistrations@somerset.gov.uk