How 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.

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.

From Monday 5 August 2019, babies born in the Bristol registration district can be registered at the Weston and Clevedon offices, due to a reciprocal agreement we have with Bristol Register Office. This means you will receive your certificates on the day of registration, and payment will be taken at the time of registration.

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.

 

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

Disclaimer

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