How to register a birth

We can now offer appointments to register babies born prior to 31 March 2020. 

You can book appointments in Weston-super-Mare for births in North Somerset.

Due to the large backlog of babies needing to be registered, we respectfully request that you do not book an appointment if your baby was born after 1 April 2020.

We anticipate that we will be able to offer appointments for April and May births in the next two weeks.

You can use our online system for booking an appointment:

If you have an urgent need to register your baby (for example, passport requirement for booked travel) please call 01823 282 251.

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.