How to register a birth

You can book appointments in Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon to register births in North Somerset.

To book an appointment, please use the online system on the Somerset County Council website. 

Registration guidelines

  1. Parents must register a birth within 42 days of their baby being born.
  2. Births should be registered in the area where a baby is born. We will pass the information on to the relevant office for you.
  3. Babies born in the Bristol registration district can be registered at the Weston and Clevedon offices, due to a reciprocal agreement we have with the Bristol Register Office. This means you will receive your certificates on the day of registration, and payment will be taken at that time. 
  4. When the natural parents are married to each other, either parent can register the birth.
  5. 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.
  6. If the above 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.

What you need to register

To register a birth, you need to tell us:

  • the 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, date of birth, and marital status, such as:

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

Types of birth certificates

‘Short’ birth certificates are no longer free at the point of registration.

The registrar will be able to give you 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.

Any correction requested to the registration will be subject to a non-refundable fee of £75 for consideration of the correction. In some circumstances, this will increase to £90 if the correction needs to be authorised by the General Register Officer. We cannot guarantee the correction will be authorised.  

It is therefore very important that all documents are 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 a birth certificate immediately – they will be sent to you once the registration has been competed in the district of birth. This usually takes about a week.

You can book a registrar appointment by using our online booking system. Please note you will be redirected to Somerset County Council’s website to book.

Disclaimer

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