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Register a birth

Birth registration is now open by pre-booked appointment only.

Where can you register?

Your appointment will take place at:
Islington Town Hall,
Upper Street,
N1 2UD.

Please do not attend Islington Town Hall without an appointment as we will be unable to see you.

Book a birth appointment 

We can register home or hospital births in the borough of Islington as well as the City of London, this refers to the area in London known as the Square Mile and not London as an entire city, please view a map to check.

Who can register?

Marital status

Who can register

If parents are married or in a civil partnership at the time of birth or conception

Either parent can register the birth on their own

If parents are not married at the time of birth or conception

Both parents must attend and sign the birth register together if both parents wish to be listed on the birth certificate. The mother can register without the father but the father's details will not be included on the birth certificate. It is possible to add his details at a later date by re-registering the birth.

If one parent cannot attend the register office but they wish to be included on the birth certificate, that parent will need to complete the statutory declaration form. This must be attested by a legal professional (e.g. solicitor). Where there is a parental responsibility agreement in force or either parent has an appropriate court order, this can be presented when registering.


If neither parent can attend, or you have a parenthood agreement document please email registrars@islington.gov.uk to discuss this before you book an appointment.

What the registrar will ask you

During the appointment, the registrar will ask you about the following to include on the register and birth certificate:

  • the baby's forename(s), surname and sex

  • date of birth and where the baby was born

  • if the birth is multiple, e.g. twins, then the time of each baby's birth is also needed

  • the baby's parents' forenames, surnames and places of birth

  • the mother's address

  • the baby's parents' occupations

  • the baby's mother's maiden surname

It is very important that the information is recorded correctly on the birth certificate. You will be asked to check the birth entry before signing, but please be aware that any errors in the information given will cost up to £90.00 to amend after you have signed to say the details are correct.
You can find out more information by going to our birth corrections page.

Documents to have with you:

  • official paperwork with the baby’s NHS number on such as the notification of birth or red book
    It is also useful to bring with you:

  • the parents' passports

  • the parents' marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)

Each copy of the birth certificate will cost £11.00, and can be applied for online when booking the appointment, or at the office when you attend the appointment. Please note that payments can only be made by using a physical credit or debit card, and not by contactless payment or Apple Pay etc. We are also unable to accept American Express, bank transfer, cash or cheques.