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Register a birth

Birth registration is now open by pre-booked appointment only and these will prioritised by date of birth. We are currently booking appointments for babies born before 1 May 2020, and we will update this page when we are able to register later born babies.

Where can you register?

Birth registration is currently a two-step process:

1. Book a telephone appointment where a registrar will take parent and birth details

2. During stage one the registrar will book your slot for an in person appointment to complete the registration at Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD. Please note: this is not the Register Office at Islington Town Hall; this is the concert venue next door.

Please do not attend Islington Assembly Hall without having completed stage one.

Book a telephone 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.

Unfortunately we can’t register your baby’s birth if they were born outside of Islington or the City of London, even if you are a resident.

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 call 020 7527 6350 to discuss this before you book an appointment.

What the registrar will ask you

During the telephone 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 during the telephone call and in-person appointment
• 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 you will be able to buy these before or after your appointment.