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Register a birth

Legally you need to register a birth within 42 days at the Register Office in the area where the baby was born. Find out what you need to do to register your baby's birth in Islington.

Where can you register?

You can register your birth by:

  • Booking an appointment for Islington and City of London Register Office, Islington Town Hall, Upper Street N1 2UD, Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm.

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?

The parent’s marital status affects who can register the birth. Please see the table below for guidance on 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

When you go to see the registrar, 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.

The following will be asked but are provided to the UK Statistics Authority and do not appear on certificates:

  • the number of any previous children

  • if applicable - the date of the parents' marriage.

Documents to bring with you

  • the baby’s NHS number which is on the notification of birth

It is also useful to bring with you:

  • the parents' passports

  • the parents' marriage certificate (if applicable)