Information about registering a new birth.
Yes - legally, any baby born in England or Wales must be registered within 42 days of the birth.
If the baby is born in County Durham, you can register with any of our registration offices.
If the baby is born outside of County Durham, we can take the details of the birth (a declaration), but have to pass your information on to the place where the baby was born. They will then post a certificate to you - we can't directly issue you with a certificate. If the baby was born outside of England or Wales, see Gov.uk: births abroad.
If the mother and father are not married to each other at the time of the baby's birth, the father's details can only be entered in the register if both parents attend to register the birth.
You can choose to add the father's name later.
You will be asked questions about baby and also to confirm your own information.
You will need to bring some form of ID to help confirm your details (eg passport, driving licence, birth certificate, marriage certificate, council tax bill, change of name deed).
Registering the birth is free, and you will be given a copy of the short birth certificate at this time. A full birth certificate showing parents' details is also available for a fee. If you want extra copies, you can buy extra certificate copies from us.