A baby Part of a birth certificate

Book an appointment

A birth must be registered within 42 days (6 weeks) to obtain a birth certificate for your baby.

A birth registration appointment lasts about 20 minutes. If more than one baby is being registered, or an interpreter is assisting, it may take up to 40 minutes.

Although you must attend in person, you do not need to bring the baby with you.

If the birth you wish to register occurred at one of the following locations an appointment should be booked at Southampton Register Office:

  • Princess Anne Hospital
  • A home birth at an address within the Southampton City Council boundary. This is essentially postcode areas SO14-SO19 however, there are some exceptions, so please check with the local authority of the area where you should register the birth 

Book an appointment to register a birth

If your baby was born at the Princess Anne Hospital, but you don't live in the city, you can register the birth at offices in the Hampshire registration district.

Hampshire offices will also be able to issue your certificates at the time of registration.

If you live further afield, you can make a declaration of the facts at any Register Office in England or Wales. The birth certificates will be sent from the Southampton Register Office in due course.

What documents will you need to take to the registration?

Please bring your red baby book with you and proof of current and past names and current address for the Mother and the Father or 2nd female parent. It is advisable to bring:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Deed poll
  • Driving licence
  • Proof of address
  • Marriage or civil partnership certificate

What the registrar will need to know

Details the registrar will need are:

  • Place and date of the birth
  • Name, any middle names, surname and sex of the baby
  • Parent/s full names, surnames, previous surnames and address
  • Places and dates of parent/s birth
  • Date of parent/s marriage or civil partnership (if applicable)
  • Parent/s jobs
  • Mother's maiden surname and any previous married surnames

Not all of this information may be required, depending on who is registering the birth.

Documents that are issued

It does not cost anything to register a baby’s birth. At the registration you will be given a short birth certificate, which is free of charge; this certificate is suitable for your Child Benefit application.

A full birth certificate contains all the information that appears in the register entry and is the certificate you will require to obtain a passport or open a bank account for your child.

These certificates are available to purchase at the time of registration at a cost of £4.00 each. We recommend you purchase at least 2 full certificates at the time of registration. You can order a certificate any time after the registration but it will cost more.

Further information

Other services of interest

Southampton Registration services also perform a Naming ceremony.

Southampton has many Sure Start Children’s Centres across the City offering support for all families with children under 5.

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