Register a birth

Congratulations on the birth of your baby

The Registration Service would like to be of assistance at this time by ensuring that the registration of your baby's birth goes smoothly and efficiently. All the information you require is provided in our guide - Registering the birth of your baby.

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What documents do I need to produce?

If available the "Red Book" or hospital discharge papers.

It can be helpful to bring the following documents:

  • Current passports or birth certificates of the parents
  • Deed Poll - if applicable
  • Driving licence, benefit statement or council tax bill
  • Your Marriage and /or Civil Partnership Certificates - including any from previous relationships which are available

Please note that there is no legal requirement to produce these documents but if you do, they will help to ensure that your baby's birth is registered correctly.

Naming Ceremonies

We are pleased to offer naming ceremonies which are a unique and personal way of welcoming a child into the family.

Birth re-registration

Adding fathers details

If you wish to add the natural father's details to a new record of your child's birth you will need to complete a form GRO 185.

Re-registration following natural parents marriage

If you wish to make a new record of your child's birth showing your child to be a child of your marriage you will need to complete a re-registration form (LA1 form). Please contact us for further information or to make an appointment.

Re-registration following civil partnership

If you have entered into a civil partnership and your partners details were recorded on  your child's original birth entry the General Register Office can provide you with the necessary forms to re-register.  Please contact us for further information.

Changing your baby or child's name

There are some circumstances where you may be able to change your child's forename(s) in their birth entry. Any change of name(s) is subject to compliance with legislation. Please contact us for further information.

Correcting a Birth Entry

Once a birth register entry has been signed by the registrar and the person registering the birth, the legal record of the event is complete.

It is important to ensure that all the information entered into the birth register is correct. Sometimes an error can occur.

A correction may only be made when the original information has been recorded incorrectly. A correction cannot be used to show new information if your circumstances have changed since the birth was registered.

If there is an error on your child's birth certificate please contact us to discuss this further.

If your circumstances have changed further information is provided in the above section relating to re-registration.

Registering a Still Birth

We are here to help you through the legal requirements of registering your baby's details as smoothly as possible.  All the information you require is provided in our Registering a stillbirth document.  

Contact us

Wakefield Register Office

Wakefield Town Hall
Wood Street
Wakefield
WF1 2HQ

01924 302 185