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.
We can only offer appointments to register a birth at Wakefield or Pontefract Town Hall. Please ensure you choose one of the options when making your appointment.
Book an appointment
What documents do I need to produce?
The discharge letter issued to you by the hospital.
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.
We are pleased to
offer naming ceremonies which are a unique and personal way of welcoming a child into the family.
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. There is a £40 fee for this. 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 if 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 you have given incorrect information then a correction fee will apply to update the registration. If the registration can be corrected at the Register Office the fee will be £75; if the correction has to be referred to the General Register Office the fee will be £90.
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.
Applying for your child’s first passport
You can apply for your child’s first passport through Her Majesty’s Passport Office’s fully digital service which is now available
on the gov.uk website.