Register a birth

On this page:

  • Timetable for registering babies born since March 2020
  • Attending your appointment
  • Documents to bring
  • Birth Certificates
  • Baby's Passport Application
  • How we have made our premises Covid-19 Secure

Congratulations on the birth of your baby!

It is the law that the birth of your baby must be registered with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the area within 42 days of the date of birth. However, due to Covid-19 registrations have been deferred since March 2020.

Since then about 150 wonderful babies were born each week in the Wakefield District but parents have been unable to attend to register the birth.  Wakefield Council is now pleased to be able to offer appointments to register births.

With the help of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals we are contacting parents of those babies born first.  There are many new parents for us to see and it will take time for us to see you all.

We will be releasing appointments and contacting parents in the stages in the table below:


Babies born Date of birth Appointments open w/c Booking
Over 80 days agoOn or before 10th April 202029th June
Book Now
Between 60-80 days ago11th April and 30th April 202024 July (TBC)Booking not yet available
Between 40 and 60 days ago1st May and 20th May 20207 August (TBC)Booking not yet available
Between 20 and 40 days ago21st May 2020 and 9th June 202021 August (TBC)Booking not yet available
Within the last 20 daysBetween now and 9th June 4 Sep (TBC)Booking not yet available


It is extremely important that our phone lines are available for those persons who need to contact us for other services so unless you are within the timescale outlined above, have not received correspondence or are having difficulties using the link we sent you please do not contact us by telephone or attend our offices without an appointment.

Attending your appointment

  1. Information to be provided by parents - Register a birth
  2. If you become symptomatic and are showing signs of Covid-19 or are isolating you must contact us to reschedule your appointment. 
  3. You must comply with the social distancing measures at the office you choose to attend.
  4. We recommend that children do not attend the appointment.  Where you are unable to secure childcare and have to bring children to the appointment you are responsible for supervising them at all times and ensuring they follow social distancing guidelines.  If you are unable to do this you will be asked to leave the appointment.
  5. If you live in separate households we are able to provide seating to enable social distancing.  You must advise us of this on arrival at your appointment.
  6. If you are married only one parent can attend the appointment.
  7. If you are unmarried and fathers details/second parent are to be entered on the registration, both parents must attend the appointment to register the birth.
  8. If you require the use of a translator, you must contact us to provide their name and contact number for use within the appointment. They must not attend the appointment with you.
  9. Payments for certificates can be made by card payment only. 
  10. You must not attend the office without a confirmed appointment
  11. Customers are invited to bring their own pen(s) to sign the paperwork.  An alternative is available should this be forgotten.
  12. We welcome customers to wear a face covering to their appointment. If you choose to wear a face covering you should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting your face covering on and after take it off and it is important that you don't touch your face covering when wearing it, where possible, to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus.

Documents to bring

It would be helpful, but not essential, if you could bring the following documents:

  1. Hospital discharge papers.
  2. Proof of parents names - including any change of name, such as current passports or birth certificates of the parents / deed poll / your marriage and /or civil partnership certificate – including any from previous relationships, if available.
  3. Proof of address. This could include driving licence, benefit statement or council tax bill.

Birth Certificates

Following registration you may purchase as many full birth certificates as you need for £11 each. A keepsake folder is also available for £1.  We are pleased to donate 15% of this fee to local charities.

Please note if this is a registration by declaration i.e. your baby was born outside of the Wakefield district, the information you give will be forwarded to the appropriate Register Office who will register your baby's birth.  Certificates can be requested from that Register Office.

Baby's Passport Application

You can apply for your child's first passport online through Her Majesty's Passport Office's fully digital service which is available here; 

 How we have made our premises Covid-19 Secure

  1.  Appointment times are staggered to promote social distancing. To avoid unnecessary queues and to prevent people from gathering in waiting areas we ask that you arrive on time for your appointment.  If you arrive early we will be unable to accommodate you in the building.  If you arrive late you will be asked to reschedule your appointment.
  2. On arrival you will be asked by reception if you are well: if you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste). If you are unwell you will be asked to leave.  You will be asked to use alcohol hand gel (at least 60% alcohol content) before your appointment
  3.  The room where your appointment will take place has been risk assessed to ensure that it is safe for both you and the member of staff taking the appointment.  Please do not move furniture and please wait for direction in respect of any information or documentation we may need to assist with the appointment. You must always maintain a social distance.
  4. Upon leaving the appointment you will be advised how to leave the building safely. 

Contact us

Wakefield Register Office

Wakefield Town Hall
Wood Street

0345 4 852 888