Parents have 42 days (six weeks) in which to register their newborn baby’s birth. They are obliged by law to register the baby in the place it was born.
Below is information about registering a baby born in Portsmouth.
There is more information about birth registration on Gov.uk, and about applying for child benefit.
The process is slightly different to register a stillborn baby.
For more information on any of the above questions, email the Portsmouth register office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 9282 9041.
Apply to register a birth.
After receiving your completed form we will telephone you to arrange an appointment time. We will be contacting parents according to the date that your baby was born.
Your appointment will be at Portsmouth Register Office. Please wear a face covering during your appointment in our office.
The registrar will ask you the same questions as on your application form and then you will be handed your baby’s legal register page to check and sign. It is extremely important that you check through the details very carefully and thoroughly before you sign the register page and ask any questions whilst you are with your registrar. Any details can be amended up to the point of signing the register page but after that it can be very timely and costly (up to £90) to apply for any corrections.
Following the registration, birth certificates must be ordered online. The certificates will then be posted out to you.
We only require the parent/s of the child to attend and if you are a married couple or in a legal civil partnership only one of you needs to attend. You do not need to bring your baby and you must not bring other family members with you.
If you or any member of your household is self-isolating or has any recent symptoms of Covid-19 please do not attend and call the Register Office to rearrange your appointment.
Please bear in mind that the process in which we will be registering your baby is quite different to how we used to do things before the pandemic and social distancing regulations. This is also a very new way of doing things for the registrars. This new procedure and the changes we have made to our working practices are for the safety of the team here and for you and your family.