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.
On this page you will find 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.
All birth registrations must take place with a face-to-face appointment. To register a birth please call 023 9282 9041 to arrange an appointment.
You will be handed your baby’s legal register page to check and sign. It’s important that you check through the details very carefully before you sign the register page and ask any questions whilst you are with your registrar.
Any details can be changed up to the point of signing the register page. After that, it can take a lot of time and cost 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. Instead, call the Register Office to rearrange your appointment.