You do not need to bring your baby to your registration appointment. Due to limited accessibility, if you want to bring your baby you will need to use the entrance through the Clock Tower Library.
The entrance is at 9 Katharine St, Croydon, CR0 1NX. Please use the lift to get to the first floor, and follow the signage to the registry office.
You must bring either of the following:
- a copy of the discharge or notification letter given to you when the baby left the hospital
- your baby's Personal Child Health Record (also known as the red book) on the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health website
It would also be very helpful if you could bring:
- the name you want to give your baby, written clearly in English
- someone who can speak and read both English and your language fluently, if you cannot speak or understand English
You must also bring at least one form of identification for each parent at your appointment. Acceptable forms of identification are:
- birth certificate
- deed poll
- driving license
- proof of address
- Council Tax bill
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
If you are not the baby's parent, you must also bring one form of your identification.
Parent and baby details
When registering the birth, you should be able to tell us:
- place and date of the birth
- times of birth if you are registering twins or multiple births
- baby's first and last names
- baby's sex
We also need to know the following about the parents:
- first and last name
- place and date of birth
- date of marriage or civil partnership, if they had one
- mother’s previous last name, if any
You might not need to give us all of this information, depending on who is registering the birth. Read GOV.UK's guidance on who can register the birth.
If you are going to the Register Office alone
Before you give their details of the other parent, you may need a declaration from them by completing the statutory declaration form on GOV.UK.
If the father's details are to be included on the birth certificate
The father of the child must be at the registration appointment – if the parents are not married.