You must register your baby's birth within 42 days of their birth. If your baby was born in Croydon, the birth should be registered at Croydon register office or at the hospital before the mother leaves. The hospital will tell you if you can register the birth there.
If you cannot register the birth here, you can attend any register office in England or Wales, but you will not receive the birth certificate on the day of the appointment. Details of the birth will be sent to Croydon register office and we will register the child. You must provide a contact phone number so we can call you to make payment for a certificate, which will be posted to you.
Booking an appointment
You must have an appointment to register the birth. Appointments must be booked online. You cannot attend the register office without making an appointment.
Book your appointment
Your booking is not complete until you receive an email with a booking reference
At the appointment
Documents you need to bring
We need to see either:
- a copy of the discharge/notification letter given to you when the baby left the hospital, or
- your baby's Personal Child Health Record, also known as the red book
We need to see at least one form of identification for each parent at your appointment. You can use:
- birth certificate
- deed poll
- driving licence
- proof of address (for example, a utility bill)
- Council Tax bill
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
Information you should bring
You will need the following details, although you might not need to give us all of this information, depending on who is registering the birth:
- place and date of birth (and the time of each baby's birth if twins or a multiple birth)
- baby's sex, forenames and surname (you may give surname of your choice)
- parents' forenames, surnames, addresses and jobs
- mother's maiden surname (and any previous married surname)
- places and dates of parents’ births
- date of parents’ marriage or civil partnership
Check the spellings of names and any special characters or accents in the name. Your child may be refused a passport if this information is recorded incorrectly. We strongly advise you to bring your passport or national identity card with you.
Who can register the birth
Gov.uk explains in detail who can register the birth.
Corrections to birth certificates
How to pay
Certificates cost £11 each if bought at the appointment. Payment can be made by debit card, credit card or cheque (made payable to Croydon Council). We do not accept cash.
After registration you can buy additional certificate copies online, for £11 plus postage.
Buy copy certificates
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Croydon Register Office
Ground Floor Offices
Croydon Town Hall
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm (closed on the first Wednesday morning of every month for training)