Last updated:
27 October 2017

Register a birth

Book an appointment to register a birth in West Sussex, which must be done within 6 weeks.

1 Who can register a birth

Opposite sex couples

For opposite sex couples:

  • married to each other at the time of the birth, either parent may register
  • not married to each other at the time of the birth, the mother may register alone. The father's details can only be included if they are both present at the appointment.

Same-sex female couples

For same-sex female couples:

  • who are married or civil partners, either parent may register
  • who are not married or civil partners at the time of conception, and meet the requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, the mother may register alone. The second female’s details can only be included if they are both present at the appointment.

If the baby has been born to a same-sex male couple, please phone us for information and advice: 01243 642122.

2 Book an appointment

Your baby's birth must be registered within 42 days (6 weeks) from when they were born. Find out on GOV.UK who can register a birth.

Please note that the online booking system cannot be used on a mobile or tablet.

Book your appointment online (external link)

Alternatively you can phone: 01243 642122

3 Where to register a birth

If your baby was born in West Sussex, you can register at any of our registration offices.

If your baby was born outside West Sussex, you may register 'by giving a declaration of the birth' at any of our registration offices.

We have an arrangement with Surrey Registration Service to offer registrations of babies born at East Surrey Hospital, Redhill at our registration offices in Crawley, Horsham and Haywards Heath.

Book your appointment online (external link)

4 What you need when registering a birth

When registering the birth, you should know the:

  • place and date of the birth
  • name, surname and sex of the baby
  • parent/s names, surnames and address
  • places and dates of parent/s birth
  • date of parent/s marriage or civil partnership (if applicable)
  • parent/s jobs
  • mother’s maiden surname.

You may not need to give all of this information, depending on who is registering the birth.

You should bring at least one form of identification with you when you go to the register office. You can bring:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • deed poll
  • driving licence
  • proof of address (utility bill dated no more than 3 months before the appointment)
  • Council Tax bill
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate.

During the appointment we will also issue your baby with a free West Sussex library card, giving you access to the many services for children and families in your local library.

For more information visit GOV.UK.

Book your appointment online (external link)

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