Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:
Register Office: The Register Office is closed to members of the public until further notice.
Ceremonies: Following guidance from the government on 23 March 2020, all ceremonies are currently suspended.
The Government has recently published its COVID-19 recovery strategy, which includes examining how we might facilitate small weddings from 1 June at the earliest, and provided that appropriate conditions are met. However, please note that the Government has been clear that nothing has been decided, and ceremonies still remain suspended. We have no further details regarding exactly when ceremonies will resume and in what form. We do appreciate this period of uncertainty is challenging for couples, and as soon as more information is available it will be published on our website.
If you wish to reschedule an existing ceremony we are waiving the fee for this, and will hold fees for future bookings if you do not yet know a new date.
Birth registrations: No birth registration appointments will be made until further notice. If you already have an appointment booked we will contact you to cancel this. You will still be able to make a claim for child benefit or universal credit and we are awaiting further information on how this will work.
Death registrations: Registrations will take place over the telephone. You must not come to the Register Office. Please ensure the contact number you give us when making your appointment is correct as this is the number the registrar will phone you on to complete the registration. During the call, the registrar will explain the process for the paperwork.
Notice of marriage/civil partnership appointments: No appointments until further notice.
Citizenship Ceremonies: Following guidance from the government on 23 March 2020, all ceremonies have been cancelled until further notice.
Certificate applications: No orders are being taken for certificates and the priority service is suspended.
EUSS service: This service is not currently being offered.
Updated: 18 May 2020
How to register
If your baby was born in the city of Peterborough then the birth must be registered here within 42 days of the baby's birth, you can check if your baby was born within our registration district by referring to the Peterborough Unitary Authority area map.
To request an appointment with Peterborough register office:
Please note: No birth registration appointments will be made until further notice. If you already have an appointment booked we will contact you to cancel this. You will still be able to make a claim for child benefit or universal credit and we are awaiting further information on how this will work.
Who can register
- If, as baby's natural parents, you are married to each other then either of you can register the baby
- If, as baby's natural parents, you are not married to each other, baby's mother must attend to register the baby. If both parents wish to be named on the register, then both of you must attend together
- if father’s details are not entered in the register at the time of the registration, there is a procedure for requesting they are added at a later date if you wish
- certain rules apply when registering a baby for same-sex couples which are available on GOV.UK website
- you do not need to bring the baby to the appointment.
How it works
Your private interview with the registrar will take approximately half an hour and you will need to bring:
- paperwork from the hospital/midwife showing your baby's NHS number or baby's red book
- photo ID for baby's natural parents.
You will be asked:
- date and place of your baby's birth (also the time if you are registering twins, triplets etc.)
- forename, surname and sex of your baby
- your names and any previous names used before/since baby's birth
- your dates and places of birth
- your current/most recent occupations
- your addresses on the day you are registering and baby's mother's address on the day baby was born
- baby's mother's maiden name
- date of your marriage, if applicable
- number of previous children.
You will be given the opportunity to check that the information is correct and you will be asked to sign the register to state that you agree with the information as recorded. Once signed, the register entry becomes a legal document and therefore it is an offence to give false information.
Any mistakes noticed after you have signed the register will require a lengthy correction process which may delay the corrected certificate being issued. See the paragraph below for how to correct a registration and the fees that will be charged.
Please note: If it is not possible for you to register at Peterborough register office then you may visit any other register office in England or Wales to sign a legal declaration, however using this procedure will cause a delay in the issue of the birth certificate.
At the appointment to register the birth you will be able to buy as many birth certificates as you need. They will cost £11 each and you will be able to pay by cash or card. If you need to apply for further certificates after attending your appointment, please go to our certificates page.
If you are not a married couple and you are unable to visit the register office together, it may be possible to complete a statutory declaration of parentage. This form needs to be witnessed by a solicitor. The statutory declaration form must then be produced to the registrar at the time of the appointment. Please contact us for further information should you be in this situation.
If, as natural parents, you marry after your baby has been born, then you must have the birth re-registered so that the record shows the legal status of your child.
It is also possible to re-register if you wish to add the natural father's details, if they were not included at the initial registration and you have not married since.
Application forms are available to download online from Gov.uk website:
- Re-register a birth following marriage of natural parents
- Add the natural father, if parents have not married
You will need to complete the form at home and then call us on 01733 864646 to let us know you are ready for an appointment to re-register. One of our registrars will call you back to book a mutually acceptable date and time.
For further help please call the register office on 01733 864646.
After the birth has been registered, if you need to make any corrections please contact us. The process for correction is lengthy and may need to be authorised by the Registrar General which will add to the delay in the corrected certificate being issued. You may also be required to make a statutory declaration.
There are fees payable for the consideration of the correction and for any corrected certificates requested. The following national fees apply:
- Corrections which we are able to authorise locally: £75.00
- Corrections which we need to refer to the Registrar General: £90.00
In addition, you will also need to pay again for any certificates you require with the corrected information and, if it is required by the Registrar General, you may also need to pay for a statutory declaration.
For more information, please visit the Gov.uk website.