Register a birth

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:

Peterborough Unitary Authority area map

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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. It is an offence to give false information.

If you do not speak or understand English well, please bring someone who can help you with the language. An unmarried couple cannot interpret for each other.

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.

Special circumstances

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.


For births registered in Peterborough, you may order a copy of a birth certificate from the Peterborough register office. See information on how to order copy certificates.


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 website:

You will need to bring the completed form and the marriage/birth certificates to our register office before you can make an appointment with us. 

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 visit for information on correcting a birth registration.