Hartlepool Borough Council

Hartlepool Registration Service - Births

Births - Registering

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How long do I have to register the birth?

Births must be registered within 42 days


Who can register a birth?

If baby's natural parents were married to each other at the time of the birth, then either of then can register the baby.

If you are the mother and not married to baby's natural father you can register the baby yourself, but if you wish to have the father's details shown in the birth entry then the father must attend with you. If he is unable to attend with you please contact us for further advice.


How do I register a birth?

We operate an appointment system to register births. Please contact us on 01429 523337 to make an appointment.


How much does it cost?

There is no charge to register a baby and a short birth certificate showing the baby's details only is included for free

If a full birth certificate showing the baby's and the parent's details is requested these cost £4 each at the time of registration.

If the registration is by declaration we also require £1 to cover the cost of postage


How long does the appointment take?

Appointments normally take 30 minutes. If it is a multiple birth the appointment time will be increased accordingly


What do I need to bring to the appointment?

  • The red book that is issued by the hospital
  • The hospital discharge letter (this is sometimes put inside the red book)
  • Any fees for full certificates (if requested)
  • Baby does not need to come along to the appointment but we love to see them!


My baby wasn't born in Hartlepool, can I still register there?

You are able to register a baby in any register office in England and Wales . If you are registering the baby outside of the district where they were born this is called registration by declaration.

  • Example - A baby born in North Tees is declared in Hartlepool. The appointment takes place in Hartlepool and all the information for registration is taken. The paperwork, along with any payments, is then sent to Stockton Register Office who then register the birth and send the birth certificate out in the post.

If any copy certificates are required they must be requested from the register office that registered the birth, not the office where the declaration was provided.


Can the father's details be added on later if not included at the registration?

It may be possible to add the father's details on at a later date through re-registration


Does putting the father's name on the certificate give him joint parental responsibility?

In England and Wales since December 2003 jointly registering a child with the mother gives the father joint responsibility, for further information visit www.gov.uk

Address: Civic Centre
Victoria Road
TS24 8AY

Opening Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8.30am - 5pm
Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

Tel: (01429) 523337

Email: Registrar@hartlepool.gov.uk

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Telephone: 01429 266522

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