Register a birth

Register a birth

Congratulations on your new arrival

Your baby's birth must be registered within 42 days (6 weeks) from when they were born.

Where can I register a birth?

Your baby’s birth should be registered in the district where they were born.  

Baby Born in Rutland

If your baby was born in Rutland, you can register the birth at Rutland Register Office. Registration is by appointment, which can be made by calling the Register Office on 01572 758 380

Once you have registered the birth, your baby will be given a free short certificate. A short certificate gives the name of the child, their sex and their date of birth (this can be used for benefits claims). 

You can also buy a full birth certificate at the time of registration for £4 which shows all the details held in the register entry for the child and parents (this can be used to apply for a passport or to open a bank account).

Baby born outside of Rutland

If your baby was born outside of Rutland it is possible to Register the Birth by Declaration at Rutland Register Office.  The Registrar will fill out the declaration form and send it to the district where the birth occurred. Your baby will be registered in the district in which it was born.

Birth certificates can be ordered and paid for (by Cheque or Postal Order) at the declaration appointment; however, they will be posted to you from the registration officer in the district where the birth took place. 

Rutland Register Office

The Register Office, Rutland County Council, Catmose Street, Oakham, LE15 6HY

Please note: The Register Office is located across the road from the main council building

Call us on: 01572 758 380 or email: registrars@rutland.gov.uk

Opening hours for Rutland register office - Births
DayTime
Monday1pm until 4pm
Tuesday9am until 12pm
WednesdayClosed
Thursday9am until 12pm - 1pm until 4pm
Friday1pm until 4pm

Who can register a birth?

Married parents

If you and your partner were married at the time of conception or when the baby was born only one parent needs to attend the appointment.

Unmarried parents

If you aren’t married to each other you must both attend the appointment if you would like the father's details to be included.

If one of you cant attend you can complete a statutory declaration of parentage form which the other takes to register the birth.  This must be witnessed by a solicitor or person legally able to witness an oath.

For further advice phone us on 01572 785 380

What do I need to bring?

To help ensure the accuracy of information recorded, it would be helpful if you could bring to the appointment:

  • Baby’s Red Book (if you have it)
  • Proof of address
  • Passport, driving licence or birth certificate showing the correct spelling of your name(s) as spelling errors can be complicated to put right later

Don’t worry if any of these documents are not available as the registrar can still register the birth without them.

To pay for the full birth certificate you will need a cheque or postal order (for Registrations by Declaration).  Cash can only be accepted for babies born in Rutland.