Register a birth
Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and guidance
The requirement to register a birth within 42 days has been removed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You cannot book an appointment to register a birth.
Birth registrations will resume once social distancing rules have been relaxed.
Please read the information below for details of the process once normal service resumes.
Congratulations on your new arrival!
Your baby's birth must be registered within 42 days (6 weeks) from when they were born.
Registration is by appointment.
Please note: The Register Office operates different opening times for Births & Deaths (with the Registrar) and Marriages (with the Superintendent Registrar).
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 of your baby you can buy a short birth certificate for £11. 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 £11 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours for Rutland register office - Births
1pm until 4pm
9am until 12pm
9am until 12pm - 1pm until 4pm
1pm until 4pm
Who can register a birth?
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.
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 can’t 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.