Registering a birth

Congratulations on your new arrival!  On this page you can find out how to register the birth of your baby during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The requirement to register the birth of your baby within 42 days has been relaxed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration is by appointment only.  

To book an appointment, let us know your name and telephone number:

Email: registrars@rutland.gov.uk 

Telephone: 01572 758380 

Where do I register the 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 full birth certificate for £11, which shows all the details held in the register entry for the child and parents.

Baby born outside of Rutland

If you live in Rutland but your baby was born elsewhere 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 then be ordered by telephone from the district where the birth took place. 

Rutland Register Office

The Register Office, South Street, Oakham, LE15 6HY

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

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 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 758 380

What do I need to bring?

To ensure the accuracy of the 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
  • A black pen
Don’t worry if any of these documents are not available as the registrar can still register the birth without them.
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