Registration of Births

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: When registering the birth of our baby do we both have to attend if we are married to each other?

Answer: No, if the parents are married to each other then only one parent needs to register the birth.

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Question: Do I have to give my baby the father's surname?

Answer: Baby can be registered with your surname,the father's surname or a combination of the two names.

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Question: Can I change the name on my baby's birth certificate?

Answer: First names can be changed within one year of the registration of the birth by baptism or certificate of naming (please ask the Register Office for further information). Surnames can be changed if the baby's birth is re-registered after the baby's parents marry or to add the father's name to the registration.

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Question: How long after the birth does the registration need to take place?

Answer: A childs birth should be registered within 42 days

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Question: What happens if I can't register the birth of my child within the time period?

Answer: You will recieve a requisition letter requesting you to register your baby. If you still fail to do so you may be liable for prosecution.

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Question: How do I have my father's details added to my birth certificate?

Answer: If you are over 16 years of age please call 0151 471 4806 for advice.

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Question: I am not married to my baby's father, how do I include his name on the birth registration?

Answer: If the parents are not married to one another and they both wish the father's details to appear on the registration and certificate, they must both attend at the Register Office to register the birth of their baby. (If this is not possible please contact the Register Office for further information.) The addition of the father's name on the registration and birth certificate gives the parents joint parental responsibility for the baby.

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Question: How much is a copy birth certificate?

Answer: If you are applying for a copy birth certificate the cost is £10.00 each.
Applicants should be encouraged to request a full copy certificate as this is the one they will need for most things such as applying for a passport, making a job application or opening a bank account.

Short birth certificates show only name, sex and place of birth. One short certificate is issued free on the day the birth is registered and this is mainly used to claim child benefit. The cost of short and full certificates is now the same.

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Question: What do I need to bring when I re-register my baby's birth after my marriage to baby's father?

Answer: You must bring in the relevant form (obtainable from the Register Office) completed, signed, and dated by both parents, plus your marriage certificate and baby's birth certificate. You will also need to bring sufficient funds to purchase any replacement certificates you may need. The cost of each cerificate is £4.00 on the day of re-registration and £10.00 after the day of registration.

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Question: What do I need to bring with me when I re-register my baby's birth to add father's details, but we are not married?

Answer: Both parents must sign and date the relevant form, (obtainable from the Register Office) and both parents must attend the Register Office together. You must also bring the childs birth certificate with them. You will also need to bring sufficient funds to purchase any replacement certificates you may need. The cost of each cerificate is £4.00 on the day of re-registration and £10.00 after the day of registration.

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Question: I need to order a copy certificate but the registration did not take place on the island. Where can I obtain a copy certificate?

Answer: You will need to get in contact with the registars office where the birth / death / marriage took place. Or apply direct to General Register Office on link below - Related Link

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Question: Do I have to make an appointment to get a copy of a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate?

Answer: No, certificates can be ordered over the telephone, by post, online or in some cases by using downloadable forms on the Isle of Wight Family History website (www.isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk/) The public can also attend at the Register Office at Seaclose and complete the relevant forms. A chargeable priority service is available, otherwise allow up to 5 working days. You will also need to check, if requiring a copy marriage certificate from a Church wedding, whether the register is at the Register Office or still at the Church.

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Question: How can I register a birth if the baby was born on the mainland but I am now back living on the Island?

Answer: You can go to the Isle of Wight Register Office and register your baby 'By Declaration'. The details you give to the Registrar will be forwarded to the office in the area where you baby was born, including a cheque for £4:00 for each full birth certificate required. The receiving Register Office will then register the birth and send out the relevant paperwork direct to you.

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Question: I am a British Citizen whose parents were working overseas when I was born. How can I obtain my birth certificate?

Answer: If your parents were working for the British Armed Forces or in the Diplomatic Service,or if you are unsure, contact the General Register Office Overseas Registration General Enquiries on 0300 123 1837 option 1

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Question: Can both of the names of the civil partners be entered on the birth certificate?

Answer: It depends on the circumstances, please contact the Register Office for further infomation on 823233 or the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837 option 1

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Question: Can I purchase a full (standard) birth certificate at a later date?

Answer: Yes, certificates can be purchased at the time of registration for £4.00. After this, certificates then become £10.00 each. Please pay by cash or card.

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Question: Can I purchase a full (standard) birth certificate at a later date?

Answer: Yes, certificates can be purchased at the time of registration for £4.00. After this, certificates then become £10.00 each. Please pay by cash or card.

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Question: Can I order another short birth certificate?

Answer: No. Short birth certificates are no longer available. You will need to purchase a full certificate for passports, driving licences and bank accounts.

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Question: What documents do I need to bring to register my baby's birth?

Answer: Please bring your birth certificate with you and your partners certificate (or passports) if applicable as this will help to reduce errors. If you do not have this you may bring a driving licence or passport. Please also bring your childs red book or your hospital discharge sheet if you have it. If you would like to purchase a full birth certificate these will cost £4.00 each on the day of registration only. Please pay by card or cash. After registration further certificates are always available at a cost of £10:00

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Question: Who can apply for a copy certificate?

Answer: Anyone can apply for a copy of anyones birth, marriage and/or death certificate as long as they have enough relevant information. Postage for certificates is £1.50 per order, and copy certificates are £10.00 each. A chargeable priority service is available - while you wait (£15) or collect in 24 hours (£10) otherwise allow up to 5 working days. Please pay by cash or card. To order online please use the link below:

****From 3rd April 2018 to 6th April 2018 While you Wait service is suspended.****** - Related Link

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Question: What information do I need to supply to obtain a copy of a certificate?

Answer: The birth,death or marriage must have taken place on the Island from 1837. The exact information that you need to supply can be found on the downloadable form - select which certificate type you require. A chargeable priority service is available to collect in 24 hours (£10) - this is in addition to the £10 certificate fee. For standard collection service please allow 3 working days before collecting the certificate.

Postage cost is £1.50 per application. Please pay by cash or card.

A chargeable while-you-wait (1 hour) service of £15 is available in person only at the Register Office - this is in addition to the £10 certificate fee.




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