Havering

Registering a birth

Congratulations on the new addition to your family, the information below explains what you need to do in order to register your baby’s birth.​​​​​​​​​​​​

Birth Registration

Congratulations on the new addition to your family, the information below explains what you need to do in order to register your baby’s birth.​​​​​​​​​​​​

How quickly can the birth be registered?

It is possible to register your baby as soon as the birth has taken place.  It is a legal requirement for your baby’s birth to be registered within 42 days.​

Where can I register my baby's birth?

A birth can only be registered in the district in which it took place. If your baby was born at Queens Hospital, Romford or any address in Havering you can register at
Location
Information on booking
Havering Registration Service
Langtons House
Billet Lane
Hornchurch
Essex
RM11 1XJ
 
Book online at
The Ingrebourne Children's Centre
Ashbourne Road
Harold Hill
Romford
RM3 7YT
Book by ringing
01708 434622 
This number is for booking appointments only.
Open on Wednesdays and Thursdays only. Staff at the Children's Centre are unable to give help and advice on Registration enquiries please contact
 
Registration@havering.gov.uk
 
Barking and Dagenham Register Office
Woodlands House,
Rainham Road North, Dagenham,
RM10 7ER
 
If you live in this borough visit the Barking and Dagenham website and click on Create Account for 'My Account'
 
Havering Registration is in partnership with Barking & Dagenham Registration.
Redbridge Register Office
Queen Victoria House
794 Cranbrook Road
Barkingside
Ilford
IG6 1JS
If you live in this borough call 020 8554 5000 to book an appointment.
 
 
Havering Registration is in partnership with Redbridge Registration.



How quickly can the birth be registered?

It is possible to register your baby as soon as the birth has taken place.  It is a legal requirement for your baby’s birth to be registered within 42 days.​  ​   

What documents will I receive at the registration?

You will receive a free short birth certificate at the time of the registration.

There will be an opportunity to purchase full birth certificates at the time of the registration at a cost of £4.00 per certificate.  If you do not purchase at the time of registration the cost will increase.

Payment can be made by debit or credit card only (credit cards will incur a 1.5% surcharge)

Birth Certificate Wallet

You will also have the opportunity to purchase one of our new Animal Character Birth Wallets for £2.50.  This is a lovely way to keep those important certificates safe and there is a space for you to include a photograph of your new arrival.

Commemorative Certificates

Special commemorative certificates are also available at a cost of £10.00.  These are not legal documents but a lovely keepsake to recognise the occasion.

Who can register the birth?

It must be a qualified informant and must be one of the following:

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  • If the baby’s parents were married to each other at the time of the birth then either the mother or the father may attend on their own.
  • If the baby’s parents were not married to each at the time of the birth only the mother is a qualified informant, if the father wishes his details to be included in the register then he will need to attend with the mother.
  • If the father cannot attend it is possible to add his details on at a later date or the mother can attend the registration with a Statutory Declaration signed by the father (can be downloaded from this page.)

By declaration

If it is not convenient for you to attend this office to register the birth of your child then you may go to any other Register Office in England or Wales to register by ‘Birth Declaration’. When you attend that Register Office then the Registrar who sees you will simply record the relevant information and act as an intermediary, passing the details to the Registrar at Havering by post.

In this case, any birth certificates you require will be sent in the post. If you wish to obtain any other certificates in addition to the ‘free’ one then you will need to enclose the appropriate payment of £4.00 per certificate (certificate fee valid only at the time of registration) which is payable by cheque at the time of giving the declaration.  Please make cheques payable to ‘Superintendent Registrar.’

Please remember however that such arrangements rely on many different organisations and services (postal services, part time register offices etc.) and this will inevitably delay the arrangements you may wish to make with regards to passports, family allowances, etc.

However, please remember that you have a legal obligation to register the birth within 42 days.

What information needs to be supplied to the Registrar?

When you attend to register the birth the Registrar will need to know the following information: 

Information about the baby

  • The date and place of your baby’s birth. If the birth is a multiple one (twins, triplets, etc.) then the time of each baby’s birth will also be required
  • Whether the baby is a boy or a girl
  • The forenames and surname in which it is intended that the baby will be brought up

Information about the father

(Where these details are to be entered in the register).

  • The father’s forenames and surname
  • The father’s date and place of birth (town and country if born in the UK; country if born overseas)
  • The father’s occupation at the time of the baby’s birth or, if he was not employed at that time, the occupation he last followed
  • The father’s address (if he is not married to the mother and not living at the same address)

Information about the mother

  • The mother’s forenames and surname (a maiden surname will also be required if the mother is, or ever has been, married)
  • The mother’s date and place of birth (town and country if born in the UK; country if born overseas)
  • The mother’s usual address at the time of birth
  • The mother’s occupation (if the Mother is no longer working but had been employed at any time before the birth this occupation can be entered in the register if the mother so wishes)
  • The total number of previous children
  • If the mother was married to the baby’s father at the time of the birth the registrar will need to know the date of that marriage
​Important notice: Entrance and parking at Langtons House

We are currently undergoing extensive restoration work within Langtons Gardens​ and the driveways/paths and car park area between now and May 2016.

Due to the nature of the works there will not always be car parking facilities available for customers using the hall, and some disruption to those who are dropping off customers at the main entrance. We will, however, always have an alternative method of entry by foot and endeavour to make dropping off customers as easy as possible.

If you are getting married or holding a ceremony or function at Langtons House and are concerned about the the impact of these works please contact us for further information. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.​
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​Related pages
Registering a birth - FAQs
Re-registration of a birth
Naming ceremonies​
Copy certificates
Certificate corrections