Register a birth
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Register a birth

Details of how to register the birth of your child and make an appointment to call and see us.

When and where to register

You must register the birth of your baby within 42 days of the baby's birth.

If your baby was born in Poole you should register the birth at Poole Register Office.

You must book an appointment.

Book an appointment

Appointments are made on Stopfords appointment booking system. Find out how your data is used.

You can also book by calling 01202 633744.

Register Office opening times:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9am to 4.30pm
  • Friday: 9am to 4pm

If your baby was born outside the Borough of Poole area, you can come to our offices and we'll send a declaration to the relevant office for you. This is subject to appointments being available.

Poole Registration Office

The Guildhall
Market Street
BH15 1NF

Who can register a birth

If you're married or in a civil partnership:

  • either parent can register the birth
  • both parents will be recorded on the birth certificate
If you're not married or in a civil partnership:

  • for the fathers details to be recorded, both parents must attend the appointment
  • the mother can register the birth on her own, but the fathers details will not be recorded in this instance
  • if your circumstances are complicated in any way, please telephone or email the Register Office for advice

What to bring

To register the birth you need:

  • ID such as your passport or driving licence or something that includes your name and address
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate if you have it
  • your discharge letter from Poole Hospital that includes the baby’s NHS number

The Registrar will ask you for all other relevant information at the appointment.

Birth certificates

There are 2 types of birth certificate:

  • the short version which contains only the baby's details. This will be given to you at the registration appointment
  • the full version which also contains the parents' details. These cost £4 at the time of registration and are needed for things like passport applications, school admissions and opening bank accounts

You can buy extra copies of the full birth certificate at the time of registration.

Cost of certificates:

  • at registration: £4 each
  • up to four weeks after: £7 each
  • after four weeks: £10 each

You can pay by cash, debit or credit card.

Page last updated: 21 September 2017
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