Congratulations on the birth of your baby!
This information is for parents of a new born baby only. If you require a replacement certificate, more information is available on the replacement birth certificate page (please see the link on the right).
A Baby's birth must be registered, by law, within 42 days of the baby's arrival, and registered within the district where the birth occurred. At the North East Lincolnshire Register Office, birth registration is available by appointment only - so please telephone the office to arrange an appointment first.
Important changes for unmarried couples - Parental Responsibility - Please read the link to this page before contacting the Register Office to make an appointment to register the birth of your child.
Who can register a baby's birth?
If the natural mother and natural father of the child were married to each other at the time of the birth, either parent may attend to register.
If the natural mother and natural father are not married to each other at the time of the baby's birth but wish to record both parent's details then both parents must attend.
Baby's natural mother, if not married to the father, may register the birth alone but she will not be able to record the father's details unless a Statutory Declaration of Parentage* or relevant Court Order* is produced.
* Telephone or email the Registrar for further advice.
If the parents are civil partners and had formed their legal Civil Partnership prior to the assisted conception of the child, then either parent may attend to register.
For same sex couples who are not civil partners but had entered into a parenthood agreement prior to assisted conception at an Approved Fertility Clinic within the United Kingdom, if the second parents details are to be recorded on the birth certificate, both parents must attend.
What is needed to register a birth?
The following information is required:
- Baby's date and place of birth, forenames and surname.
- Mother's full name, date and place of birth, current or last occupation, if applicable, maiden surname, and date of marriage.
- Father's full name, date and place of birth and his current or last occupation.
Birth certificates: What do parents receive?
This information relates to the birth of a new born baby only.
The Registrar will issue a free 'short' birth certificate showing the baby's name, sex and date of birth.
A 'standard' birth certificate may also be obtained once the registration has been completed. This certificate will show all the details that have been recorded in the Register. There is a fee of £4.00 charged for this certificate, if requested at the time of the registration. If you require a passport for your baby it is necessary to obtain the standard certificate. The standard certificate is available at a later date but the fee increases. Up to one month after the registration, further certificates may be purchased at £7.00. After the month has passed and the Register has been placed in the Archive, the fee for a standard certificates is £10.00.
If you have lost a certificate and require a replacement, details on how to obtain one can be found on the replacement certificate page (please see the link on the right).
Where and when to attend
The Register Office, Cleethorpes Town Hall, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LN
Mondays - Thursday (except Bank Holidays) - 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
Friday - 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Registration of births is by appointment only.
Appointments to register births should be made by telephoning: 01472 324861 or 313131.
What if the birth occurred outside North East Lincolnshire?
You may still attend at the North East Lincolnshire Register Office but the Registrar will not be able to issue the baby's birth certificates. The Registrar will take the details from you and arrange for this to be passed on to the correct registration district. There will be a slight delay in your receiving the birth certificates.
Still have a query?
If you are still unsure what to do, please telephone or e-mail us and we will be happy to assist you.