North East Lincolnshire Council

Register a birth

The Register Office currently remains closed, however, we are beginning to get in touch with new parents via text messaging.  The text message will give you all the information you need.  Please be aware that we are resuming birth registrations in date order and we ask for your patience as we work through these.  We look forward to seeing a new process for birth registration that will provide you with safety and peace of mind for this important step.

Birth registration appointments

Whilst the Government guidelines state that you are allowed to register the birth of your baby, we are not yet in a position to do this safely.

We are working towards this and once we do resume birth registrations, we will start with those that are outstanding for the longer time (i.e. birth from February and March 2020). Please be patient and we will be in touch with you as soon as we can.

Benefits and medical access

In the meantime, you can still claim for child benefit or universal credit before the birth being registered. Not having the birth certificate will not affect access to medical services, including immunisations which are critical for your child.

Congratulations on the birth of your baby!

This information is for parent(s) of a new born baby only.

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 couplesparental responsibility – please read the information 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
  • We require your passport, travel card, driving licence or birth certificate along with a utility bill. This is not statutory however it may avoid corrections needing to be made after registration which can come at a cost.

Birth certificates: what do parents receive?

Please note: this information relates to the birth of a new born baby only

With effect from 1st November 2017, free short birth certificates will no longer be issued to you.  If you do not wish to purchase the standard birth certificate, the registrar is able to issue you with a “Certificate of Registration” by way of receipt that the birth has been registered.  This will only show the date of birth and sex of the child.  This cannot be used for any legal or official purposes.

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 £11 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 also available at a later date.

If you have lost a certificate and require a replacement, details on how to obtain one can be found on our replacement certificate page.

Same sex parents birth registration

Female couples – Married or Civil Partners

Either parents may register the birth on her own if all the following are accurate

  • The conception was assisted through fertility treatment on or after April 2009
  • The birth mother was married or in a civil partnership at time of treatment

Female couples – Unmarried or not in a Civil Partnership

The birth mother’s partner can be the child’s second parent if both women

  • Are treated together in the United Kingdom by a licensed clinic
  • Have made a ‘Parenthood’ agreement

Female couples – Both details to be recorded on the birth certificate

  • Register the birth jointly by attending the office together
  • Complete a ‘Statutory Declaration of Acknowledgement of Parentage’ form an one parent takes the form signed by the other parent when she attends the registration appointment.
  • Obtain a document from the court giving the second female parent parental responsibility.

Male couples

Male couples must get a parental order from the court before they can be registered as parents.

Where and when to attend

The register office, Cleethorpes Town Hall, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LN

Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) – 9 am to 4 pm

Please note: registration of births is by appointment only

Appointments to register births should be made by telephoning 01472 326295 – option 1

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 certificate.

More services

General register office – certificate application

Registration and Celebratory Service, Cleethorpes Town Hall, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8LN


Telephone: 01472 326295 – option 2

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm except bank holidays

Access for wheelchair users is available to the rear of Cleethorpes Town Hall