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Births must be registered within 42 days of the birth. You should go to the office in the registration district where your child was born. If you cannot register at the Register Office in the district you can register by declaration at any office in England and Wales. The declaration will then be sent to the office for the district where your baby was born. The office will then forward the documents to you.


Those who are able to register the birth are:-

  • Mother of the baby
  • Father of the baby (if legally married to the Mother)
  • Mother and Father of the baby at the same appointment (if the couple are not married but Mother would like Father's details to be included in the registration and therefore on the certificate).
  • Person present at the birth
  • Person responsible for the child

There is no fee for registering a birth. If you require a certificate at the time of registration, there will be a fee.


Announcing a new arrival

Bournemouth is the only Council on the South Coast to offer Welcoming Ceremonies. A  welcoming ceremony| is a very special way of celebrating a child’s birth, or welcoming an older child into the family. Parents usually invite family and friends to share the occasion. A welcoming ceremony is a very highly personalised and unique occasion with specially written ceremonies. Any parent can arrange a welcoming ceremony, whether married or not, with any spiritual or religious beliefs or with none or from any cultural background. Ceremonies can also be used to celebrate adoptive children and step children into a new relationship and form part of the family bonding within an extended family unit. 


For further information, please contact:

envelope icon image    Registration Services

              Town Hall

              Bourne Avenue

              Bournemouth BH2 6DY

telephone icon image    Telephone 01202 454945

email icon image    E-mail |

fax icon image    Fax 01202 454950

Related Information


Postal Address Registration Services,
Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset
Telephone 01202 454945
Fax 01202 454950
Email Registrars
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