Registering a birth

Congratulations on your new arrival!

Once your baby is born, the birth should be registered within 42 days.

If your baby was born in the Bradford district (including Keighley), you should make an appointment with the register office at either Bradford City Hall or Keighley Town Hall.

Who can register?

For opposite-sex or same-sex female couples

This depends on whether or not both parents are married/in a civil partnership when the baby was born.

If the parents were married or in a civil partnership, either parent can register the birth and can include both parents' details in the registration.

If the parents weren't married or in a civil partnership, the child's mother needs to register the birth. The father or second female parent's details won't be registered (and won't appear on any birth certificate) unless the second parent:

For same-sex male couples

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

More information

If the 42 day period has been missed, if neither the mother or second parent to which the mother is married/in a civil partnership to are able to register the birth, or if you have any other questions to ask, please contact the register office for advice.

What do I need to take to the appointment?

The baby's details

  • date and place of birth; for twins or triplets the time of each child's birth will be needed 
  • baby’s sex 
  • the first name(s) and surname intended for the child.

The mother and father/second parent's details

(as applicable)

  • first name(s) and surname – also any other names which are or have been used 
  • mother’s maiden surname if different 
  • her date and place of birth 
  • occupation at the time of the child's birth, or last occupation if unemployed 
  • usual address at the date of birth 
  • date of marriage or civil partnership if applicable 
  • number of previous children.


You will need some identification such as passport, driving licence and marriage or civil partnership certificate, if appropriate.

An interpreter

If you have difficulty in communicating in English you should bring someone along who can interpret for you.

Money (optional)

It doesn't cost anything to register a birth, but if you want a birth certificate this will cost £11.


You should check the information very carefully before signing the entry. A mistake can easily be put right before you sign, but after signing it will be much more difficult and there will be a cost.

Make an appointment now

Birth registrations are by appointment only.

Please note that you don't need to bring your baby to the register office appointment. 

Make an appointment to register a birth

If you need more information

You can contact the register office by calling 01274 432151. Opening times are 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Did you know?

...that you can now sign your baby up for a library card at the same time as you register their birth?

Bradford and Keighley Register offices can now issue the new library cards and a special photo booth session is available for families to mark the occasion!

Libraries have books especially tailored for babies and young children including picture books, touch ‘n’ feel books, board books, dual language picture books and large print braille picture books.

Libraries are also great places for new parents giving the opportunity to get out and about and meet with other new mums and dads, and to build support networks. 

For more information about libraries across the district and to find one near you visit the Bradford Libraries website

Free books!

Bookstart give a free book pack to every baby born in England once they become members of the library. Bookstart also offer further packs at key stages before school, as well as packs for children with additional needs, tips and guidance on reading together, resources, activities, and much more!

Contact your health visitor or your library for more information.

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