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Register a birth

Every live birth in England or Wales must be registered in the district of birth within 42 days. If you are a resident of the borough but your child was born in Queen’s Hospital, Havering, you can also register the birth with us. Find out more about how to register a birth.

Make an appointment 

You need to book an appointment with us to register the birth. For home births and babies born in the Barking and Dagenham Birthing Centre call 020 8270 4744. If you're a resident of the borough and your baby was born in Queens Hospital, Romford, use our online booking system. You will need to be signed in to your Barking and Dagenham Council My Account. If you don't have one, you can register for My Account.

To register babies born outside of the borough and not at Queens Hospital, contact the district in which the birth took place.

For re-registrations following marriage or to add the father's name to the certificate please call the office for advice.

Book an appointment to register a birth 

Where to register

On the confirmed date and time of your appointment you must register the birth at Woodlands House Register Office, Woodlands House, Rainham Road North, Dagenham RM10 7ER. Buggies and prams must be left in our buggy park at owners risk. Alternatively please leave them in your vehicle.

We reserve the right to cancel your appointment if you arrive more than 5 minutes late for it and you may need to re-book at a later date.

Documents required

Please bring photographic identification for both parents, your hospital or midwife discharge letter and, if married, your marriage certificate. Please note if the mother chooses to register the birth on her own and isn't married to the child's father, the father's details will not be included on the birth certificate.

Certificate cost

A full/short birth certificate costs £4 per copy, payable on the day of registration. We no longer issue free short birth certificates.

Additional copies of certificates can also be obtained after the day of registration.