Registration of Births

Register a birth

COVID-19 Update

We are now booking birth registrations as normal. Please call 01983 823233 option 1 for an appointment.

All appointments will be subject to strict social distancing and hand hygiene procedures.


 When someone is born, it is a legal requirement that their birth must be registered with the register office within 42 calendar days of the birth. It is best to use the register office in the area where the person was born.

Booking a registration appointment

The Isle of Wight Register Office operates on an appointment system. You will need to make an appointment to register the birth, please call us on 01983 823233.

Please note: 

  • When registering twins a double appointment is required.
  • We are not open weekends.


Guidance on who can register a birth

For guidance on who can register a birth please visit the GOV.UK website - who can register a birth


Information you need when registering a birth

When registering the birth, you should know:

  • Place and date of the birth of the baby.
  • Name, surname and sex of the baby.
  • Parents’ names, surnames and address.
  • Places and dates of parents’ birth.
  • Date of parents’ marriage or civil partnership.
  • Parents’ jobs.
  • Mother’s maiden surname.


What you should take to your appointment at the Isle of Wight Register Office

You should take at least one form of identification when you go to the register office.

You can use:

  • Passport.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Deed poll.
  • Driving licence.
  • Proof of address (eg utility bill).
  • Council Tax bill.
  • Marriage or civil partnership certificate.

Please note: You should also take your child’s personal child health record or ‘red book’

Payments & fees

  • Please pay for certificates by cash or card, we do not accept cheques.
  • Birth certificates will be £11.00 each on and after the day of registration.