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Register a birth

Your baby's birth must be registered within 42 days (6 weeks) from when they were born. Find out who can register a birth on GOV.UK.

Where to go

If your baby was born at Medway Maritime Hospital or anywhere else within the boundary of Medway Council, the birth will need to be registered at the Medway Register Office, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS.

If it is not possible to attend the Medway Register Office, the registration may be made by visiting any registrar’s office in England and Wales to make a statement called a declaration, which would then be sent to Medway. 

Registrars at Medway are also able to take declarations for births which take place outside the Medway area.

Book an appointment

Phone: 01634 338 998

Information you need when registering a birth

  • place and date of the birth
  • 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’ occupations
  • mother’s maiden surname

It would be helpful, but not essential, to bring some form of identification showing the names and addresses of the parents. This could include:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • deed poll
  • driving licence
  • proof of address (e.g. utility bill)
  • Council Tax bill
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate

Find further information about births and registration on GOV.UK.

Register a birth abroad

You must register your child’s birth according to the regulations in the country where the child was born. They’ll give you a local birth certificate. There is no need to register the birth in the UK. It may be possible to make a consular registration either with the nearest consulate or with the consular department of the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London:

Find further information about registering a birth abroad on GOV.UK.