Registering your baby

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COVID-19 information

Firstly congratulations on the birth of your baby.
 
Birth registrations were halted during the COVID-19 crisis, but these can now take place again. 
 
A birth needs to be registered in the district where the baby was born. If you gave birth in a hospital,  you should contact the relevant registration district directly; for Wexham Park this would be Slough or for Royal Berks this would be Reading.

  • Previous to COVID-19 you could give the birth information via a ‘declaration’ at your local register office, but this will not be possible in the near future. 
  • During the COVID-19 crisis, you can claim for child benefit and universal credit without having registered the birth. Further information on this will be on www.gov.uk.
  • You do not have to worry about registering after the 42-day deadline during the COVID-19 crisis. Register Offices will be working through a back-log built up since the end of March 2020.

If your baby was born at home in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, please email us on registrar@rbwm.gov.uk for an appointment.

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Registering your baby

After the arrival of a new baby, everything can seem to be happening in a blur. However it is important to remember to register your new arrival.

It is a legal requirement to register the birth within 42 days. This is done by a personal visit to a register office in the district where the birth occurred. You will need to email us at registrar@rbwm.gov.uk to make an appointment for this.

After giving the registrar all the necessary information, you will be asked to check the record carefully and sign it. 

You will need to purchase a birth certificate, which will cost £11 per copy at the time of registration.

You can also buy further birth certificates at a later date, which will cost £11 each.  

If you prefer you can go to any other Register Office in England or Wales where the registration will be made by a declaration, which will be sent to the local office where the birth occurred, any birth certificates would then be sent to you by post.

Registrars : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

Registrars - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Telephone: 01628 796422