Birth registration

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Thurrock Register Office

Thurrock Register Office is closed until further notice.

Registering a death – we are taking appointments by phone to register a death. Deaths must be registered within 5 days from the date of death.

You will need to contact the GP's surgery to confirm that the 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' will be scanned and sent by email to register.office@thurrock.gov.uk before your appointment. If the death has been referred to the coroner, you need to make sure their documents have been emailed to us before booking your appointment. To book your appointment, phone 01375 372 822.

On the date and time of your appointment, we will phone you to take information for completing the registration. We will also arrange to send you a death certificate, if you wish to order one. Paperwork for the funeral will be sent direct to your undertaker.

Birth registration, marriage or civil partnership notice or ceremony, citizenship ceremony and other requests – no other Register Office appointments can be made until further notice. During this period, you can claim child benefit or Universal Credit before your baby's birth has been registered. If you wish to cancel or postpone a ceremony, please email register.office@thurrock.gov.uk.

Register a birth

By law, a birth must be registered within 6 weeks (42 days). Registration has to be in person. If your baby was born in Thurrock, you can make an appointment to register the birth at Thurrock Register Office.

Thurrock Register Office address
Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – all services
  • Saturday morning – ceremonies only

Arranging your appointment

To register, make an appointment with the register office of the district where the birth occurred. You can make an appointment with Thurrock Register Office, below.

Register Office appointments – birth registration

Attending your appointment

You don't have bring your baby with you for your appointment – but it is nice to see them!

If the parents were married at the time of the birth, only 1 parent is required to attend.

If the parents were not married to each other at the time of birth, both parents will need to attend so both parents' details can be recorded.

Single mothers attending on their own can still register the birth but the father's details will not be recorded.

There is no charge to register a child's birth. You may wish to purchase a certificate at the time of registration.

By registering, you will obtain a birth certificate, which can then be used to claim child benefit and other family-related benefits.

A registrar will interview you in private, asking for:

  • the place and date of birth of the baby
  • the baby's name, surname and sex
  • the baby's parents' names, surnames and places of birth
  • the baby's parents' occupations
  • the baby's mother's maiden name

Children born outside Thurrock

We cannot register the birth of babies born outside of Thurrock, even if you are a resident.

If your baby was born at:

If you are a Thurrock resident and cannot travel to the district of your child's birth, you can still make an appointment to attend Thurrock Register Office. We cannot register the birth but we will take all the details and send them by second class post to the register office of the district where your baby was born. They will register the birth, and you must contact them separately to buy a birth certificate.