By law, a birth must be registered within 6 weeks (42 days). Registration has to be in person at the register office.
- 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 book your appointment online by logging-in to our My Account services and selecting 'Registrar appointments'. You can create an account if you don't already have one.
Attending your appointment
You do not have bring your baby with you when you arrive 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
As well as children born within Thurrock, we also register children born outside of Thurrock – for example, those born at Basildon Hospital, Harold Wood Hospital or any hospital or place in England or Wales. This is known as 'by declaration'
When you attend your appointment, we will record your details along with those of your child, and send them to the registrar of the district where the birth took place.
Payment must be sent to the district's registrar, so you should bring your cheque book or a blank postal order so you can write a cheque or postal order during the appointment.
The child's certificates will be sent to you by post.