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.
If your baby was born in Basildon Hospital or any other district, you should contact the register office for that area – details are provided at the end of this page.
- 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.
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:
- Basildon Hospital, contact Essex Register Office
- Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, contact Kent Register Office
- Queens Hospital in Romford, contact Havering Register Office
- Southend Hospital, contact Southend Register Office
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.