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Register a birth

How to register a birth in Suffolk, required documents and booking an appointment online.

We can register the births of all babies born in the county of Suffolk.

  • You can register at any of our offices regardless of where in Suffolk your baby was born.
  • Appointments are in person only, online registrations are not possible.
  • If the parents not married and want both parents' details to appear on the birth certificate, both parents need to attend the appointment together.
  • If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, the appointment may have to be rescheduled.
  • There's space for a maximum of 3 people in each appointment room.
  • Please check the child's registration very carefully before signing. The responsibility lies with you to look for any errors on this legal document. Corrections cost up to £90.
  • Both parents attending the appointment need to be able to read and understand English to sign and approve the registration. If you need to bring an interpreter, please contact your chosen Register Office to ask for a longer appointment.

Registering more than one baby/child

Appointments to register more than one child may take longer.

Please contact the respective Register Office directly if you wish to register more than one child.

Registering the baby of same sex parents

To arrange an appointment please call the Register Office you wish to attend, who will be pleased to assist you further. Please ensure you have read the information below before booking an appointment. 

Birth certificates

You will be able to order and pay for your child’s birth certificate at the same time you make your appointment, or at your appointment.

Short certificate

Costs £11 per copy. This shows only the baby's name and date of birth.

Full certificate

Costs £11 per copy. This will include details of the parent(s).