Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

How to Register a Birth

When someone is born, it is a legal requirement that their birth must be registered with the register office within 42 calendar days of the birth. It is best to use the register office in the area where the person was born.

The Isle of Wight Register Office operates on an appointment system. You will need to make an appointment to register the birth, our contact details can be found in the contact information tab above. Please note: we are not open weekends.

The Process to register a birth on the Isle of Wight

Who Can register a birth

Married Parents

  • Either or both parents may attend to register the birth and if they were married when the baby was born or conceived the certificate will include both parents details.

Mother and father are not married

  • The mother may register the birth alone but the father’s details will not be entered onto the registration.
  • If both parents attend together to register the birth and providing the mother is happy to do so, the father's details can be entered into the register. If the father cannot attend, please contact the Register Office for more information.
  • If neither the mother nor the father can register the birth, a qualified informant must register the birth on their behalf. Unfortunately friends do not count as qualified informants. Please contact the Register Office for more information.

Information you need when registering a birth

You will need to know:

  • Baby’s place and date of birth. 
  • The full names the child is to be known by.
  • Fathers full name, address, place and date of birth and occupation (if being entered).
  • Mothers full name, maiden name, place and date of birth, occupation and address. 

It would useful if you can bring mothers and fathers birth certificates to help reduce errors in spelling names and places of birth.

Please pay for certificates by cash or card.

Where you can register the birth

If the birth was on the Isle of Wight you should register at the Isle of Wight Register Office. You will need to make an appointment within 42 calendar days of the birth. Our contact details can be found in the contact information tab above.

If you do not live on the Isle of Wight, or it would be difficult for you to attend the Isle of Wight office, you can take the information to any other Registrar of Births and Deaths in England or Wales. This is known as registering by declaration. The birth will not be registered in the registers office you have attended, but the information will be taken and posted to the Isle of Wight Register Office. Once the information has been received the correct documents will be sent to you immediately.

Please Note: Should you require any copies of birth certificates in the future you will need to get them from the Isle of Wight Register Office and not from the office where the birth declaration was made.