Birth - registering

New – you can now apply and pay online for a copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate. Request a copy in minutes.

Our certificates are sent by second class United Kingdom Royal Mail or if abroad standard International Air Mail.

Need a copy urgently? Through our gold service, you can request to collect a certificate from Royal Oak House within an hour. Again, apply online.

When should I register the birth of my child/children?

A birth must be registered within 42 days of your child or children being born.

Where should I register the birth?

The birth has to be registered in the office of the district where it took place. Contact us to arrange a visit to the Derby Register Office. 

If it is difficult to attend our office you may go to any other Register Office in England and Wales to provide information for the birth registration by declaration. The information you provide will be posted on to us and once we have registered the birth a free short birth certificate will be sent to you by post.

Who can register the birth?

Either the mother or father of the baby can register alone if they are married.

If the parents are not married to each other, both parents must usually attend to register at the same time. If the mother prefers that no details of the father are given, she can attend alone.

What information will the registrar ask for?

We will ask you for the full names and surname that you wish your child or children to be named.

You will be asked to supply us with full names of the parent or parents, dates and places of birth, date of marriage, if applicable and occupations.

This registration process normally takes around 20 to 30 minutes.

What documents will I be issued with?

After the birth has been registered the Registrar will issue a short copy birth certificate which is free of charge.  This basic certificate shows the baby's forenames and surname, sex, date of birth and district of birth only.

A certificate is also available from the Registrar that records the parent's details and is a complete copy of the register entry. A fee of £4.00 is required for each certificate issued at this time.

Opening times

Day Times
Monday 9.00am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am to 4.30pm
Wednesday 9.00am to 4.30pm
Thursday 9.00am to 4.30pm
Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday By appointment only
Sunday Closed

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Contact details

Post address:
Derby Register Office
Royal Oak House
Market Place
Phone: 01332 641680
Minicom: 01332 640666
Derby Register Office
Royal Oak House
Market Place