Birth - registering

We have Moved!

The Registration service has moved from Royal Oak House to the Council House. Notice of Marriages, Wedding, naming and vow renewal ceremonies will continue to be held at Royal Oak house but all other services will now be at the Council House

Need a copy certificate?

You can apply and pay for a copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate online, anytime at our customer service portal Derby Direct To You.

Need a copy urgently? If you order before 12:30 Monday – Friday, you can collect the certificate from the Council House after 3pm on the same day.

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

You need to register a birth 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 happened. You need to make an appointment with one of our Registrars at the Council House or Royal Derby Hospital using our simple online booking system. 

If it is difficult to visit an office in Derby, you may go to any 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 name and surname of the child.

You will need to give us full names of the parent or parents, dates and places of birth, date of marriage, if married and occupations.

This registration process normally takes 20 minutes.

What documents will I be issued with?

You can buy certificates for £4.00, once the birth entry has been completed.  You will need to pay by debit or credit card as we only accept cash in certain circumstances.

Please note from the 1st November 2017 free short birth certificates will no longer be issued.

Opening times

Day Times
Monday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday By appointment only
Sunday Closed

Useful forms

Contact details

Post address:
Customer Service Centre
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 641680
Minicom: 01332 640666
The Council House
Corporation Street