Registration of births

6. Birth certificate fees

Changes to certificate fees

From 16 February 2019, the Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnership (Fees) (Amendment) regulations comes into force. There will be changes to the following certificate fees:

  • the three-tier certificate fees will be removed and replaced by one single (standard) fee of £11 per certificate, regardless of when the application is made. The fee of £11 will also apply to a Short Birth Certificate
  • the introduction of statutory priority certificate of £35 for a 24 hour service

The new certificate fees are the same as the General Register Office.

When you have a child you must register them within 42 days of their birth and apply for a birth certificate.

Standard Certificate (which includes the Parent's names):

  • at the time of registration: £11
  • after registration: £11

Short Certificate:

The fees for a Short certificate, which do not show the parent's names and surnames, are as follows:

  • at the time of registration: £11
  • after registration: £11

Further short certificates and full certificates may be purchased at the time of registration or at any time afterwards.

New fees for additional registration services

The Home Office have introduced new regulations under the Immigration Act 2016 to introduce new fees for services currently provided free. The fees have been set at a level to recover the full cost of the service.

The additional services for which a fee is payable, are as follows:

  • all short birth certificates issued at the time of registration: £11
  • forename(s) added within 12 months of the birth registration: £40
  • consideration by Registrar/Superintendent Registrar of a correction application: £75
  • consideration by the Registrar General of a correction application: £90

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