Registering a birth – Frequently Asked Questions How do I register a birth? You must register the birth within 42 days in the district in which it occurred. You need to book an appointment online to register a birth at Kensington and Chelsea Register Office www.rbkc.gov.uk/registerabirth . We do not offer a walk-in service; appointments are compulsory. I cannot find any documents. Can we still register a birth? It is extremely helpful if you are able to bring a proof of identity and the paperwork issued by the hospital with you, but you can still register if you are not able to bring these documents. Can I reschedule my appointment? You can reschedule your appointment using the link in your online booking confirmation email. What should I do if I am running late for my appointment? It is not necessary to call us if you are running late for your appointment. Please arrive promptly. We may not be able to accommodate you on the same day if you miss the start time of your appointment.
If you are unable to make it to your appointment on time, you can reschedule using the link in your online booking confirmation email. What is shown on the birth certificate? The birth certificate has the baby’s name, date and place of birth. It also contains parents’ details, including their names, place of birth, occupation and address. Birth certificates can be purchased at the appointment if you have not already done so online. I want to change my child’s name on their birth certificate. It is not always possible to change a child’s name on their birth certificate. A child’s forenames (but not surname) can be changed within one year after registration only. Please visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/registrars for further information. A child’s surname (but not forenames) can only be changed if the birth is re- registered or the father’s name is added to a birth certificate. In all other circumstances a child’s name can be changed by deed poll . This will legally change their name, but does not change the name on their birth certificate.
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