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All births must be registered within 42 days with a registrar of births and deaths in the area where the birth happened.

A birth in the Borough of Dartford can be registered at Dartford Library, Market Street , Dartford, Kent DA1 1EU

An appointment is needed to register a birth or death. Please telephone 03000 41 51 51.

Opening Hours

Day of Week Opening Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday 8.30am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 6.00pm
Thursday 8.30am - 8.00pm
Friday 8.30am - 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Who can register a birth?

Either parent of the baby provided they were married to each other at the time of the birth.

If the parents are not married, only the mother of the baby can register. If mother is not married to the baby's father and registers the birth alone, the father's details are not entered in the register.

If the father's details are to be recorded both parents usually need to be present.

Information required to register the birth

You will need to provide the following information:

  • The place and date of birth of the baby
  • The name, surname and sex of the baby
  • The names, surnames, places of birth and occupations of the parents
  • The mother's maiden name (if applicable)
  • The baby's NHS number - the midwife will inform you of this

What happens at the registry office?

The registrar will see you in private and record the baby's and parent's details.

You will be asked to check the information recorded very carefully and to signify that it is correct.

It is important that the information recorded is accurate, as the correction of errors discovered after the register has been signed may cause delay and inconvenience.

Giving your baby a name

The registrar will ask you for the names and surname with which your child will be brought up.

The name that is recorded in the register will appear on the birth certificate.

The surname given at this time cannot be changed at a later date other than by re-registration or adoption.

Do give a lot of thought when deciding your child's name. The name should suit them throughout their lifetime and not be something that could be made fun of. This is particularly important if mother and father have different surnames.

What will I be given?

A form which allows you to register the baby with your doctor and a short copy of the birth certificate - which is a part copy of the entry in the birth register.

Do I have to pay?

No. Registration is free of charge.

Do I need copies of the birth certificate?

You will be given a short version of the entry in the birth register. If required, you can buy a full copy of the entry in the birth register for a small fee.

Unmarried fathers and parental responsibility

Unmarried fathers can obtain equal parental responsibility for their child if they register the birth along with the mother and record their details on the entry.

If an unmarried father is unable to attend in person with the mother then his particulars can be recorded in the birth entry by statutory declaration acknowledging paternity.

When unmarried parents marry - Re-registration

When parents, who are not married at the time of their children's birth, decide to marry each other it is in the child's interest that the entry of birth is updated to reflect this.

You can get an application form to re-register a birth from the Manor Gatehouse.

You will need to present the child/children's birth certificate and the parents' marriage certificate.

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