Registering a birth during the coronavirus pandemic
All births that take place in the borough of Bromley must be registered at Bromley Register Office.
Following the government’s advice regarding the ongoing Covid-19 Global Pandemic, we are now able to register births. The following arrangements that have been put in place to ensure the safe registration of your baby’s birth, both for yourself and for our staff.
To book an appointment to register a birth, please call us on 0300 303 8667, this service is open Monday to Friday 08.30 – 17.00.
Please understand that whilst we have been unable to register births due to the coronavirus lockdown, this has created a considerable backlog, therefore it may be some time before we can offer you an appointment.
Your appointment will be in Committee Room 3 in the Bromley Civic Centre. At the present time we are unable to offer appointments at any other location. Please approach the offices from Stockwell Close to avoid getting lost. When you arrive on site at the Civic Centre, signs will show you the route to Committee Room 3, please allow time to get there, it is 5 minutes’ walk from the car park. Please do not go to the Register Office as our offices are closed to the public.
In order to reduce contact and to ensure social distancing, we would ask you to understand that:
- If you are married or in a civil partnership, only one of you will be able to attend the appointment
- If you are not married to or have not formed a civil partnership with each other, and the mother wants baby’s father’s details to be entered into the register, then both baby’s parents will need to attend the appointment, for further information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/register-birth/who-can-register-a-birth
- Anyone else attending with you will not be able to wait with you or come in with you to see the registrar
- It is preferable baby, and siblings do not attend the registration appointment
- If you begin showing symptoms of coronavirus or are in a household that is self-isolating, you MUST telephone us to rearrange your appointment
- Staff may be wearing PPE
On arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to confirm that you have chosen the name for your child, including your preferred spelling and any accented characters. During the appointment, you will be asked to give the following information:
- Baby's full names and date of birth together with place of birth
- Parents' full names, including any previous names, occupations and address or addresses
- Place and date of birth of both parents
- Date of marriage/civil partnership of parents (if applicable)
Please remember to bring baby’s red book or baby’s discharge papers showing baby’s NHS number with you when you attend. To help ensure the accuracy of the information recorded it would be useful if you could bring supporting documentation with you (e.g. passport, driving licence, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates, as applicable). Do not worry if any of these documents are not available as the registrar can still proceed to register the birth, but it is helpful if you remember to bring baby’s red book or your hospital discharge papers showing baby’s NHS number.
We aim to complete the registration in 15 minutes or under for your safety and that of our staff, and after the appointment is completed you will be able to apply for your baby’s birth certificate using the apply and pay for your baby’s birth certificate online form
You will not be issued a birth certificate at the appointment, even if you have applied and paid for the certificate in advance.