Registering a birth during the coronavirus pandemic
All births that take place in the borough of Bromley must be registered at Bromley Register Office.
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.
You must wear a face covering during your appointment, unless you are exempt.
There are no public toilet facilities at the Civic Centre, the nearest are in The Glades shopping centre.
To book an appointment to register a birth, please call us on 0300 303 8667, this service is open Monday to Friday 8.30am -5pm.
From Monday 19 April 2021, appointments will be conducted in the Register Office, Level 1, Stockwell Building, Bromley Civic Centre.
Please be aware that rapid (lateral flow) testing is being carried out, in another location, on the Civic Centre site, for people without Covid-19 symptoms.
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
- The registration will take about 15 to 20 minutes, and after the appointment is completed you will be able to apply for your baby’s birth certificate online.
- You will not be issued a birth certificate at the appointment
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.