Registering a birth


By law all babies born in South Tyneside, whether at home or in hospital, must be registered in person at the register office within 42 days (6 weeks) of the birth.

Birth registrations are by appointment only.

To book an appointment call the Council's Contact Centre

Only two people can attend the appointment.

If you do not register

If you have not registered by 5 weeks you will get a reminder letter. 

After 6 weeks you will get a formal notice requesting your attendance. 

If you do not attend after receiving this formal notice you will be liable to prosecution.

If you will not be able to attend within 6 weeks after the birth please let us know. 

We will consider extending the amount of time you have to register, if there are good reasons for doing so.