By law, you must register a birth within six weeks (42 days). If the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth, either the mother or the father may register the birth. If the parents are not married to each other, the mother may attend alone but will not be able to record the father’s details unless he is also present. Please phone the register office if you need further information on 01873 735435.
You need to register your baby in order to obtain a birth certificate. You can then use this to claim child benefit and any other family-related benefits and to obtain a National Health Service number which your doctor will need.
A birth should be registered in the district where it occurred. If the birth occurred within Monmouthshire, you need to make an appointment with the Monmouthshire register office.
You can also register at the Community Hubs in Monmouth and Chepstow or in Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny. For all appointments phone 01873 735435.
There is no charge to register the birth, but the cost of a full birth certificate is £4 on the day of registration. This increases to £7 the following day and to £10 after 28 days.
After the birth has been registered, if you discover a mistake in the entry, there will be a fee of up to £90 to correct the entry in the register. Please contact the registrar for advice.
If it is more convenient, details of the birth may be given at another register office by making a declaration.
In this case your baby’s documents will be sent to you in the post from the Monmouthshire office when the declaration has been received.
Civil naming ceremonies
Why not welcome your new arrival with a day to remember, together with your family and friends? If you are interested in having a civil naming ceremony, please contact the Monmouthshire registration service on 01873 735435.