Register a birth

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Register offices remain closed while we work on making them safe to access. Please check our page on birth registration for the latest service updates.

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The registration will formally record the birth and allow certificates to be produced for legal purposes and to register with a doctor's surgery. Registration is by appointment only -  the registration office will be able to advise you further.

When and where to register

You must register the birth of your baby within 42 days of the baby's birth. If your baby was born in Poole you should register the birth at Poole Register Office. You can book an appointment with us online.


Appointments are made on Stopfords appointment booking system. Find out  how your data is used.

You can also book by calling 01202 633744.

Register Office opening times:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9am to 4.30pm
  • Friday: 9am to 4pm

If your baby was born outside the Borough of Poole area, you can come to our offices and we'll send a declaration to the relevant office for you. This is subject to appointments being available.

Birth certificates

You can buy copies of the birth certificate when you register the birth. This is needed for things like passport applications, school admissions, and opening a bank account.

Fees from 16 February 2019

From 16 February 2019 there will be an increase in certificate fees:

  • express service - £35
  • all other certificates - £11 

This increase is a statutory fee from central government and the registrar general.

You can pay by cash, debit or credit card.

Poole Registration Office

The Guildhall
Market Street
BH15 1NF

Page last updated: 03 June 2020
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