Register a birth by declaration

Register a birth if you can't come to a Bristol Register Office

You can register a birth by declaration if you can't come to a Bristol Register Office.

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If the baby was born in Bristol and you can't come to either of the Bristol Register Offices then you must ‘make a declaration’ at your nearest Register Office. 

You must contact them to make an appointment to ‘make a declaration’.

At your appointment the Registrar will take the details for the birth registration and ask you to sign the declaration. 

The paperwork will be sent to Bristol Register Office for the Registrar to enter the registration in the appropriate register. 

After your appointment you can apply for a certificate from Bristol Register Office. 

Apply for a certificate

All certificates are sent by ‘signed for’, make sure you’re able to sign for your certificate at the delivery address. 

You can apply online at: apply for a birth declaration certificate.

You can also apply by post or in person at:

Bristol Register Office, The Old Council House, Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1JG. 

If you apply by post you must include a cheque or postal order for £4 and a stamped self-addressed envelope.

A standard envelope will not be sent by signed for delivery.

Terms and conditions

See our Register Office terms and conditions (pdf, 295KB) (opens new window)