If your child was born in Hackney, they must be registered here, regardless of where you lived at the time of the birth.

Register a birth

Registering a stillbirth

Stillbirths need to be registered within 42 days.  You need to make an appointment to register a stillbirth.

Re-registering a birth

It may be possible to re-register a birth:

  • to add the father’s details
  • following a marriage or civil partnership of natural parents

The re-registration is free, but new certificates are £11.

We offer a re-registration day once a month, which is usually the last Thursday of the month.

Copies of birth certificates

Copies of birth certificates cost £11.

Order a copy certificate on GOV.UK

Certificates for adopted people and for people born abroad to armed services or diplomatic families can be obtained from the General Register Office.

Changing a child’s forenames on a birth certificate

A child’s forenames (first and middle names) can be changed up to one year from the date the child was originally registered.

  • amendments cost £40
  • new certificates cost £11

There are 2 different ways that this can be done. 

The change to the child’s forename(s) will be made on the birth entry and will show on any certificates issued from that point on.

The child’s new name will be shown in the bottom box of the birth certificate (space 17). The child’s name that they were originally given at the time of registration will always still appear in space 2.

Correcting an error on a birth certificate

You can apply to correct a birth registration:

  • when the information recorded is wrong – eg if there is a mistake in the spelling of a parent’s name

You can’t apply for a correction:

  • to show new information if circumstances change after you’ve registered your child’s birth – eg if you’ve changed address

Fees and charges

Document legalisation

You can get certain official UK documents legalised by asking the Legalisation Office to confirm that the signature, stamp or seal is from a UK public official.

How to get your documents legalised.

Page updated on: 8 April 2021

Registration Services


Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


Opening times

  • Mon to Fri, 9am - 4.30pm
  • Emergency out of hours death service: Sat and Sun, 9am - 11am, bank holidays (excluding Christmas Day), 9am - 11am