Registering your child's birth during COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 we have changed the way that birth is registered in Jersey, as it's not possible for you to register in person at this time.
Registering your child's birth
You must register the birth with the parish registrar of the parish your child was born within 21 days.
The Maternity Unit will give your child's information to the Customer and Local Services where your child will get their social security number (SSN)
You will get your child's SSN when you go to register the birth with the parish registrar.
Documents you need to register your child's birth
You need to take the following documents with you to the parish registrar:
If you're married
Either the father or mother (or both) can register the birth. You or your spouse need to bring your:
If you're not married
The mother must register the baby. If the father is to be registered on the birth certificate then he also needs to attend and you both need to bring your:
birth certificates or passports
divorce decree absolute papers
deed poll papers (if you have any) deed poll but be Enrolled – unenrolled deed polls will not be accepted
official translation of any documents if they're in a language other than English or French
Late birth registrations
If your child's birth isn't registered within 21 days, the birth must be registered with both the Superintendent Registrar and the registrar of the parish in which your baby was born.
You will also have to pay a fine of £200 and give the Superintendent Registrar the reason for the delay in registering the birth.
Types and cost of birth certificates
Standard form birth certificate
A standard form birth certificate contains all information and is used to support most official applications.
A standard birth certificate is £30.
Short form birth certificate
A short form birth certificate is a basic document which shows a person’s name, date of birth and place of birth. Official organisations will not accept short form certificates as evidence of identity.
A short form birth certificate is £10.
Registering your child if they were born outside of Jersey
If your baby is born outside of Jersey, you need to register the birth in the local jurisdiction.
You must bring back the birth certificate and take it to the Customer and Local Services to get their Social Security Number.
What we'll do with the details of your child's birth
We will tell the following departments about your child's birth:
Child Health: so that your child's records can be updated on their system with the correct information and to make sure that they can contact you in the future
Customer and Local Services: if you receive Income Support, your claim will be updated. If you need any further services which require proof of your child's birth, then you won't need to provide copies of the birth certificate.
Taxes Office: they will receive confirmation of your child's birth, so you will not need to give them a copy of the birth certificate. You'll still need to contact them to discuss the allocation of child allowance
Data sharing agreement for registering new births