Is the time of birth shown on my birth certificate?

The majority of certificates issued in the UK do not record the time of birth, as such we cannot guarantee that this information will be available. Where the information may be available is on the small ‘baby card’ which may have been issued by the staff at the Maternity Ward stating the baby’s weight, time of birth etc.


At the time of registration of a birth, a number of details are recorded on the full, long form certificate such as:

• When & where born
• Name
• Sex
• Name & surname of father
• Name, surname and maiden name of mother
• Occupation of father
• Signature, description and residence of informant
• When registered
• Signature of registrar
• Name entered after registration


Before 1969, the child’s surname was not registered. The gender was noted as boy or girl. The certificate format is landscape. However, from 1969 onwards, the child’s surname is recorded. The gender was noted as male or female. The certificate format is portrait. 


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