Registering the Birth


The birth registration creates a legal record of your baby’s birth and legal name. As soon as possible after the birth of your baby (within 30 days), you must fill out the Registration of Live Birth form. Send this form to any Vital Statistics office or Government Agent’s office. There is no cost if you do this within 30 days of your baby’s birth. Normally, both parents sign the registration form. If the father does not sign it, none of his personal information can be registered or printed on the baby’s birth certificate.

The Registration of Live Birth form is available from:

  • the hospital where you give birth
  • your midwife, if you give birth at home
  • any Vital Statistics office
  • the government website: www.vs.gov.bc.ca/forms

If you need help filling out your form, contact your local Vital Statistics Office (Victoria) 1.888.876.1633