Registering a birth When your baby is born, you must register the birth within 42 days. To register the birth you need to make an appointment with us. How to make an appointment To book an appointment phone 0161 912 3026 between 9.00am-4.00pm Monday to Friday. If you are struggling to get through to us to make an appointment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and we will endeavour to contact you within 5 working days. Attending an appointment How to get a birth certificate Birth certificates are £11 each, the payment will be taken by card only on arrival for the appointment. What information is needed Ensure that you know all the information required for the birth registration before attending our office. If you attend and you do not know this information you will need to make another appointment. This is what you need: Date of birthName(s) and surname of the childSexPlace of birthFather’s / 2nd female parent’s name(s) and surnameFather’s / 2nd female parent’s place of birthFather’s/2nd female parent’s occupationMother’s name(s) and surnameMother’s maiden surnameMother’s place of birthMother’s occupationMother’s usual addressYour details Back to topDate of birth Date on which child was born. If a multiple birth also provide the time. Back to topName(s) and surname of the child This is the name(s) and surname in which you intend the child to be brought up. Back to topSex Male or Female Back to topPlace of birth This should be the usual name and address of the hospital or the address of the house the child was born in. Back to topFather’s / 2nd female parent’s name(s) and surname This is the name(s) and surname that the father/parent was known by at the time of the birth. If they have changed name or surname at any stage the other names should also be provided. Back to topFather’s / 2nd female parent’s place of birth If the father/parent was born in the United Kingdom you should provide the London Borough; Borough; or the town or village and county. If they were born outside of the United Kingdom you should provide the name of the country. Back to topFather’s/2nd female parent’s occupation This should be the occupation the father/parent had at the time of the birth. If not working, you may provide the last occupation had. Back to topMother’s name(s) and surname This is the name(s) and surname that the mother was known by at the time of the birth. If the mother has changed her name or surname at any stage, the other names should also be provided. Back to topMother’s maiden surname This is the name the mother entered into her first marriage or civil partnership. The registrar will also ask if the mother has used any other names at the time of any other marriages or civil partnerships. Back to topMother’s place of birth If the mother was born in the United Kingdom you should provide the London Borough; Borough; or the town or village and county. If she was born outside of the United Kingdom you should provide the name of the country. Back to topMother’s occupation This should be the occupation the mother had at the time of the birth. You may provide the last occupation had. Back to topMother’s usual address The full postal address should be given. Back to topYour details If you are not the mother or the father you should state your name, address and your relationship to the child. For example were you present at the birth or have custody of the child? Equal parental responsibility Unmarried fathers get equal parental responsibility. All that is necessary is for both parents to register the birth of your baby together. The change to the regulations, introduced on the 1 December 2003, is not retrospective, so fathers who are not married to the mother of a child born before 1 December 2003 can still only get parental responsibility either by: Making a written agreement with the mother Applying to the court for a parental responsibility order Parental responsibility for your child gives you important legal rights as well as responsibilities. Without it, you don't have any right to be involved in decisions such as where they live, their education, religion or medical treatment. With parental responsibility, you are treated in law as the child's parent, and you take equal responsibility for bringing them up. Family Lives (Parentline Plus) have a free helpline where you can talk through the options and ask for advice. Call them on Family Lives 0808 800 2222 or textphone 0800 783 6783.