Registering a birth Making a birth registration appointment Do I need an appointment? To book an appointment please telephone 0161 912 3026 between 9.00am-4.00pm Monday to Friday. Due to the current unprecedented demand on our phone lines, if you are struggling to get through to us to make an appointment to register your new baby, please email us at email@example.com with your contact details and we will endeavour to contact you within 5 working days. Attending an appointment Important You must not attend Trafford register office if you have tested positive for COVID-19, or if you are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19. Please read all of the following important instructions before attending your appointment: Only the person / people essential for the registration should attend the appointment. This means if you are married or in a civil partnership only one parent should attend and if you are not married or in a civil partnership both should attend. From 19th July 2021 staff at Trafford Register Office will be encouraging all visitors to wear a face covering and sanitise when entering the building. Hand sanitisers are stationed throughout the building. You must arrive on time for your appointment. If you arrive late you may be required to book another appointment. Your appointment will last around 20 to 30 minutes. How do I obtain a birth certificate? Birth certificates are £11 each, the payment will be taken by card ONLY on arrival for the appointment. What information is required for the registration Please 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: Date of birthDate on which child was born (if a multiple birth please also provide the time).Name(s) and surname of the childThis is the name(s) and surname in which you intend the child to be brought up.SexMale or FemalePlace of birthThis should be the usual name and address of the hospital or the address of the house the child was born in.Father’s / 2nd female parent’s name(s) and surnameThis 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.Father’s / 2nd female parent’s place of birthIf 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 countryFather’s/2nd female parent’s occupationThis should be the occupation the father/parent had at the time of the birth. If not working, you may provide the last occupation had.Mother’s name(s) and surnameThis 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.Mother’s maiden surnameThis 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 partnershipsMother’s place of birthIf 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.Mother’s occupationThis should be the occupation the mother had at the time of the birth. You may provide the last occupation had.Mother’s usual addressThe full postal address should be given.Your detailsIf you are not the mother or the father you should state your name, address and your relationship to the child (e.g. 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.