Registering a birth

Where to register the birth

If your baby was born in Cheshire East, the birth can be registered in any one of our registration offices.

To make an appointment with the Registration Service, call 0300 123 5019. Staff will arrange your appointment, tell you what you will need to take with you and help you with any queries.

If you live outside Cheshire East or your baby was born outside Cheshire East, you may make a declaration of birth at the Register Office in Crewe.

The details will be sent to the appropriate district and the birth certificate will be posted to you. Please contact your local Register Office for further information.

Information the registrar will ask for

  • date and place of birth of the baby
  • sex of the baby
  • baby's full names and surname
  • dates and place of birth of the parents
  • parents' occupations
  • mother’s maiden name
  • date of the parents' marriage (if applicable)
  • where the parents are living

Please bring the baby's red record book, if available, when you attend for your appointment.

To help ensure the accuracy of the information recorded in the register, it would be helpful if you could bring supporting documents with you (eg passport, driving licence, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates).

Accurate records will reduce the need for corrections to the entry in the future.  Please note that there will be an additional fee to pay if a correction needs to be made to a birth entry.

Do not worry if any of these documents are not available as the registrar can still register the birth.
 
 You may wish to buy a full birth certificate at the time of registration.  A full birth certificate is needed for a number of official purposes, eg to get a passport for your child  There is a small charge for this certificate. 

Options for registering a birth

Either parent may register the birth if the parents are married. If they are not married and the father's details are to be included in the birth entry, then both parents must attend together.

Parent Line Plus has a free helpline you can call to ask about your options when registering your child's birth.

If the mother and father are not married and the father's name is not entered in the birth register, it is possible for his details to be added at a later date.

This is known as re-registration of a birth and may be done providing both parents agree. For further information, please contact the Register Office where the birth was originally registered.

Appointments

Your appointment with the registrar will be held in private and will take about 20 minutes.

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