Registering a birth
Read the following before booking
Changes implemented to the Government IT system used to register births has introduced system instability. You may therefore have to wait longer than usual for an appointment due to appointments having to be extended to cope with this instability. We are sorry for any inconvenience or distress that this may cause. The General Register Office is currently unable to provide a timescale for when the system will be restored to a reliable and stable state.
We continue to review this situation and more birth appointments will be released as soon as possible. Due to Covid-19 these appointments will only be available in Crewe at the Register Office for Cheshire East.
Please note that we are only able to register births that took place Cheshire East. If your child was born outside Cheshire East, you should contact the register office for that area. For example, if your baby was born at Wythenshawe Hospital you should contact Manchester Registration Service. If your baby was born at Stepping Hill Hospital you should contact Stockport Registration Service.
The UK government has suspended the 42 day limit to register a birth during the Covid-19 emergency.
The safety of our team and customers is of utmost importance to us:
If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or are displaying symptoms associated with Covid-19 do not attend your appointment. If you have any other symptoms of illness, please reschedule your appointment by phoning 0300 123 5019.
Only those required for the registration will be admitted to the building for the appointment.
Arrive at your appointment time. Do not arrive early as we may need to limit the number of people in our reception and ask you to wait outside of the building. If you are late for your appointment, it will not be possible for you to be seen and a further appointment will be need to be booked.
Please do not bring any children to your appointment unless there is absolutely no alternative. We cannot accommodate more than 3 people (including babies) at any appointment, so please book a time when you can attend with a maximum of 3 of you. Please note also that prams/pushchairs will not be allowed in the building. There will be no changing facilities available. If you are unable to arrange childcare, please do not book an appointment.
You will be required to use hand sanitiser and observe social distancing whilst in the Register Office.
If the parents are married or legal civil partners, only one parent should attend. For unmarried parents, the mother must attend. If the details of the father/second parent are to be added to the registration, both parents have to attend and they cannot be seen separately.
You can book an appointment online below. When you book your appointment online you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, it means that the appointment has not been booked in our diary.
Book an appointment online
Or book an appointment by phoning 0300 123 5019.
The fee for a birth certificate is £11.00. The registrar is unable to take payment for a birth certificate during the appointment. You can pay for certificates in advance when booking online.
You can also pre pay for your certificate at Registration Service online payments
Please add the name of child you are registering, their date of birth and place of birth as reference. Bring your email receipt to your appointment. Without this we will not be able to issue certificates.
If you prefer, you can order certificates online after the registration appointment apply for a birth certificate. The fee is £11.00 per certificate plus postage of £1.00. Your certificates will be posted to you within 5 working days.
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.
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.
Your appointment with the registrar will be held in private and will take about 20 minutes.