What information will I need to give the Registrar?
About the Baby
- The date and place of the baby's birth. In case of twins, triplets, etc., the time of each baby's birth will be needed.
- The sex of the baby.
- The first names and surname in which the baby will be brought up.
About the Mother
- Her first names and surname, and any surname she used before marriage.
- Her date and place of birth.
- Her address.
- Her occupation, if she was employed at any time prior to the birth.
- Her date of marriage, if applicable.
- The number of previous children.
About the Father (If these details are to be entered into the register)
- His first names and surname.
- His date and place of birth.
- His occupation at the time of the baby's birth or, if not employed, his previous occupation.
What certificates will I receive?
There are two types of birth certificate;
- A short certificate containing only the child's name and date of birth. This is issued free at registration; or
- A full certificate containing parental details along with the child's name and date of birth. There is a fee for this.
You can buy more copies of short and full certificates at the time of registration, or at a later date.
When do I register baby's birth?
Your baby's birth must be registered no more than 42 days after he or she was born.
Where can I register a birth?
You can register at any register office in England and Wales.
If you register at the register office in the district where the baby was born we'll give you the certificates you need when you register.
If you register at another office, the registrar will then send your details and payment to the appropriate register office. That office will then post the birth certificate to you.
Who can register a birth?
It is usual for the baby's mother to register the birth. The baby's father can register if he was married to the mother at the time of the birth.
If the baby's mother and father are not married, the father's details can be entered into the register if both parents attend together to register the birth. If this is not possible, please contact a Registrar for advice.
To make an appointment please contact;
Hanley Town Hall
Tel: 01782 235260
Out of hours tel no: Stoke-on-call - 01782 234234
Fax 01782 235258