There are two types of birth certificate:
- short certificate containing only the child's name and date of birth. This is given to you for free when you register the birth
- full certificate containing parental details along with the child's name and date of birth. There is a fee for this.
Your baby's birth must be registered no more than 42 days after he or she was born.
If you register in the district where the baby was born you will be given the certificate 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.
In Stoke-on-Trent you can register the birth or your baby at the Register Office at Hanley Town Hall or with a registrar based in the maternity unit at Royal Stoke University Hospital. You will need to make an appointment.
The baby's mother usually registers the birth but 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. Contact us if this is not possible.