Register a birth

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 can buy a certificate when you register for £4 each.
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 of your baby at the register office at Hanley Town Hall or with a registrar in the maternity unit at Royal Stoke University Hospital (if your baby was born there).

At the hospital, you can book an appointment to register before you are discharged. The registrar at the hospital is on the first floor of the maternity unit, next to the waiting area. 

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 or father  can register birth if they were married to each other at the time of the birth. If the baby's parents 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.

There are two types of birth certificate you can buy when you register a birth:
  • short certificate containing only the child's name and date of birth
  • full certificate containing parental details along with the child's name and date of birth