You need to register your baby to get a birth certificate. You can then use this to claim Child Benefit and any other family-related benefits.
When to register a birth
You must register the birth within 42 days of the child being born. If you've been unable to register the birth due to COVID-19, you'll need to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Who can register a birth
Who can register a birth depends on the individual circumstances of the parents.
Where to register a birth
You can register a birth with us at
Rochdale Register Office.
You should register a birth with us if:
How to register a birth in the borough of Rochdale
- Ring us to make an appointment at Rochdale Register Office during the opening hours listed on this page.
- Take all the information you need to the appointment and one form of identification.
Visit GOV.UK to find out what you need to bring.
- At the appointment you'll be given a copy of the register page. Please check it's correct. If you find a mistake after it's signed, you'll need to apply for a correction and pay a fee.
- You'll be asked to sign the register page.
Attending your appointment
Due to COVID-19 we've had to bring in a few new measures to help us work safely and provide a safer environment for customers.
- If you can't attend your appointment, please ring us as soon as possible using the contact details on this page - our appointments are very much in demand.
- Do not attend if you've any coronavirus symptoms or are self isolating.
- There will be no waiting area. Please arrive at your given appointment time. If you're late, you'll need to book another appointment. If you're travelling by car, please allow extra time for parking as it can be extremely busy.
- You must only enter the office through the door marked entrance at the top of the ramp.
- Only the persons required by law to register the birth can attend. You'll have been advised when making your appointment.
- Please do not bring a pram, baby or other children. If this is not possible, please contact us for advice.
- Toilet facilities will not be available.
- Please bring identification for both parents (if applicable) and proof of address. If you're married, please also bring your marriage certificate.
How much it costs
It's FREE to register a birth.
However, it costs:
- £11 to purchase a standard birth certificate at the time of registration. Central government set the price for certificates.
- £75 to apply for a correction if you find a mistake on the birth certificate after it's signed. Or £90 if the correction needs to be considered by the Registrar General.
To reduce cash handing during COVID-19 we'd prefer you to pay by card.
You can pay for another copy or a replacement copy of the birth certificate at any time after registering.
Apply for a copy birth certificate.