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To register a birth, you must book an appointment to visit us at the Register Office. You must do this no more than 42 days after the birth.
Who can register the birth depends on your personal circumstances. Find out who can register a birth on the government's website.
As a quick reference guide:
During the appointment, the registrar will ask you for the following information:
Your registrar will then ask you to check and sign the register page.
It’s really useful if you can also bring:
But don’t worry if you don’t have these documents available, you may still sign the register page without them. However, it can cost you between £75 and £90 if you need to correct or add any information at a later date. So before you sign the register, please make sure you check all the information carefully.
If English is not your first language and you feel you may need the help of an interpreter, please ensure someone who can interpret for you is also present at your appointment.
Our office is located at 1 Time Square, Warrington, WA1 2NT
For the safety of staff and visitors, we can only accommodate up to two households in our reception area at any one time. During busy periods you may therefore be asked to wait outside until your Registrar is ready for you. Please be prepared for inclement weather in case you do have to wait outside.
We are open for appointments between 9am and 4:30 on Monday to Friday. We are not available for appointments at weekends nor bank holidays.
You will be able to purchase Birth Certificates at your appointment
There are two types of birth certificates:
please note, the short Birth Certificate is not a legal document and cannot be used for identification purposes
If you choose to buy a Birth Certificate at your appointment, we are unable to accept cash or cheques at the moment. Payment for certificates can be made with credit/debit cards only.
You will be able to order birth certificates online at any point immediately after your appointment.
It’s free to book an appointment and register a birth, but there is a cost if you want to buy a copy of the birth certificate.
You can order your birth certificate online
We offer a priority service along with our standard service: