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Register a birth
Visitors to the Register Office
Although face coverings are no longer mandatory, our staff will continue to wear them during appointments with the public, particularly since coronavirus cases remain high in Warrington. Therefore, we request you wear a face covering throughout your visit (unless exempt).
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.
Who can register the birth
Who can register the birth depends on your personal circumstances. Find out who can register a birth on the government's website.
Where to register the birth
If your baby was born in Warrington you must register at Warrington Register Office, whether or not you live here. You have to make an appointment.
Making an appointment
- Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.30pm
- Appointments aren’t available on weekends or bank holidays
During your appointment we’ll ask about your baby:
- Their first name, middle name(s) and surname
- Whether they are a boy or a girl
- When they were born – this will just be the date, unless you’re registering twins or triplets etc, in which case we’ll also need the time when each baby was born
And we’ll ask about you, and the baby’s other parent if you’re both being included on the birth certificate:
- if the child's parents were married to each other, or in a civil partnership at the time of the child's birth, either parent may attend the Register Office for the appointment.
- If the child's parents were not married to each other, or in a civil partnership at the time of birth, and both parents wish to be named on the birth certificate, both parents must be present at the appointment. If a the second parent's details are not to be included on the birth certificate, the child's mother alone may attend the appointment.
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.
During the appointment, the registrar will ask you for the following information:
- Your name and address
- Your occupation
- Where and when you were born
- If you have any other children
- Any previous names or surnames
- The date of your marriage or civil partnership (if this applies)
Your Registrar will then ask you to check and sign the register page – please bring your own pen (blue or black ink).
It’s really useful if you can also bring:
- Your passport(s) or,
- Your driving licence(s) or,
- A recent utility bill
- and your marriage or civil partnership certificate, if this applies
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.
There are two types of birth certificates:
- a short one which shows only your baby’s name, gender, date and place of birth
- a longer one which also shows information about you as the parent(s)
You will be able to purchase birth certificates at your appointment. Please note, 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. Find out about ordering a copy of a birth certificate.
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.