Register a birth

You must make an appointment by telephone to register a birth. Please call 0161 793 2500 to arrange your appointment.

Births in England or Wales must be registered in the district in which they take place although this may be arranged through any register office within these countries.

The main act and regulations governing the registration of births and death are:

  • The Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 (as amended)
  • The Registration of Births and Deaths Regulations 1987 (as amended), and
  • The Registration of Births and Deaths (Welsh Language) Regulations 1987 (as amended)

When to register

Every birth in England or Wales must be registered in the district in which it takes place within 42 days of the date of birth.

Where to register

A birth must be registered in the district where it occurred. If the birth was in the Salford area you should register at Salford register office.

You can also register at Broughton Hub on Wednesdays only by appointment.

If attending that register office is not convenient, then you can give the details at any register office in England or Wales. They will send the information to the correct register office for you.

The register office of the district where the birth took place will post you any birth certificates you require and a form to register your baby with a doctor.

Born outside of Salford

If you are a Salford resident but your baby was born at a Manchester or Bolton hospital you can now register at Salford register office where you can sign the register and receive the first birth certificate in person.

An appointment only system operates at Salford's register office. Please telephone 0161 793 2500 to make an appointment to see the registrar.

How to register

If parents are married when the baby is born, either parent may register the birth.

However, if the baby's parents are not married, and they want the father's details to be included in the register, both parents should attend the office together to register the birth.

If the parents are not married it is not necessary to have the father's details in the register. If his details are not entered at the time of registration, there are special procedures for them to be added later if required. There may be other options in some cases. Contact a registrar for more information.

Meeting the registrar

You will be seen in private and asked questions about the baby and his or her parents.

The registrar will write the details in the birth register and enter them on to a computer.

Signing the register

You will be asked to check the information entered in the register carefully and to sign that it is correct. Please ensure you read through all the details thoroughly and check all spellings are shown correctly.

A mistake can be corrected before you sign the register. However, if you notice an error after the registration and wish for it to be corrected there will be a fee to pay which will be £75 or £90 dependent on the type of correction you require.

Information needed to register

You will be asked for the following:

  • The date and place of birth. If the birth is one of twins, etc, then the times of births will be required
  • The baby's first name, last name and sex
  • The baby's parents' names, dates and place of birth
  • The baby's parents' occupations
  • The baby's parents' address(es)
  • The baby's mother's maiden name
  • The date of the baby's parents' marriage and number of previous children

Documents you will need to bring

  • For each parent who attends you will need to bring proof of your identity. This must be a passport or a full birth certificate.
  • If you are married or have entered into a civil partnership you will need to bring your marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate.
  • For each parent who attends you will need to bring proof of address which may be a driving licence, recent utility bill or your council tax bill.


The fee for a certificate is £4 at the time of registration. This is for a short certificate which shows the name and date of birth of the child, or a standard certificate which shows the parents details. Please note for any passport applications you need the standard certificate.

After the date of registration any further certificates required will be £7 plus £1 administration fee if you apply by post or by telephone. Certificates issued for this fee will be processed within seven working days.

If you require the certificate straight away there will be a supplementary £15 fee to pay for a priority service, in addition to the certificate cost.

Who to contact

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Contact us online

The Register Office
Town Hall
Chorley Road
M27 5DA
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This page was last updated on 17 October 2017

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