Register a birth

From Monday 8 June 2020 you will be able to make an appointment to register the birth of your child.

You can make an appointment online. Or telephone 0161 793 2500 if you are unable to use the online appointment system.

You should not make an appointment if you or any member of your household has or is displaying symptoms of the Covid-19 virus. You must ensure you follow the government guidance and self isolate for 14 days before making your appointment.

What to expect when you arrive

Face coverings must be worn at all times unless you are medically exempt.

The Register Office is operating a strict social distancing policy throughout our offices and you will not be able to access the building without an appointment. Your safety as well as the safety of our Registrars’ is very important, and therefore we will ask that you hand sanitize on entering and exiting the building as well as during your appointment.

We will ensure the social distancing measures are followed by asking you to attend on your own if you are a married couple (as mother or father are able to register). If you are not married, you may attend together as this is required to enter father’s details into the register.

We respectfully ask that all our customers do not bring any prams or children into the office. If you do need to bring your baby with you, you must bring a baby carrier and not a pram.

You should plan your journey to arrive no later than five minutes before your appointment time. You will need to wait outside the Register Office entrance until the doorway is clear. You should then ring the intercom at your appointment time to notify us that you have arrived. We have to be strict in ensuring our customers only enter the building at the allocated appointment time to maintain the safety of all customers and staff. You will not be able to complete the birth registration if you arrive any later than your appointment time. Unfortunately if you do arrive any later we will ask you to make another appointment. This is to ensure we have the minimum customers attending at each appointment time.

We will be operating a strict entrance policy, ensuring only one appointment at a time enters the building. We do ask that you follow the social distancing guidance outside the building and markers are in place for you to stand whilst you wait for access.

Only one person (maximum two) can come to the door to gain access to the building. You will be asked for your name and your appointment time via the intercom. Once this is confirmed you will enter the building and be directed where to go. Please therefore do not come to the Register Office door, until the previous customer(s) have entered and the doorway is clear.

Please be aware there will be no access to toilets or baby changing facilities during this time, to ensure the government guidelines are followed.

We are operating a one-way system for your safety and therefore when you have completed the registration, you will be shown where to exit.

Disabled access

If you require disabled access please do not book your appointment online. You will need to telephone 0161 793 2500. This is so we can book your appointment for you at a suitable and convenient time, allowing you access to the building whilst maintaining your own safety.

Booking information

When you book your appointment you will be sent confirmation of your date and time and what to bring with you to the appointment.

Make an appointment online

Details of how to change or cancel your appointment will be included in your confirmation email once you have booked an appointment.

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.

We are aware that many birth registrations will have missed this deadline. Please do not worry about this and make your appointment at your earliest convenience.

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.

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.

If your child was born in any other area there is no facility to register the birth in Salford.

How to register

If parents are married when the baby is born, either parent may register the birth. Please ensure only one parent attends the office to register.

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. You can register without the father’s details but add those at a later date if you wish. You can do this by re-registering. This means if you later marry the child’s natural father or simply wish to add his details you can apply by completing an application form.

Meeting the registrar

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

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. You will be asked to wipe the pen clean after use and also to hand sanitise for your protection.

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.


Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we will only issue a maximum of two certificates. The Registrar will ask you to place the certificates in a birth wallet and ask you to hand sanitise after you have done this.

The fee for a certificate is £11 at the time of registration. We can only accept payment by debit or credit card. If you do not have a card available at your appointment you can apply online at a later date for a certificate or any further copies.

After the date of registration any further certificates required will be £12 per certificate including postage if you apply online (unavailable at the moment) or by post or by telephone. Certificates issued for this fee will be processed within seven working days.

Any certificates applied for online will be processed within 7 working days and posted out first class.

Who to contact

Remember you can contact us quicker, easier, better online.

Contact us online

The Register Office
Town Hall
Chorley Road
M27 5DA
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This page was last updated on 13 July 2020

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