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.

If you cannot attend your appointment, please let us know. We are experiencing a high demand of appointments and failure to attend your appointment impacts on our availability for all customers who require our services.

We operate a strict appointment system and if you do arrive late we cannot guarantee that you will be seen and you may be asked to make another appointment.

We will still be undertaking some safety measures within the building including ventilation in communal areas and offices.

We strongly advise you also wear masks on entering the building and throughout communal areas. Please also make use of the hand sanitisation available.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Certificates

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 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

Name
The Register Office
Address
Town Hall
Chorley Road
Swinton
Salford
M27 5DA
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This page was last updated on 16 June 2022

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