Register a birth
You must register the birth of your child within 42 days of the birth.
Where to find help
- Telephone: 0300 123 7037
- Find your nearest register office
Your appointment will take around 20 minutes.
It is free of charge to register a birth.
If your baby is born at the Countess of Chester Hospital you may be able to register the birth during your stay.
The registrar will give you a free short birth certificate showing the baby’s name, sex and date of birth.
However, for most legal purposes you will need a full birth certificate. A full birth certificate (or an additional short certificate) costs £4 if bought at the time of registration.
You can order certificates at a later date, the fee will be either £7 or £10.
You can also celebrate the arrival of a new family member with a naming ceremony.