Register a birth
Changes to registration services
To keep customers and staff safe during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and to use our limited resources in the best way possible we have made changes to our registration services.
You can book an appointment to register a birth. Appointments at Chester Register Office are available now and appointments at Ellesmere Port and Winsford will be made available shortly.
- For babies born in February and March, please book an appointment as soon as possible.
- For April babies an appointment from 1 July onwards should be booked.
- For all other babies an appointment may be booked from 1 July, but the appointment should not be any sooner than 14 days after the baby was born or baby’s mother’s discharge from hospital.
Your appointment will take around 20 minutes and there is no charge.
Please note: birth registrations are required to be carried out at a face to face appointment with a registrar. For your safety we have introduced measures such as screens, hand sanitiser and we will be using larger rooms to allow social distancing.
It is not essential to bring any documents with you to the appointment. However, it is helpful if parents provide at least one document from the list below to ensure that the registration is completed accurately and to reduce future corrections. There is a fee for corrections to be made in a completed birth record.
- Driving licence
- Council tax bill
- Birth certificate
- Marriage/civil partnership certificate
- Utility bill
It would be useful to bring the red birth book if you were issued with one by the hospital.
Book an appointment
We will not be providing a birth certificate at your appointment, this is to remove the need for unnecessary contact. Certificates cost £11 and can be ordered online afterwards. We are giving priority to certificates ordered in relation to recent births and deaths i.e. that have happened since February 2020.
Order a certificate online
We will accept email orders for copy certificates, but these will be dealt with as lower priority and would encourage all customers to order online if they can, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Births are usually registered in the district where the birth occurred. However, it is possible to give a declaration of particulars at any register office in England and Wales. The details will be sent to the appropriate register office and if you have made arrangements to purchase your child's certificate it will be sent to you after a short delay.
We would be happy to help you celebrate the arrival of your new family member with a naming ceremony. Our friendly and experienced celebrants can conduct the ceremony for you.
Further information about registering a birth
More information about registering a birth, how to add a parent’s details to a birth entry and how to re-register following parent’s marriage can be found on the Gov.uk website.