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Register a birth

The birth of your child should be registered within 42 days. It is necessary to make an appointment to register a birth. Local offices and part time outstations are available - details can be found on the contact and opening hours web page below.

You can book an appointment to register a birth online below. If you wish to book an appointment at Frodsham library please telephone 0300 123 7037.  

Your appointment will take around 20 minutes and there is no charge

Due to a change in the law the cost of certificates will change from 16 February 2019. All standard certificates will cost £11 each

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.

Please note: from 1 November 2017 there will be a fee for corrections to be made in a completed birth record

  • Passport
  • 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 to register a birth

Birth certificates

  • A full birth certificate includes the parent(s) details, and costs £11. It is required for most legal and official purposes. 
  • A short birth certificate shows only the child's name and date of birth which is also available for a fee of £11.

You can order certificates online at a later date.

Birth declaration

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.

Naming ceremony

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.

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