Registering your baby
You need to register your baby in order to obtain a birth certificate. You can then use this to claim child benefit and any other family-related benefits.
Who can register a birth?
Opposite sex couples
If the baby's mother and father were married to each other at the time of the birth, either parent may register.
If the mother and father were not married at the time of the birth, the mother may register alone, but the father's details can only be entered if they attend to register together.
If this is difficult the mother or father may make a statutory declaration using a prescribed form (please contact us for further details), or the father's details can be added by re-registering the child at a later date. Other people may register the birth in exceptional circumstances. For further information please contact us on 0161 234 5005.
Same sex couples
Same sex couples can now become equal legal parents of children they conceive together or conceive through a surrogate.
Lesbian couples who are civil partners at the time of the conception and conceive a child through artificial insemination will both automatically be treated as their child's legal parents.
Lesbian couples who are not civil partners at the time of conception but who conceive together through a fertility clinic in the UK licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority may also be treated as legal parents.
Different options are available to gay men depending on their specific circumstances.
If the baby has been born to a same-sex couple, please telephone us for further advice and information on 0161 234 5005.
Further information can also be obtained from the Stonewall website - guide to 'Parenthood for same-sex couples'
When do you have to register your baby?
By law, you must register a birth within six weeks (42 days).
Where should a birth be registered?
A birth should be registered in the district where it occurred. If the birth occurred within the City of Manchester, you need to make an appointment with the Manchester Register Office.
You can also register at the local Sure Start centre, if you live in:
- Rusholme (Moss Side/Fallowfield)
If it is more convenient, details of the birth may be given at another Register Office by making a declaration.
In this case your baby's documents will be sent to you in the post from the Manchester Office, when the declaration has been received.
Trafford residents - following the closure of the maternity unit at Trafford General, a special arrangement has been made to allow Trafford residents, whose babies are born in Manchester, to register the birth at Trafford Register Office. Contact them directly to make an appointment.
Salford residents - following the replacement of the maternity unit at Salford Royal University Teaching Hospital, with a mid-wife-led birth centre, a special arrangement has been made to allow Salford residents, whose babies are born in Manchester hospitals, to register the birth at Salford Register Office. Contact them directly to make an appointment.
Bury residents - from 12 March 2012, following the closure of the maternity unit at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, a special arrangement has been made to allow Bury residents, whose babies are born in Manchester hospitals, to register the birth at Bury Register Office. Contact them directly to make an appointment.
Civil Naming Ceremonies
Why not welcome your new arrival with a day to remember, together with your family and friends? If you are interested in having a Civil Naming Ceremony, please contact Manchester Registration Service.