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Births, marriages, deaths & nationality Register a birth

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 married or 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 married or 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.

If the baby's mother and second female parent were married to each other, or in a civil partnership, at the time of conception, either parent may register.

If the mother and second female parent were not married, or in a civil partnership, at the time of conception, the mother may register alone, but the second parent's details can only be entered if they attend to register together.

If this is difficult the mother or second parent may make a statutory declaration using a prescribed form (please contact us for further details), or the second parent'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.


Different options are available to gay men depending on their specific circumstances.


Please telephone us, on 0161 234 5005,  if you would like further advice and information .

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:

  • Benchill
  • Cheetham
  • Clayton
  • Gorton
  • Harpurhey
  • Longsight
  • 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 or to find out more about the service available.

Bury residents - 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 or to find out more about the service available.

Rochdale residents - From 13 May 2014, a special arrangement has been made to allow Rochdale residents, whose babies are born in Manchester hospitals, to register the birth at Rochdale Register Office. Contact them directly to make an appointment, or to find out more about the service available.

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.

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