Registering your baby
You have a legal responsibility to register your baby within 42 days of the birth.
Since 1 November 2017, due to legislative changes, we no longer issue a free short birth certificate. All certificates must be paid for.
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 email email@example.com
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. In these circumstances, either parent may register the birth.
- 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. In these circumstances, the mother may register the birth 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Different options are available to gay men depending on their circumstances.
Where a birth should 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.
If it is more convenient, it may be possible to give the details of the birth at another Register Office by making a declaration. Please note, not all Register Offices are able to attest declarations so you should check with your local office before making an appointment. If you wish to obtain a copy of the standard birth certificate, at a cost of £11, you will need to provide a cheque or postal order, made payable to "Manchester City Council", to the registrar taking the declaration. Alternatively, you can order the certificate online, once the birth has been registered. You will not receive a free birth certificate once the birth has been registered.
In order to apply for Child Benefit you will need to have registered your baby's birth and purchased a birth certificate. Information about Child Benefit can be found on GOV.UK including the Child Benefit claim form CH2.
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.