Births, deaths and ceremonies Registering a birth

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New birth registration - where can I register the birth?

A birth can only be registered in the registration district in which it took place. If the birth took place outside of Shropshire you can attend one of our register offices and complete a declaration this will be then sent to the registration district in which the birth took place, If you choose to register the birth by declaration, the birth certificates are only available from the office where the birth is registered, and not where the birth declaration was made.

When can you complete a birth registration?

It's possible to register your baby as soon as the birth has taken place. It's a legal requirement for your baby’s birth to be registered within 42 days.

Who can complete a birth registration?

If the mother and father/second parent of the child were married to each other at the time of the birth, either parent may register the birth.

If the mother and father/second parent of the child were not married to each other at the time of the birth, the mother alone may register the birth. The father's/second parent's details can only be entered into the register if they are present at the time of the registration. If there are difficulties in attending to register or in making a declaration of particulars, please call the register office to discuss the situation.

  • In certain circumstances another person may qualify as an informant but this is a very rare occurrence. If you think that this may be the case then you should contact the register office for further advice registrars@shropshire.gov.uk

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about who can register a birth.

You can also find out further information about the process for same-sex couples.

How do I register?

You're able to register a birth in Shropshire at one of our register offices.

The registration process usually takes between 15 and 20 minutes to complete. Please bring your child’s ‘red book’ (personal child health record) with you for the Registrar to see the NHS number.

You may also want to bring identification, which can be useful if you have an unusual spelling of names (but this is not a requirement).

When you attend to register the birth, the Registrar will need to know the following information:

Information about the baby

  • The date and place of your baby’s birth. If the birth is a multiple one (twins, triplets etc) then the time of each baby’s birth will also be required
  • The baby’s sex
  • The forenames and surname in which it is intended that the baby will be brought up

Information about the father/second parent

(Where these details are to be entered in the register)

  • The father’s/  second parent forenames and surname
  • The father’s/ second parent  date and place of birth (town and country if born in the UK; country if born overseas)
  • The father’s/ second parent  occupation at the time of the baby’s birth or, if he was not employed at that time, the occupation he last followed
  • The father’s/ second parent address (if he is not married to the mother and not living at the same address)

Information about the mother

  • The mother’s forenames and surname (a maiden surname will also be required if the mother is, or ever has been, married)
  • The mother’s date and place of birth (town and country if born in the UK; country if born overseas)
  • The mother’s usual address at the time of birth
  • The mother’s occupation (if the mother is no longer working but had been employed at any time before the birth this occupation can be entered in the register if the mother so wishes)
  • The total number of previous children
  • If the mother was married to the baby’s father at the time of the birth the registrar will need to know the date of that marriage

It's most important that the information recorded in the register is correct. If a mistake is made in the register entry, it may not be possible to make a correction later so please spend time double-checking the registration details at the end of the appointment. If a correction is possible, there is a statutory fee of up to £99 per correction depending on the type of correction.

You can also find out further information about the process for same-sex couples.

How do I obtain a birth certificate?

Certificates cost £12.50 and you can purchase as many as you need at your appointment. We accept card payments only.

If you're registering by declaration, you will need to contact the district in which the birth occurred to obtain birth certificates after you have attended your appointment.

If your child’s birth has already been registered and you wish to apply for a birth certificate from Shropshire Registration Service, please call 0345 6789016.

 Please see obtaining a copy of a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate.

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