Births registration | Births registration | Oldham Council

Who should register?

If the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth either the mother or father can register the birth. Due to coronavirus and the need for social distancing only one of you should attend the appointment.

If the parents were not married to each other the simplest way is for both parents to attend to register together.

If this is not possible there are 3 other ways the father’s details can be registered:

1. The Father or mother who will not be attending to register fills in a formbefore a justice of the peace, solicitor or notary public who will then sign and date the form. The other parent then attends to register alone and brings the completed form with them. There is likely to be a charge for this by the solicitor (etc). Copies of the form (statutory declaration of parentage) are available at all register offices.

2. In some cases a court order will be made naming the father. In this case the mother can register the birth alone but please contact the register office first.

3. If neither the mother nor the father are able to attend, registration can be undertaken by one of these people:

  • the occupier of the house or hospital where the child was born
  • someone who was present at the birth
  • someone who is responsible for the child

Who can register a birth - GOV.UK website

What surname can the child be given?

The mother of the child can give the child any first and surname she chooses. She may give the child the father’s surname if she wants and she does not need the father’s permission to do this.

A man registered on the birth certificate as the father of the child has no right to insist that the child is given a particular name, for example, his surname.

A married couple can also choose any surname for their child. It does not have to be the name of either of the parents.

Once a surname has been recorded it can only be changed if:

  • the parents apply to re-register the baby because they were not married when the baby’s birth was first registered and the father’s details were not recorded, or
  • the parents marry each other after the child was born. The birth must be re-registered in this case even if the baby was given the father’s surname when the baby’s birth was first registered.

What information will the register office need?

About the baby

  • The date of the baby’s birth (if the baby is one of twins the time of the birth is also needed)
  • The place of the baby’s birth
  • The sex of the child
  • The forename(s) and surname

About the father

  • His forename and surname
  • His date and place of birth
  • His occupation or if not employed at that time, the last occupation

About the mother

  • Her forename and surname
  • Maiden surname if the mother is, or has been, married
  • Her date and place of birth
  • Her occupation or if not employed at that time, the last occupation

Other details

  • The date of the marriage, if the parents of the baby were married to each other at the time of the birth
  • The number of children the mother has had previously by her present husband and any former husband


Social distancing measures have been introduced to protect you and the registration staff. Please sanitise on entry to the building.

Please observe the following rules

  • Please do not arrive early for your appointment, if you are late you will be asked to make a new appointment
  • Please do not bring baby or anyone else with you to the appointment. Parents only
  • If you are a married couple, only one of you should attend the appointment
  • If you are not married, you will both need to attend the appointment.

We strongly encourage you to wear a face-covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

Face coverings are for adults, children over 11 and optional for children aged between 3 and 11. Please do not make your baby or child under the age of 3 wear a face covering as it is dangerous and could suffocate them. 

Also, please be understanding as not everyone is able to wear a mask. 

Please see what information will the register office need for the documents to bring with you.

You may bring your own black biro.

Please ensure you remain 2 metres apart from others in the waiting area. You may be asked to wait outside if this is not possible.

Book an appointment

Birth certificates

Once you have made an appointment to register, you will be asked to apply for your baby’s birth certificate, cost £11.00 each.

Please note If you don’t do this you will not receive your baby’s birth certificate at your appointment as we are currently unable to take payments for certificates in person.

The registrar will  provide this at your appointment.

What documents will the register office issue

A full birth certificate that shows parents details are also available to buy.

There is a reduced cost if you purchase at the time you register the birth.

Requesting certificates

If you have already registered your baby and only require a certificate, please go to Request a certificate as you do not need to make an appointment for this.