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Registering a birth

The birth must be registered within 42 days of the child being born. It has to be registered in the district where it took place. However, if the birth took place in Oldham and the mother is resident in Rochdale we've made arrangements with Oldham for you to be able to register the birth at either Rochdale or Oldham. 

Find out all you need to know about how to register a birth

To register a birth in Rochdale you'll need to ring us to make an appointment.

Ring 01706 924783 to make an appointment


Notifying organisations of your change in circumstances - Tell us once

When you register a birth we can tell government departments such as the DWP , HMRC,  and local authority services such as Housing and Council Tax Benefit and Family Information Service about the birth of your child through our 'Tell us Once' service. The service is free and you can choose which organisations will be told. 

When you ring to make an appointment to register a birth you'll be offered this service.

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Information you'll need

We'll need the national insurance number and date of birth of the parent(s) of the child together with details of any benefits or services they are receiving.

If you intend to claim Child Benefit then by using our service you don't have to submit a birth certificate with your child benefit form . This is as long as you bring to the appointment the completed form and prepaid envelope. Download the Child Benefit claim form

How we will treat the information you give us

We'll treat all the information you give us securely. The organisations we give your information to will use it to update records; to initiate /end services, benefits and entitlements as appropriate; and to resolve any outstanding issues. They may use the information we give them in other ways, but only as the law allows.


01706 924784
Fax: 0844 963 2314

Rochdale Register Office
Town Hall
Vicars Gate
Rochdale OL16 1AB