You need to register your baby to get a birth certificate. You can then use this to claim Child Benefit and any other family-related benefits.
When to register a birth
You must register the birth within 42 days of the child being born.
Who can register a birth
Who can register a birth depends on the individual circumstances of the parents.
Where to register a birth
You can register a birth with us at
Rochdale Register Office.
You should register a birth with us if:
From 1 May 2021, you cannot register with us if the birth took place in Oldham, even if the mother lives in Rochdale borough - you have to register the birth in Oldham instead. This decision was made by Oldham Council. Register a birth in Oldham.
How to register a birth in the borough of Rochdale
- Ring us to make an appointment at Rochdale Register Office during the opening hours listed on this page.
- Take all the information you need to the appointment and one form of identification.
Visit GOV.UK to find out what you need to bring.
- At the appointment you'll be given a copy of the register page. Please check it's correct. If you find a mistake after it's signed, you'll need to apply for a correction and pay a fee.
- You'll be asked to sign the register page.
Attending your appointment
Here's some information on attending you appointment to help us work safely and provide a safer environment for you.
- If you can't attend your appointment, please ring us as soon as possible using the contact details on this page - our appointments are very much in demand.
- Do not attend if you've any coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.
- There's only a small waiting area. Please arrive at your given appointment time. If you're late, you'll need to book another appointment. If you're travelling by car, please allow extra time for parking as it can be busy.
- If possible, please do not bring the baby you're registering or any other additional adults or children with you unless they're legally required to attend.
- Please bring identification for both parents, if applicable, and proof of address. If you're married, please also bring your marriage certificate.
How much it costs
It's FREE to register a birth.
However, it costs:
- £11 to purchase a standard birth certificate at the time of registration. Central government set the price for certificates.
- £75 to apply for a correction if you find a mistake on the birth certificate after it's signed. Or £90 if the correction needs to be considered by the Registrar General.
To reduce cash handing during COVID-19 we'd prefer you to pay by card.
You can pay for another copy or a replacement copy of the birth certificate at any time after registering.
Apply for a copy birth certificate.
Don't miss out on Child Benefit
Claim Child Benefit. Information about Child Benefit and how to claim can be found on GOV.UK.
For your first child, this must be printed out, filled in and sent to the Child Benefit Office using the details on the form. If you don't have access to a printer, you can call 0300 200 3100 and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will send you a form in the post.
The form also contains information for the small minority of families who may be eligible for the High-Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC). If you already have a Child Benefit claim, you can add further children by calling HMRC on the number above.