Registration of births
Last updated 19 January 2022
1. Registering a birth
All births must be registered within 42 days of the baby's birth.
If the parents of the child are married to each other or in a civil partnership then either parent may register the birth.
If the baby's parents are not married to each other or in a civil partnership and the mother wishes to have the father's details in the register, he must be there to register the birth. If this is not possible then contact the Register Office for more information.
The law allows unmarried fathers to have equal parental responsibility. All you need to do is register your baby’s birth together.
If the baby was not born in Stockport, you'll need to contact the Register Office where the baby was born to register the birth. We're currently unable to register a birth by declaration. Visit the GOV.UK website to find the correct Register Office.
Registering a still birth
Advice about registering a still birth in England and Wales may be obtained from your local registrar. If the still birth occurred in Stockport, please contact the registrar on 0161 474 3370 or 0161 474 3363.