Appointments to register a birth

Following the latest government guidance we can now offer appointments to register a birth. We'll be operating a strict social distancing policy throughout our offices and you will not be able to access the building without an appointment. Face coverings must be worn at all times during your visit to the Register Office.

Registration of births

1. Overview

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.