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Registering a birth

​​​​​​​​​​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.

Where to register a birth

The birth usually 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, you are able to register the birth in either Rochdale or Oldham.
  • If the birth took place in Manchester and the mother is resident in Rochdale, you are able to register the birth in either Rochdale or Manchester.

If the mother lives in Rochdale you can register a birth that occurred in Rochdale, Manchester or Oldham at:

How to register a birth in the borough of Rochdale

To register a birth at Rochdale Register Office, Langley Children's Centre or Heywood library you'll need to make an appointment. You can register a birth at Rochdale Register Office Monday to Friday; and at Langley Children's Centre and Heywood library on alternate Tuesday mornings.

Find out all you need to know about how to register a birth
Ring 01706 924783 to make an appointment


If you purchase a standard birth certificate at the time of registration, the fee is £4. 

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.

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. Complete 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

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4.15pm
(On the last Tuesday of each month, the office opens at 10.30am)
Saturday/Sunday: ceremonies only

Birth registration, death registration and giving notice of marriage - by prior appointment only