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Registering a birth

Coronavirus (COVID-19): registering a birth updates

Following the latest government advice, you can't register a birth right now.

The 42 days you usually have to register a birth will be extended. We'll add more details about this when we have it. The government has said you can still apply for benefits without a birth certificate at the moment.

We'll continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and will update this website if anything changes.

​​​​​​​​​​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.

See who can register a birth on GOV.UK

Where to register a birth

You can register a birth with us at Rochdale Register Office, Langley Children's Centre or Heywood Library.

You should register a birth with us if:

  • The birth took place in Rochdale borough, whether or not the mother lives in Rochdale borough.
  • The birth took place in Oldham and the mother lives in Rochdale borough. You've also the option to register the birth in Oldham instead. Register a birth in Oldham.
  • The birth took place in Manchester and the mother lives in Rochdale borough. You've also the option to register the birth in Manchester instead. Register a birth in Manchester.

How to register a birth in the borough of Rochdale

  1. Ring us to make an appointment at Rochdale Register Office during the opening hour listed on this page, or at Langley Children's Centre and Heywood library on alternate Tuesday mornings.
  2. 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
  3. At the appointment you'll be given a copy of 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.
  4. You'll be asked to sign the register page.
Ring 01706 924784 to make an appointment

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.

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.


01706 924784

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.45pm.
Fax: 0844 963 2314

Find the Register Office on a map

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 and Sunday: ceremonies only

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