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're 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
- Make an appointment at Rochdale Register Office Monday to Friday 9am - 4.15pm, or at Langley Children's Centre and Heywood library on alternate Tuesday mornings.
- Take all the information you need to the appointment and one form of identification.
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- 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.
- Sign the register page.
How much it costs
If you purchase a standard birth certificate at the time of registration, the fee is £4.
If you find a mistake after the register page has been signed you will need to apply for a correction and pay a fee. The fee will be £75 or £90 if the correction needs to be considered by the Registrar General.
Notifying organisations of your change in circumstances - Tell us once
When you register a birth we can tell government departments such as the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (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.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.