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COVID-19 update 

Birth registrations are taking place at Walsall Register Office by appointment only - please book an appointment online.   When your booking has been received we will issue you an email telling you what will happen on the day, who should attend and what you will need to bring. Please wear a facemask to your appointment if you can.​

 

Register a birth

You must register the birth of your baby within 42 days, within the registration district where your baby was born. To register a birth in Walsall Borough, you must book an appointment online. If English is not your first language you can bring a relative or friend to help you.

Who can register a birth

Parents who are married or in a civil partnership 

Either parent can register the birth on their own. Both parents’ details will be included on the birth certificate if they were married to each other when the baby was born or conceived.

Unmarried parents 

Both parents' details can be included on the birth certificate if one of the following happens:

  • both parents sign the birth register together
  • one parent goes to register the birth with a document from the court (for example, a court order) giving the father parental responsibility
  • one parent completes a statutory declaration of parentage form and the other takes the signed form to register the birth

 

The mother can register the birth on her own if she is not married to the child's father.

What to bring to your appointment

The discharge papers from the hospital or midwife, alongside:

  • place and date of the birth
  • full name of the baby
  • parents’ full names and addresses
  • places parents’ birth
  • parents’ jobs
  • mother’s maiden surname

You might not need to give all of this information, depending on who is registering the birth.

It would help if you could bring at least one form of identification when you attend your appointment. You can use:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate 
  • proof of address (for example a utility bill) 

The birth will be recorded in the register. It is important that you check the details carefully before you sign. Once you sign it could cost up to £90.00 to make a correction. Contact Walsall Register Office if you need to change any information recorded in the register. 

After the birth is registered

Once you have registered the birth, you may be able to claim:

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Birth Certificate 

There are two types of birth certificate:

  • short version, which contains only the baby’s details
  • full version, which also contains the parents’ details

Certificates must be purchased when you book your registration appointmnet, Certificates cost £11 each. You can order extra copies of the birth certificate online after registering. 

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Re-register a birth

To re-register your child's birth both parents must complete a re-registration form. You can get a re-registration form from GOV.UK . Contact the register office to make an appointment and bring your completed form with you. If you are re-registering the birth because you have married or formed a civil partnership after the child was born, you must also bring your marriage certificate to your appointment.  

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Registering a stillbirth

A stillborn child is legally defined as "a child born after the 24th week of pregnancy who did not show any signs of life at the time of being born". To register a stillbirth in Walsall Borough phone the register office on 0300 555 2848 for an appointment. You must bring the medical certificate issued by the doctor or midwife to your appointment.

There is no charge for the registration but there is a fee if you want a certificate. Only the child's parents (as named in the registration) can apply for a certificate.  

Further information on registering a stillbirth can be found on GOV.UK. 

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Tell Us Once

If your bring a Child Benefit claim form to your registration appointment you will be given a reference number for use in the Tell Us Once service. This service lets you report the birth to all local and central government departments in one go.

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Naming ceremony

A Naming Ceremony is a non-religious way for you to welcome a child into the family. We work with you to make your ceremony special for you and your family.  Any parent, legal guardian or person who has parental responsibility for the child/children may arrange a ceremony. The ceremony has no legal standing but it is an opportunity for a public gesture of love and support for your child. 

Book a naming ceremony

You can hold a ceremony at one of the venues at the register office or at an approved premise within the borough. Ceremony bookings can be made by phoning or visiting us, for prices please visit our Registration Services Fees.

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