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Register a birth

You need to register your baby in order to obtain a birth certificate. The birth must be registered within 42 days (6 weeks) of the baby being born.

You can then use this to claim child benefit and any other family-related benefits.

Where should a birth be registered?

A birth must be registered in the district where the baby was born. If your baby was born within the city of Wolverhampton, you will need to register the birth at the Register Office:

Register Office
City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre
St. Peter's Square
Wolverhampton
WV1 1SH

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Civic Centre car park

First of all, you will need to make an appointment to register with us.

Your appointment - call: 01902 551234

Please contact us on 01902 551234 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 4:30pm on Fridays to make an appointment. Appointments are available between the following times:

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

What to bring to your appointment

When you attend your appointment you will need to bring your birth notification sheet issued by the hospital or midwife and documentary evidence of the parents ID.

At the appointment the registrar will ask:

  • Questions about the father and the mother's occupation
  • Where they live and their own place of birth
  • If the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth, and if they were, the date of the marriage
  • The number of children the mother has had previously by her present husband/partner or any former husband/partner
  • The date of birth of the the parents

In a small number of circumstances it may be possible to change or add information to a birth registration, for example adding the father's details at a later date. Please see Re-register a birth for further information.

If you are not able to travel to the district where your child was born, you can visit your local register office (see above), to make a birth declaration. The declaration will be sent to the district where your child was born, the register office there will then complete the registration, and send any certificates that are required through the post to you. From the 23rd January 2017, parents who are residents of Staffordshire, and have their baby in Wolverhampton can register their baby at their local office within Staffordshire and will receive their certificates at the appointment. These offices include Wombourne, Codsall, Cannock and Stafford. If you would like to make an appointment to register the birth at your local office in Staffordshire, you can book an appointment online

Who can register a birth?

Opposite sex couples

If the baby's mother and father were married to each other at the time of the birth, either parent may register.

If the baby's mother and father were not married to each other at the time of the birth, the mother may register alone, but the fathers details will only be entered if they attend to register together. By entering the father's details into the registration, equal parental responsibility is automatically granted to the father as well as the mother. 

Same sex couples

Same sex couples can become equal legal parents of children that they conceive together. The woman who gives birth to the child (including surrogate mothers) will be shown as the child's mother in the birth register.

Lesbian couples who are married or in a civil partnership and conceive a child through artificial insemination will both automatically be treated as the child's legal parents. In these circumstances, either parent can register the birth.

Lesbian couples who are not married or in a civil partnership at the time of conception, but conceive together through a fertility clinic in the UK, licensed by the human fertilisation and embryology authority may also be treated as legal parents. In these circumstances, the mother may register alone, but the second parents details can only be entered if they attend to register together.