Register a birth

Coronavirus → Changes to birth registrations

We are currently unable to register any births, or make any birth registration appointments, until we are through the pandemic period. Keep checking this page for further updates.

You can still make a new claim for Child Benefit or Universal Credit, before registering the birth. Registrations should be made as soon as we can offer birth appointments again.

Birth re-registrations have also been suspended and will not be treated as a priority once appointments are offered. 

Please note: registering your newborn will not be required within the normal 42 day limit.

Find out more about changes to registration services.

Where can I register a birth?

You must register a birth at a register office within 42 days of the child being born. You must do this in the district where the birth took place.

For all babies born in the district of Wigan and Leigh you can register the birth at either:

You must make an appointment.

Making an appointment

Baby born outside Wigan and Leigh?

If your baby was born outside the district of Wigan and Leigh then you will need to go to the register office in the district in which the birth occurred.

If this is not possible you can still book an appointment at Wigan or Leigh Register Office, who will submit a declaration to the correct district so they can register your baby without you being present. 

You will need to contact the relevant district to apply for any certificates.

Please note: your child will not be entered into the register at Wigan and Leigh but will be included on the register in the correct district.

Who can register?

If the parents of the baby are married to each other, either parent can attend to register the baby. If not, then the mother must attend to register the baby.

If the mother wishes to have the father’s details entered in the register, then both parents must attend.

What details will I need to register?

  • Date and place of birth of the child
  • Child’s forename(s) and surname
  • Mothers’ name, date and place of birth, current or last occupation and date of marriage (if applicable)
  • Discharge notes from the hospital if you still have them
  • Passports, driving licences, marriage certificates or birth certificates for parents if you have them

You are welcome to bring your baby with you, but this is not required.


You will no longer be issued with a free short birth certificate.

If you require any certificates, the fee is £11 per certificate. You can pay and order up to 8 certificates when you book your appointment online.

Please note:

  • If you decide to pay for certificates at the time of your appointment, we accept debit/credit cards, we do not accept cash.

My Family Tree poster or Commemorative Birth Certificate

Mark your baby’s place in your family history with a beautiful  My Family Tree print.

Printed professionally on high quality A3 card, you can write family names in the blank circles, or cut out and stick family photos on before framing. This is a perfect gift to purchase after registering the birth and costs £8.

You can also purchase a  Commemorative Birth Certificate, which you can personalise with your own message such as 'Welcome to the World'. The certificate costs £5.

You can purchase both items for £10 as a package.


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