Register a birth

When to register

You should register a birth within 42 days (6 weeks) of the birth. If you don't register in this period, the registration service will write to you to remind you of your legal responsibility.

Blackpool registration service can only register births which occur at the following places:

  • Blackpool Victoria Hospital
  • Home births where the Council Tax is payable to Blackpool Council

Making an appointment

You can now book your appointment online. The appointment will be at The Town Hall in Talbot Square.

You can also

  • Telephone 01253 477177 to make an appointment at The Town Hall
    Telephone 01253 953723 to make an appointment at Victoria Hospital

Download our Naming ceremonies leaflet [PDF 372KB].

Where to register

The Town Hall

You can register the birth of your baby or re-register your child at The Town Hall located in Talbot Sqaure. Talbot Square is opposite North Pier. The full address is:

Blackpool Registration Service
The Town Hall
Talbot Square
Blackpool
FY1 1AD

Victoria Hospital

You can also register births at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. To book an appointment please telephone 01253 953723.

Download information for Travel Information to Victoria Hospital [PDF 473KB]. The registrars office is located in Zone 2 of the hospital and parking for registrars customers can be found in the East Park Drive car park. 

Births in Wyre and Fylde

If your baby was born in Blackpool but you live in the Wyre or Fylde districts and you are unable to attend the Blackpool office, you can register by declaration with Lancashire Registration Service (Fleetwood or Lytham), who will send the details to us and we will forward the relevant documentation (for example the short birth certificate) to you within a few days. If you wish to do this, please telephone 0300 123 6705  to book an appointment.

Who should register

If the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth, either the mother or father can register the birth. Under these circumstances both parents automatically acquire parental responsibility.

If the parents were not married to each other, the simplest way is for both parents to attend the registration together. Under these circumstances, both parents will acquire parental responsibility upon signing the register.

More information can be found on the Gov.uk website about parental responsibility.

If it is not possible for the unmarried parents to attend the registration together, there are three other ways the father’s details can be registered:

  1. The father fills in a statutory declaration form to confirm he is the father and the mother gives this form to the registration service. Copies of the form are available at all registration services or download a copy of the statutory declaration form.
  2. The mother fills in a statutory declaration form confirming the father’s details and the father registers the birth alone.
  3. In some cases a court order may be made naming the father. In this case the mother can register the birth alone, but please contact the registration service first.

If neither the mother nor the father are able to attend within the 6 weeks, registration can be undertaken by one of these people:

  • The occupier of the house or hospital where the child was born
  • Someone who was present at the birth
  • Someone who is responsible for the child

Child's surname

The mother of the child can give the child any forename and surname she chooses. She does not need the father's permission to give his surname or her own. 

A man registered on the birth certificate as the father of the child has no right to insist the child is given a particular name, for example, his surname.

A married couple can also choose any surname for their child. It does not have to be the name of either of the parents.

Once a surname has been recorded it can only be changed if:

  • The parents apply to re-register the baby because they were not married when the baby’s birth was first registered and the father’s details were not recorded
  • The parents marry each other after the child was born. The birth must be re-registered in this case even if the baby was given the father’s surname when the baby’s birth was first registered

For more information on how to re-register your child's birth please call 01253 477177 or email us at

registrars.bdm@blackpool.gov.uk

 

 

Information you need to provide

  • Parent's ID including passport, driving licence or any document showing your full name and address.
  • The date of the baby’s birth (if the baby is one of twins, the time of the birth is also needed)
  • The place of the baby’s birth
  • The sex of the child
  • The forename(s) and surname

About the father

  • His forename(s) and surname
  • His date and place of birth
  • His occupation or if not employed at that time, the last occupation

About the mother

  • Her forename(s) and surname
  • Maiden surname if the mother is, or has been, married or through a civil partnership
  • Her date and place of birth
  • Her occupation or if not employed at that time, the last occupation

Other details

  • The date of the marriage if the parents of the baby were married to each other at the time of the birth
  • The number of children the mother has had previously by her present husband and any former husband

Documents the registrar will/can issue

  • A short birth certificate. This is free of charge and shows the name(s) and surname, sex and date and district of birth of the child.
  • Full birth certificates that show the parents’ details are also available to buy.

Fees

There is no charge for registering the birth. A full birth certificate is currently £4 at the time of registration, rising to £10 anytime afterwards. You will receive the short version of the birth certificate free of charge.

Contact

Registration service

Municipal buildings, Corporation Street, Blackpool, FY1 1GB
Telephone 01253 477177