Register a birth

When to register

You should register the birth of your child 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 that take place at the following places:

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

Where to register

Working in partnership with Blackpool Better Start and our colleagues in the children's centres, we now offer appointments in the community to provide a better service for our residents. This means you now have the choice of 4 locations to register your child's birth. You can book online for all offices except Victoria Hospital. See making an appointment below.

Talbot and Brunswick Children's Centre

Gorton Street
Blackpool
FY1 3JW

This children's centre is easily accessed by car by Talbot Road to the north and Caunce Street to the south. You can find a map of Talbot and Brunswick Children's Centre .

More information, including a timetable of activities, can be found on Blackpool Council's children's centres website.

Grange Park Children's Centre

31 Dingle Avenue
Blackpool
FY3 7NX

This Children's Centre is easily accessed by car by St Walburgas Road at the edge of Grange Park and you can find a map of Grange Park Children's Centre here.

More information, including a timetable of activities, can be found on Blackpool Council's children's centres website.

The Town Hall

Talbot Square
Blackpool
FY1 1AD

The Town Hall is located in Talbot Square opposite North Pier.

You can download a map of Blackpool's town centre car parks [PDF 819KB]. The nearest car park on the map to The Town Hall is Number 11 - West Street

Victoria Hospital

You can also register births at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. 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. Please note, there is limited availability for birth appointments here.

Download information for Travel Information to Victoria Hospital [PDF 473KB].

Making an appointment

You can book your appointment online here for Talbot and Brunswick, Grange Park or The Town Hall.

 

 

You can also:

  • Telephone 01253 953723 to make an appointment at Victoria Hospital. There is limited availability for birth appointments here.
  • Telephone 01253 477177 to make appointments for Talbot and Brunswick, Grange Park or The Town Hall. You can also use this number if you have a query or question or would prefer to discuss your circumstances with a member of our staff.

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 offices, 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.

Click here for more information on 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 as authorisation is needed first before the birth registration can go ahead.

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, provided they were aware of the birth
  • 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

  • Parents' ID including passport, driving licence or any document showing your full name and address.
  • The date of the baby’s birth, usually entered in the 'Red Book' provided by the midwife.
  • If a multiple birth, the time of the births are also needed
  • The place of the baby’s birth
  • The sex of the child
  • The spelling of the child's forename(s) and surname

About the father

  • His forename(s) and surname
  • His date and place of birth
  • His occupation. If not employed then his 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. If not employed then her last occupation

Other details

  • The date of the marriage if the parents are married to each other
  • The number of children the mother has had previously by her present partner and any former partner

Documents the registrar will 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. This can be used for Child Benefit claims
  • Full birth certificates that show the parents’ details. There is a fee for these certificates. They are usually needed for passport applications, opening bank accounts and showing to childcare providers and schools as evidence of nationality and parental responsibility

 

Download our Naming ceremonies leaflet [PDF 372KB]

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