Registering a birth

Registering a birth

After the arrival of your new baby it is a legal requirement to register the birth within 42 days. If your baby was born in the Walsall District you will need to make a personal visit to Walsall Register Office. Please telephone 0300 555 2847 to make an appointment.

Tell Us Once

When you have a baby there are a number of services and government departments that need to know about the birth.  It’s important they know as soon as possible as it may affect your entitlements such as Child Benefit, Working Tax Credits or Child Tax Credits.

By using the Tell Us Once service we can notify other areas of the council as well as government departments for you.  You won’t need to send them a copy of the birth certificate in the post.

The service is optional and we will ask you if you would like to use this service when you make your appointment.

More information can be found on our Tell Us Once Page

Who should register?

It all depends if the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth or conception.

  • If they were then either the mother or father can register the birth on their own
  • If they were not and they want the father’s details to be entered in the register then both parents need to attend and sign the birth register together. This means the father will assume parental responsibilities and rights

Please bring the discharge papers from the hospital with the baby’s NHS Number. If you wish to purchase a birth certificate at the time of registration you may do so, the price of certificates can be found on our fees and charges page. Payment can be made by either cash or card.

If you have difficulty in speaking English please bring someone to help you register. You can ask a friend or relative to come with you but please remember that they cannot register on your behalf.

You can go to any register office but the process will take a day or two longer if you do not go to the register office in the district where the baby was born.

Contact us

The Register Office
Walsall Council
Civic Centre
Hatherton Road

Telephone 0300 555 2847

This page was last updated on 03 November 2016