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. You do not have to take anything with you but it would be helpful if you brought with you the leaflet 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 come on your behalf.

You can go to any register office – though things will take a day or two longer if you go to one which does not cover the district in which baby was born. This is because the registrar will need to forward your information to the district where the birth took place in order for the registration to take place – and it is from here that the birth certificate will be sent to you by post.

Further information

Further information about birth registrations is available at the General Register Office births website

Contact us

The Register Office
Walsall Council
Civic Centre
Hatherton Road

Telephone 0300 555 2847

This page was last updated on 02 December 2015