Every birth in England or Wales must be registered in the Registration District in which it takes place within 42 days of the date of birth.
You can register a birth that took place anywhere in the areas covered by Lancashire County Council by going to any of its registration offices. All Lancashire County Council registration offices work on an appointment basis. You can get on appointment by contacting the office of your choice.
The main Act and regulations governing the registration of births and death are:
You can obtain information on registering a birth in Scotland or Northern Ireland by using the following websites:
The baby does not need to be taken to the registrar's office to show that the birth has taken place. The local health authority or the hospital where the birth occurred will notify the registrar of the birth.
If the parents of the child were married to each other at the time of the birth (or conception), either the mother or the father may register.
If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the child's birth (or conception), the father's particulars may be entered in the register only in the following circumstances:
If the mother or father are not able to register the birth the registrar will arrange for the registration to be completed by whichever of the following people is best able to do so:
(Where this information is to be entered in the register)
It is most important that the information recorded in the birth register is correct. If a mistake is made it will be difficult for the person who registered the birth to have it corrected. The person registering the birth should check the information to be recorded in the register very carefully before the entry is signed.
You can obtain further information about correcting particulars in a birth registration by contacting any registration office for advice.
If English is not the mother's or father's first language and help is needed with registering the birth, it would be helpful for a relative or friend to accompany them to the registrar's office and act as interpreter. However, the parents must register the birth personally as a relative or friend cannot register instead of them.