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Registering a birth

New birth registration - where can I register the birth?

You can give information about your baby's birth at any Register Office in England or Wales. Therefore, if it is more convenient for you, you can attend the local Register Office for where you live.

All Register Offices have appointment systems, meaning you must always pre-book an appointment to register your baby's birth.

For residents living outside of the Telford & Wrekin Council and Shropshire Council areas, please contact your local office to complete a declaration of birth.

Please note:

  • birth certificates will only be issued at the time of the appointment if you attend the Register Office in the district where the birth took place, not necessarily where you live. There is no longer a statutory provision to issue a short birth certificate free of charge. Therefore, any certificates purchased on the day of registration will cost £12.50 each
  • only card payments can be taken by the Registration Service; we are unable to take cash payments
  • numbers of customers attending our office will be restricted, therefore:
    • if the parents were married/in a civil partnership at the time of the birth, only one is required to attend; however, both are always welcome
    • if the parents were not married/in a civil partnership at the time of the birth and the father's/parent's details are to be entered in the register, the mother and father/parent must attend together
    • you don’t need to bring your baby or other children to the appointment, but of course are welcome to do so
    • any other people you bring along may be asked to wait outside.

On the day of the appointment

  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time. We operate a strict policy whereby, if you are more than 5 minutes late for your allocated time, you may not be seen and will have to re-book for an alternative day.
  • If driving, we recommend parking in the Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre car park. Parking is free but you must get a ticket from one of the machines.
  • Please enter through the main Leisure Centre and Library doors. The Register Office will then be just to your right. There is an intercom button next to our doors to allow you to speak to our reception staff, who will let you in.
  • During the registration, you will check the details before signing the register page. Please do so carefully as there may be a fee payable for any corrections needed at a later date. The registrar will complete the registration and issue any pre-paid certificates and keepsake folders you have requested.

View the location of the Register Office on Google Maps:

Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre
Tan Bank
TF1 1LX.


Telford and Wrekin residents

Book your birth registration appointment online now (Telford and Wrekin)

Or telephone: 01952 382444

Shropshire residents

Book your birth registration appointment online now (Shropshire)

Or telephone: 0345 6789016

Register Offices outside the Borough of Telford and Wrekin will be able to take a Declaration of Particulars of your child's birth to forward onto the Register Office in the district in which your baby was born. This is where the birth will be formally registered, and that office will post the baby's birth certificate to you. Please remember that this will take a few days to arrive by post.

If you attend Wellington Register Office and your baby was born in the Princess Royal Hospital or at home in the Borough of Telford and Wrekin, we will register the birth for you and you will be able to take away the child's birth certificate at the time of registration.

Who can register a birth?

If the mother and father/second parent of the child were married to each other at the time of the birth, either parent may register the birth.

If the mother and father/second parent of the child were not married to each other at the time of the birth, the mother alone may register the birth. The father's/second parent's details can only be entered into the register, in most cases, if they are present at the time of the registration. If there are difficulties in attending to register or in making a declaration of particulars, please call the Register Office to discuss the situation.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about who can register a birth

How do I register a birth?

You are able to register a birth in the District of Telford and Wrekin at our Register Office in Wellington, Monday to Friday. All registrations are by appointment only.

The registration process usually takes between 15 and 20 minutes to complete. Please remember to bring to your appointment proof of ID for the parents of the baby being registered, proof of your address, your marriage certificate (if you are married) and the small 'red book' issued by the hospital.

Book your appointment at the Register Office online

We will need the following information to process the registration.

About the baby:

  • the time, date and place of birth (additionally, if more than one baby was born, the time of each birth)
  • the sex of the baby
  • the forename(s) and surname the baby is to be given.

About the mother:

  • full forename(s) and surname, including maiden name (if the mother is or has been married)
  • date and place of birth
  • current or last occupation
  • if applicable, the date of marriage
  • if applicable, the number of children she has by her present and any former husband.

About the father/second parent:

  • full forename(s) and surname
  • date and place of birth
  • current or last occupation
  • if applicable, the date of marriage.

If the parents are not married to each other, the mother is not obliged to have the father's/second parent's details included in the entry. However, it may be possible for them to be added at a later date.

Download further information about the process for same-sex couples

Changing your child's forename(s)

The Births and Deaths Registration Act allows changes to forename(s) to be recorded in the register. You can apply for this to be done at any time after the birth, as long as the new forename(s) were given to the child within 12 months of the birth being registered. You can only record a change to your child's forename(s) once. There is a statutory fee of £44 for any application. Please contact us on 01952 382444 for more information.

Last updated: 21/05/2024 16:08

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