Register a birth

By law every child born in England and Wales must be registered in the district where the birth took place.

You need to register your baby to get a birth certificate. You can then register your baby with a doctor and claim any family-related benefits.

Birth certificates cost £4 each. You'll save time at your appointment if you order and pay for birth certificates online when you book your appointment. You can still pay by debit or credit card at the appointment, if you're not sure how many certificates you want.

You can make an appointment online to register a birth at:

  • The Register Office in the Town Hall
  • Goldthorpe Library
  • Royston Library

Who can register the birth

A birth can be registered by:

  • the mother

  • the father where the child's parents were married to each other at the time of birth or conception.

  • in certain circumstances another person can register a child's birth, please contact Barnsley Register Office for more information.

The information you'll need

We'll need the following information to register a birth:

  • the date and place of birth. The time of each baby's birth is required for multiple births

  • the baby's sex

  • the first and last names in which the child will be brought up

  • the father's first and last name; his date and place of birth, and his occupation at the time of his baby's birth

  • the mother's first and last name, a maiden name if applicable, the date and place of her birth, her usual address at the date of the birth, and her occupation

You must also bring with you:

  • the hospital discharge form or personal child health record (red book)
  • a form of identification for yourself such as a passport, driving licence or birth certificate

Registering by declaration

If you're unable to visit one of our offices, you can arrange to register your baby by declaration at any other register office in England and Wales. Please ask us for more information about this option.