Registering 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 and to register your baby with a doctor. A birth certificate is required to claim family-related benefits. Birth registration is free.

Births must be registered by law within 42 days from the date of the child's birth. The birth should be registered in the district where it occurred. If it is more convenient, details of the birth may be given at another register office in England or Wales by making a declaration.

How to register a birth

Birth registrations take place by appointment at three locations across the borough. It usually takes about 15 minutes to register a birth.

To find out more about where you can register a birth you can contact Barnsley Registration Service

If you are 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.

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 other persons can register a child's birth, please contact Barnsley Register Office for more information.

The following information is needed:

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

  • The baby's sex.

  • Forenames and surname in which the child will be brought up.

  • The father's forenames and surname; his date and place of birth, and his occupation at the time of his baby's birth.

  • The mother's forenames and surname. Her maiden name will also be required if she is, or has been, married. The date and place of her birth, her usual address at the date of the birth, and her occupation.

Certificates issued

One short birth certificate is issued free of charge at the time of registration.

Charges apply for copy or additional certificates. Payment can be made by cash, cheques, credit and debit cards. Cheques should be made payable to Barnsley MBC.

Additional birth certificates can be purchased from the Register Office at any time after the registration. These may cost more. Please contact the Register Office for details.