Birth registration

Service information

Every birth in England or Wales must be registered in the registration district in which it occurred within 42 days of the date of birth.

If this is not possible or convenient then details may be given to any registration officer of births in England or Wales who will forward the details to the correct registration district.

You can register a birth that took place within the borough of Blackburn with Darwen at:

The register office, King George’s Hall, Northgate, Blackburn, BB2 1AA or Darwen Town Hall, Croft Street, Darwen, BB3 1BQ

All registrations are by appointment only please contact us for an appointment

Who can register a birth?

If the parents of the child were married to each other at the time of the birth, either the mother or the father may register.

If the parents of the child were not married to each other at the time of the child’s birth, the father’s details may only be entered in the register if the mother and father go to the register office and sign the birth register together. If this is not possible please contact us as there are some circumstances were it is possible to record the father’s particulars without the parents attending a register office together.

If English is not the parent’s first language and they need assistance registering the birth it would be helpful to ask someone to accompany them to the register office to act as an interpreter. Please remember the parent(s) must register the birth personally; they cannot ask a friend or relative to register instead of them.

What information does the registrar need?


  • Date and place of birth(if it was a multiple birth then the time of each birth is also needed)
  • Sex of the child
  • The forename(s) and surname in which it is intended that the child will be brought up
  • The red baby book

Father (where this information is to be entered in the register)

  • Forename(s) and surname
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation or if not employed at the time a previous occupation


  • Forename(s) and surname
  • Maiden name if the mother is or has been married
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation  if not employed at the time a previous occupation
  • Address at the time of the birth
  • Date of marriage if married to the child’s father
  • Number of previous children

What surname can the child be given?

A child can be given any surname but this would usually, but not necessarily, be the surname of the mother or father.

Once a surname has been entered into the register it can only be changed with the permission of the Registrar General.

It is very important that the information given to the registrar is correct. Please check the entry carefully before signing as it is far easier to correct an entry before it has been signed than after.

If you do discover a mistake please contact us for more information.

After the registration you will receive a short birth certificate free of charge.

Full and additional short birth certificates can be purchased at the time of registration or at any time afterwards.

Find out about our registration fees.

Contact details

Mail The Register Office, Town Hall, Blackburn. BB1 7DY
Phone Number(s) 01254 588660
Fax Number(s) 01254 588661
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