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When and where to register

All births, by law, must be registered within 42 days with a Registrar of Births and Deaths. You can register a birth through any Register Office in England and Wales. The registration will be recorded in the district where it occurred. If you attend an office outside the district where the birth took place they will forward the details of the registration to the correct office, who will then register the birth and issue certificates. This is called a declaration.

There are four main offices in Wiltshire and opening hours and days vary. All registration offices operate an appointment system to prevent unnecessary waiting; therefore you should telephone 0300 0034569 to make an appointment. The registration takes approximately 20 - 30 minutes.

Who can register

If parents are married when the baby is born, either parent may register the birth. If the baby’s parents are not married, and they want the father’s details to be included in the register, both parents should attend the office together to register the birth.

If the father’s details are not entered at the time of registration, there are special procedures for them to be added at a later date if required. Please contact a registration officer for details.

Meeting the Registration Officer

You will be seen in private and asked the following questions about the baby and his/her parents:

  • The place and date of birth of the baby;
  • The baby's name, surname and sex;
  • The baby's parents' names, surnames, places of birth and occupations;
  • Address at time of birth;
  • Mother's maiden name and any previous names used.

The details will be entered on to a computer and you will be asked to carefully check that they are correct before signing the register or declaration.

Payment and Certificates

The service is free of charge. A short birth certificate will also be issued free of charge, however this certificate does not show parents’ details. The parents will have the opportunity to purchase one or more full birth certificates, which includes parents' details, usually required for official purposes eg. Passport. For more information please see registration fees.

If you have registered by declaration, the office that your details will be sent to will issue the certificates.

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: chippenhamregistrationoffice@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 003 4571
Out of hours:
Fax:
Postal Address: Chippenham Registration Office
4 Timber Street
Chippenham
SN15 3BZ
In Person:
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Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: salisburyregistrationoffice@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 003 4571
Out of hours:
Fax:
Postal Address:

Salisbury Registration Office
Wiltshire Council
P O Box 2281
Salisbury
SP2 2HX


In Person: The Council House
Bourne Hill
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 3UZ
DX:

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: devizesregistrationoffice@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 003 4571
Out of hours:
Fax:
Postal Address:

Wiltshire Registration Service
Devizes Registration Office
Crossmolina Buildings
3 -5 Snuff Street
Devizes
Wiltshire
SN10 1FG


In Person:
DX:

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: wiltshiregisteroffice@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 003 4571
Out of hours:
Fax:
Postal Address: Wiltshire Register Office
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8JN
In Person:
DX:

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Last updated: 22 October 2013

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