When and where to register
A birth that has taken place in Wiltshire, but not in Swindon, must be registered in Wiltshire. By law, a birth must be registered within 42 days by a registrar of births and deaths.
You can register at any of the registration offices in Wiltshire, please use the related information link to find the full list. All offices operate a full appointment system to prevent unnecessary waiting. Appointments usually take 20 to 30 minutes.
Please telephone 0300 003 4569 to make an appointment.
If your baby was born outside of Wiltshire, for example in Bath or Swindon, you can make a declaration of the particulars required for the registration at a Wiltshire registration office. We will send the declaration to the registration service where the baby was born. The birth certificates you require will be sent by post.
In the same way, if your baby was born in Wiltshire but you live elsewhere, you can arrange to make a declaration of your baby’s birth at your local registration office. The documentation will be sent to the Salisbury office where the register entry will be made. The birth certificate(s) will be sent to you by post. Please contact your local registration office for advice and an appointment.
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.
It is very helpful if you are able to bring your passport or birth certificate, marriage/civil partnership certificates, deed poll, council tax bill and driving licence.This is not a legal requirement and will not prevent you registering the birth if you cannot bring them with you.
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.
- General Register Office
- Names Dictionary - Name Meanings
- Baby Name Centre - Baby Name Finder
- Baby Naming - Baby Name Finder
- National Family & Parenting Institute
Last updated: 22 October 2013