You will find all the information you require to register your baby within the following pages. However, if there is anything that you're not sure about please feel free to contact us at:
Merthyr Tydfil Register Office
26 High Street
PLEASE NOTE : THIS OFFICE OPERATES AN APPOINTMENT SYSTEM, SO PLEASE RING FOR AN APPOINTMENT TO REGISTER YOUR BABY.
Tuesday - Thursday
Morning, 8.30am - 12.30pm Afternoon, 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Morning, 8.30am - 12.30pm Afternoon, 1.00pm - 3.30pm
If the child's parents were married or in a civil partnership with each other at the time of the birth, either the mother, father or second female parent may register the birth.
If the parents were not married or in a civil partnership with each other at the time of the birth, the father or second female parent's details can only be recorded in the register where:
Both parents attend together to register the birth, or if the father or second female parent is unable to attend with the mother , a statutory declaration may be completed (contact this office for more information).
For any other circumstances, contact the register office for further advice.
If the mother was not in a marriage or civil partnership with the child's other parent at the time of the birth and their details were not recorded at the time of registration, the details may be added at a later stage. (See 'Why would I re-register my child?')
You can register the baby's birth as soon as you like or are able, but it is a legal requirement to register within 42 days of the birth. The birth must be registered within the registration district in which it occurred. This means that if your baby was born within the County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil the registration must be made in the following offices by appointment only:
Merthyr Tydfil Register Office
Aberfan Community Centre*
* (Wednesday afternoons by prior arrangement only with the Register Office 01685 727333)
Although the birth must be registered here within 42 days, if it is impractical for you to visit the Register Office in Merthyr Tydfil you can go to another office in England or Wales to see the Registrar there.
This process is called Registering a Birth by Declaration. You will need to make an appointment at the office you choose to attend. The Registrar who sees you will forward the information to Merthyr Tydfil.
Please remember if you choose to register your baby in this way it will take longer than the usual process and you will not get the birth certificate straight away.
You will need to provide the Registrar with the following information:
About the Baby
About the Mother
About the Father/Second Female Parent (where these details are to be entered in the register)
You will be issued with a 'short' birth certificate free of charge at the time of registration. This certificate shows the baby's name, surname, sex, date of birth and the registration district and sub-district.
The 'full' birth certificate will show all of the above details plus the parent's details and place of birth. This certificate will be required if you wish to apply for a passport for the baby.
Certificates can be purchased for the following fees:
If English is not your first language, please feel free to ask a relative or friend to accompany you to help with the registration.
Please remember, however, that the birth must be registered by a qualified informant (usually the mother) and a friend cannot register on your behalf.
Please contact the Register Office who will answer any questions you may have regarding a change of record.
The mother of a child, and the father if he is married to the mother or second female parent ,if in a civil partnership with the mother, automatically have parental responsibility. Where the parents are not married to each other or in a civil partnership, the father/second female parent will acquire parental responsibility if he/she acts with the mother to have his/her name recorded in the child's birth registration after 1st December 2003.
An unmarried father, or second female parent not in a civil partnership, can also obtain parental responsibility by later marrying or entering into a civil partnership with the child's mother, by making a parental responsibility agreement with her, by obtaining a court order, or if his/her details were not entered on the registration at the time of the birth, by re-registration.
If you need further information or advice you should call Parentline Plus on 0808 800 2222, text phone 0800 783 6783, or get legal advice.
If the parents have married or formed a civil partnership with each other since the birth, a re-registration will be required so that a new birth record can be created to show the child as a child of the parent's marriage/civil partnership.
If the parents are unmarried and would like the natural father's details added to the birth record, a re-registration will be required so that a new birth record can be created to replace the original one.
Re-registration can be required in other circumstances, please contact the Register office for further details.
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