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Isle of Anglesey County Council

Registering a birth

The UK and Welsh Governments announced on 23 March, 2020 strict new measures for essential travel, social distancing and public behaviour including restrictions on the celebration of marriages and civil partnerships. The Registration Service has therefore suspended all services with the exception of death and still-birth registrations until further notice.

Deaths and still-births

Provision has now been made for the registration of deaths to be undertaken by telephone. This will help the Registration Service follow the Government’s guidance on essential travel, social distancing and public behaviour. The Registration Service is also working closely with health practitioners to share information electronically to remove the requirement for bereaved families to visit the Register Officer during the current emergency situation. To make an appointment for telephone registration please call the Register Office on 01248 751925, 26 or 27


Birth registration appointments are suspended until further notice. Parents can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered, where they have not been able to do so because of these measures. Further information can be found on

Marriage / civil partnership

All ceremonies up to 31 May, 2020 are suspended in line with the Prime Ministers announcement. Couples affected by this decision will be contacted by the Registrar. All bookings will be rescheduled free of charge as soon as we are able to do so. The Registration Service will review bookings from June onward in line with UK and Welsh Governments announcements.

We trust our customers will understand the need for everyone to follow the strict new measures introduced to protect us all during this unprecedented worldwide pandemic.

The Registration Service will work with everyone to ensure birth appointments and ceremonies are rescheduled. However, we do not know when the new measures for essential travel, social distancing and public behaviour will be removed and therefore we will contact you in the near future and as soon as the situation is clearer.

Please do not visit the Register Office – we will contact you by telephone.

If you need further advice please feel free to contact the Registration Service - our experienced officers are here to help in a professional and confidential manner.

If you have any further enquiries, please contact our main office in Llangefni and we will be happy to help. 

Legally the birth must be registered within 42 days of the child being born.

If your child was born at an address in the Isle of Anglesey then it must be registered by the Anglesey register Office.

However you can go to any register office in England or Wales to provide the necessary details. They will be forwarded to us and we will register the birth and send you the birth certificate If your child was born outside the county, then you may attend this office and make a declaration of the particulars which will then be forwarded to the appropriate district.

You will not be issued with any documents by this office if you choose this option. If you require any further certificates other than the statutory free short birth certificate you should bring your cheque book with you for the fee to be sent with the declaration.

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

However, if the parents were not married to each other, the father’s details can usually only be entered in the register if the mother and the father attend the Register Office together to register.

If you are not married and you want the father’s details to be on the birth registration and he is unable to attend for any reason, please contact the Register Office for further advice.

Unmarried couples:

From 1 December 2003 there was a change of law, which made it easier for unmarried fathers to get equal parental responsibility. For this both parents need to register the birth of your baby together.

Parental responsibility for your child gives you important legal rights as well as responsibilities. Without it, you do not have any right to be involved in decisions such as where they live, their education, religion or medical treatment. With parental responsibility, you are treated in law as the child’s parent and you take equal responsibility in bringing them up.

Parentline Plus has a free helpline where you can talk through the options and ask for advice. You can call them on 0808 800 2222 or Textphone 0800 783 6783.


  • The date and place of the baby’s birth. If the birth is one of twins, triplets etc the Registrar will also need to know the time of each baby’s birth
  • whether it is a boy or girl
  • the forenames and surname that it is intended the baby will be brought up with

Father (Where these details are to be entered in the Register)

  • His forenames and surname
  • his date and place of birth
  • his occupation at the time of the baby’s birth or, if he was not working at the time, his previous occupation


  • Her forenames and surname, her maiden name will also be required if she has been married
  • her date and place of birth
  • her occupation (optional), if she has been employed at any time before the birth

The Registrar will write down the particulars and you will be asked to check that it is correct. The information will then be written in to a Register and you will again be asked to read carefully what has been recorded before you sign to say that everything is correct. It is important that this legal record is checked before it is signed, because it is difficult to correct at a later date.

If you are unsure about anything please ask the Registrar who will try to help you.


If the parents were married to each other at the time of the birth the Registrar will ask for the date of the marriage

If the mother has previously had any children by her present or any former husband the Registrar will need to know how many children she has had.

Please remember one of the parents must register the birth personally; they cannot ask a friend or relative to come in instead. 

The child will normally be given the surname of the mother or father (even if the parents are not married to each other and the father does not attend with the mother).

Once the surname has been decided it can only be changed if:

  • the parent’s apply for the birth to be re-registered because they are not married to each other and the father’s particulars were not entered in the Register
  • the parent’s marry each other after the original registration - in this case the birth should be re-registered even if the child was given the father’s surname at the original registration

For both types of re-registration the Registrar will be pleased to advise you.

After the birth has been registered the Registrar will issue one short birth certificate free of charge. This certificate shows the baby’s forenames and surname, sex, date of birth and district of birth only.

You are also issued free of charge with a form giving the baby’s National Health Service number which should be delivered to the doctor where you wish them to be registered.

A certificate is also available from the Registrar which shows all the information from the Register entry. There is a charge for this certificate and the Registrar will advise you on the current fee

An accredited list for court-directed paternity testing can be found on the Justice website.

Please see the Justice website