How to claim
You can claim Child Benefit as soon as you’ve registered the birth of your child, or they come to live with you.
It can take up to 12 weeks to process a new Child Benefit claim (or longer if you’re new to the UK). Child Benefit can be backdated for up to 3 months.
Deciding who should claim
Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child, so you need to decide whether it’s better for you or the other parent to claim. The person who claims will get National Insurance credits towards their state pension if they are not working or earn less than £166 per week.
Make a claim for the first time
Fill in Child Benefit claim form CH2 and send it to the Child Benefit Office. The address is on the form.
If your child is adopted, send their original adoption certificate with the form. You can order a new adoption certificate if you’ve lost the original.
If you do not have the certificate you need, send your claim form now and send the certificate once you’ve got it.
If your child’s birth was registered in Northern Ireland or outside the UK
When you send your claim form include your child’s:
- original birth certificate
- passport or travel document used to enter the UK - only if the birth was registered outside the UK
You can order a new birth certificate if you’ve lost the original. How you order the certificate depends on if your child’s birth was registered:
Add a child to an existing claim
Call the child benefit helpline if:
- your child is under 6 months old
- your child was born in the UK
- you live in England, Scotland or Wales and registered the child’s birth there
You’ll need your National Insurance number or Child Benefit number with you when you call.
Child Benefit helpline
Telephone: 0300 200 3100
Welsh language: 0300 200 1900
Textphone: 0300 200 3103
Outside UK: +44 161 210 3086
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 8am to 4pm
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If you do not meet this criteria, you’ll need to make a new claim by post. Fill in Child Benefit form CH2 and send it to the Child Benefit Office. The address is on the form.
If you’re claiming for more than 2 children, also include the ‘additional children’ form.
Claiming Child Benefit for someone else
You may be able to manage someone else’s Child Benefit claim.