Birth - registering

You are required by law to register the birth of your baby within 42 days. You should do this at the register office in the district of the birth. Parents who have not registered within 6 weeks will be contacted by the registrar in the district of the birth, requesting them to attend the register office.

If you can't register the birth in the district where the baby was born, you can go to any register office in England or Wales and they will send your details to the correct office.

Registration services we provide

We register births that occur in the Bracknell Forest district.

Book an appointment

An appointment is required to register a birth. Please contact Customer Services to make an appointment.

If you will require any special assistance at your appointment, please tell us at the time of booking the appointment.


Copies of birth certificates on the day of registration - £4 each

Copies of birth certificates from current registers after the day of registration - £7 each

Copies of birth certificates from completed registers - £10 each.

Please see the general information about copy certificates page for more information about delivery/collection options.

Who can register a birth?

  • If the parents are married to each other or in a civil partnership together, either parent can register.
  • If the parents are not married to each other, the father must attend the appointment with the mother if his details are to be included on the registration. If the mother attends alone, no father details will be recorded.
  • If two female parents are not in a marriage or a civil partnership together, both must attend the appointment and meet the requirement of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act if the second female details are to be included on the registration. If the mother attends alone, no second female parent details will be recorded.

If the child’s parents are not married or in a civil partnership or the father’s details are not included in the entry at the time of registration it is possible for this to be done at a later date. If the natural parents of a child marry each other, the birth should be re-registered.

Details the registrar will need to know

You will need to provide the following information:

  • date and place of baby’s birth (bring your discharge papers with you)
  • full name and surname of baby
  • sex of the baby
  • parents' names, surnames and address (including any former names)
  • places and dates of the parents' birth
  • date of parents' marriage or civil partnership (if applicable)
  • parents' occupations
  • mother's maiden surname

The following information is required by law, but does not appear in the register:

  • the date of birth for the mother and second parent (date for the second parent only if their details are shown. A marriage or civil partnership certificate would be helpful)
  • any other children born to the mother within marriage
  • if the parents are married, the month and year of their marriage

What to bring to the registration of your child's birth

You should both bring a suitable form of ID, for example your passport, driving licence or birth certificate.

Please bring your 'Red Book' or any birth paperwork provided by the hospital or midwife.

It would also be useful to bring:

  • your passport or birth certificate
  • proof of your current address
  • proof of any former name or names (for example, a change of name deed or marriage certificate)

Please note that you are not legally required to produce these documents but if you do they can help to ensure your child's birth is correctly registered.

You are not required to bring your baby to the appointment.

Opening times

The register office is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

How to find us

Our appointments are held at Time Square, unless otherwise stated upon booking.

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