General information about copy certificates

We can provide copies of certificates for any births, deaths, marriages or civil partnerships recorded in our registers.

Registers that we hold

This district was formerly known as Easthampstead or Bracknell. It includes Sandhurst and North Ascot and up until 1998 included Sunningdale and South Ascot.

Births and deaths

All births and deaths that occurred in Bracknell Forest since 1837 and any births and deaths which took place in South Ascot/Sunningdale/Sunninghill, including Heatherwood Hospital, from 1st April 1934 to 31st March 1998. For births and deaths in South Ascot, Sunningdale, or Sunninghill since 1st April 1998 you should apply to Maidenhead register office.

Marriages

We hold the registers for:

  • all marriages held in the register office in Bracknell between 1837 and 1937
  • all marriages held in the register office or Syrett Suite in Bracknell since 1st April 1967
  • all marriages held in approved premises in the Bracknell Forest district since 1995
  • all marriages held in churches (of any denomination) in the Bracknell Forest district since 1837 (the district includes the parishes of: Binfield, Bracknell, Cranbourne, Crowthorne, Easthampstead, Owlsmoor, Warfield, Winkfield and the Military Chapel at RMA Sandhurst)

Most churches have their own registers and these are only deposited at the register office when they are completed (this may take several years). When we do not hold the register, applications should be made to the vicar or authorised person at the church concerned.

For more detailed information see the PDF file downloadmarriage registers held at Bracknell Forest register office (PDF, 16kb).

Civil partnerships

All civil partnerships registered in the Bracknell Forest district since December 2005.

How to apply for a certificate?

Please use our online forms to request copies of a certificate:

Alternatively you can call Customer Services with the details and a credit or debit card number.

Standard Service - £10

You can either collect your certificate(s) or we can post it to you. Certificates are available for collection within 5 working days of the application being made and you will be contacted when your certificate(s) are ready for collection. If you wish to have the certificate posted to you, an additional £2.60 administration charge will be made. All certificates are sent by recorded delivery. Payment is required in full before any certificate can be issued.

Premium Service - £10 per certificate plus a one off £20 fee

You can either collect your certificate(s) or we can post it to you. Certificates are available for collection within 1 working day of the application being made and you will be contacted when your certificate(s) are ready for collection. If you wish to have the certificate posted to you, an additional £2.60 administration charge will be made. All certificates are sent by recorded delivery. Payment is required in full before any certificate can be issued.

Please note that once the certificate has been posted, it is no longer the responsibility of the council and all claims for missing items should be addressed to Royal Mail directly.

Beware of buying expensive certificates

A number of websites are offering certificates at inflated prices and LACORS (the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services) warns consumers against purchasing expensive copies of birth, death and marriage certificates via the internet.

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