Copy birth certificates

We can provide copies of certificates for any births that occurred in and were recorded in the Bracknell registration district. These would normally be home births.

Standard certificate

This is a full copy of the birth entry and includes particulars of parentage and registration. This type of certificate is required to obtain a passport for people born on or after 1 January 1983.

Registers that we hold

We hold registers for all births that occurred in Bracknell Forest since 1837 and any births which took place in South Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, including Heatherwood Hospital, from 1 April 1934 to 31 March 1998. This includes Heatherwood Hospital from March 1972 until 31 March 1998.

If you were born after 1 April 1998 in Heatherwood, South Ascot, Sunningdale or Sunninghill you should apply to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead register office.

What we do not provide

We do not provide certificates for births that occurred outside our district. If the birth occurred outside Bracknell Forest, please contact the local authority in which the birth took place.

Records of adoptions in England and Wales are held by the Registrar General. Find out about adoption records on GOV.UK.


You may use our standard or priority service for certificate copies.

Priority Service - £35 per copy

Your certificate will be processed within 24 hours (Monday to Friday) and sent to you the same day by 1st class post.

Standard Service - £11 per copy 

Your certificate will be processed within 21 days and will be sent to you by 2nd class post.

Terms and conditions

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.

How to find us

We are based at Time Square.

How to request a birth certificate

You can request copies of a birth certificate using our online form.

Request a birth certificate copy

Contact information

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