Register a birth
Congratulations on the birth of your new baby. In the next few weeks, it is important that you remember to register their birth.
Our registrars are here to help make the registration of the birth as easy as possible. They will happily answer any registration related questions you may have.
When to register your baby's birth
When your baby is born, you should register their birth within 42 days.
Where to register your baby's birth
Baby born in Bracknell Forest
If the baby was born in Bracknell Forest, you can register the birth with us.
Baby born in Surrey hospital
From 1 October we have a new partnership with Surrey. If the baby was born in the following hospitals, you will be able to register the birth with us:
- Frimley Park
- Royal Surrey County
- St Peter's
Baby born in Surrey home birth
From 1 October, you can also register the birth with us if you had a home birth in the following areas:
- Epsom and Ewell
- Mole Valley
- Reigate and Banstead
- Surrey Heath
Baby born in Reading, Slough or beyond
If you live in Bracknell Forest, but the baby was not born in Bracknell Forest or the Surrey areas listed above, you can complete a declaration of birth with us. This includes babies born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading or Wexham Park Hospital in Slough.
We will send the declaration to the correct register office who will then register the birth and issue your certificates. If you would like us to do this for you, please check what method of payment is accepted by the district that the child is being registered.
Who can register a birth?
Parents are married or in a civil partnership
If the parents are married to each other or in a civil partnership together, either parent can register.
Parents are not married
If the parents are not married to each other and the father's details are to be included, the father must come to the appointment with the mother.
If the mother attends alone, no father 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.
There is no charge for registering the birth, but you may wish to buy a birth certificate.
A birth certificate has the birth entry and includes particulars of parentage and registration. This is required to obtain a passport.
Birth certificates cost £11 each.
Book an appointment
An appointment is required to register a birth.
To book an appointment, please contact customer services on 01344 352000, between 8:30am and 4:45pm.
At the appointment
Please bring your 'Red Book' or any birth paperwork, such as your discharge papers, provided by the hospital or midwife.
It would also be useful for both parents to bring:
- a 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)
You are not legally required to produce these documents but if you do, they can help to make sure your child's birth is correctly registered.
You are not required to bring your baby to the appointment.
Details the registrar will need to know
You will need to provide the following information:
- the baby's NHS number
- date and place of baby’s birth
- 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
The following information is required by law, but does not appear in the register:
- the date of birth for the mother and second parent (if applicable)
- number of other children born to the mother
- if the parents are married, the month and year of their marriage (a marriage or civil partnership certificate would be helpful if you have one)
How to find us
Our appointments are held at Time Square.
After the appointment
After your baby is registered, make sure you think about: