Register a birth
Customer update on coronavirus
All birth registration appointments are suspended under the guidance of the General Register Office. In light of the current pandemic, you can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered.
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
If the baby was born in Bracknell Forest, you can register the birth with us.
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, however birth certificates cost £11 each.
A birth certificate has the birth entry and includes particulars of parentage and registration. This is required to obtain a passport.
Most parents buy 2 certificates.
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.
You can now pay for your certificates in advance to save you time at the appointment.
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: