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Births, deaths and ceremonies service updates

Face coverings

Due the current government guidelines on social distancing, we have had to make some changes to the services we provide to make sure the public and staff remain as safe as possible at all times. We need your help to make sure that this happens.

We now require all members of the public attending the council offices at Time Square for any registration service or appointment to wear a face covering while they are in the building. This  excludes children under 11 years old.

If you are unable to wear a face covering on medical grounds, please email registrars.account@bracknell-forest.gov.uk to discuss your options.

Births

If you have an appointment booked with us, you will still be able to attend and you can still book an appointment to register a birth - subject to any changes to the existing guidelines that may be issued by the government.

Birth registrations are available for:

  • home births in Bracknell Forest
  • Surrey births for Bracknell Forest residents - any date of birth

We are now taking bookings. Phone Customer Services on 01344 352000 to make an appointment.

Please note that if you are a married couple or in a civil partnership with each other, only one parent must attend. Please do not bring your child or any additional people with you.

Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

Weddings and civil partnerships can only take place in exceptional circumstances. For example where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. These weddings are limited to 6 people. This includes the couple.

We are currently only taking bookings for ceremonies from April 2021 onwards.

However please note all new ceremony bookings are made at your own risk and may be subject to change, in line with the government guidelines at or on the date of the ceremony. If you are required to move or amend any ceremony once booked, an administration fee will apply. For more information or enquiries, please email registrars.account@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.

Notices of marriage and civil partnership

If you have an appointment booked with us you will still be able to attend.

Currently we are only taking appointments no more than 2 months prior to the ceremony date.

Notice of marriage and civil partnership are available for:

  • couples who need to serve new notices as their existing authorities have expired
  • booked ceremonies no more than 3 months in advance of the ceremony date
  • Certificates of Non Impediment (CONI)

We are not booking “to be arranged” notices. You will have to be able to provide confirmation of your ceremony date.

To make a booking, phone Customer Services on 01344 352000.

British Citizenship ceremonies

As an alternative to socially distanced group ceremonies, virtual group or family ceremonies by video conferencing are now available.

Deaths

Death registrations are now being carried out by telephone appointment only.

To make a booking, phone Customer Services on 01344 352000.

Funerals

Some facilities have closed at the Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium.

Copy certificate requests

The priority service for copy certificates has been suspended until further notice.  You can still apply online for copy certificates using the standard service.

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