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If your baby was born in the Borough you must register the birth at Reading Register Office within 42 days.

Book an appointment to register a birth

From 1 November 2017 no free certificate will be issued following a birth registration. All certificates will be £4.00 each. The information on our online booking system is currently being updated.

Registering a birth

Gov.uk sets out who can register a birth and what you will need to bring when registering.

Registering a birth is free. The statutory fee for each birth certificate is £4 at the time of registration. Please note that the certificate fee is higher after the birth registration appointment.

If you can't register the birth in the district your baby was born, you can go to your local register office and they will send your details to the correct office. They will send the certificate to you.

Register office opening times

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Wednesday: 9.30am to 4.30am

Weekends: Closed or by appointment only

Re-registering a birth

If you are the natural parents and have got married since the original birth registration you can re-register the birth. You can also add the natural father's details if they were not included at registration.

The gov.uk website contains further information and a re-registration form which you should send or bring to Reading Register Office. If you are re-registering because you have got married, you will also have to show your marriage certificate.

The process is free and takes about six weeks. You will then attend a re-registration appointment.

Correcting the register

If a certificate contains incorrect information, you can apply for a correction. Find out how on the Gov.uk website. These are statutory fees for correcting register entries from 1 November 2017. Please refer to our fees and charges page.

Registering a stillbirth

Book an appointment to register a stillbirth

A stillbirth occurs when a baby has died further than 24 weeks into pregnancy and before it is born. You should register a stillbirth at Reading Register Office within 42 days.

Gov.uk sets out who can register a stillbirth.

You will need to provide:

  • a medical certificate issued by the midwife or doctor
  • the date and place of the stillbirth
  • the name of the baby
  • the mother's details
  • the father's details (if applicable)

Replacement birth certificates

Order a replacement birth certificate

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