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

We are now taking for Birth registrations appointments by date of birth order. If your baby was born up to and including the 15 June 2020 please contact us on 0118 9373533 . Please note The Register Office is located within the Civic Offices on Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

Where families need to access benefits, the advice is that customers can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered, where they have not been able to do so because of the Covid19 Pandemic. We will update the website when we can offer the next group of appointments.

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

Registering a birth is free. There is statutory fee for each birth certificate at the time of registration, please see the Fees and Charges page. We only accept payment by credit/debit card. The registrar is unable to accept cash or personal cheques.

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.

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 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 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. 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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