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Obtaining a Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate

How to request a birth, death or marriage certificate

Where do I get a replacement (certified copy) of a certificate?

A birth, death or marriage is always registered in the district in which it took place. You need to apply to that district's Register Office to obtain a copy of the certificate.

We hold the registers of all births, deaths and marriages which have taken place in the Newbury district since registration began in 1837. Exceptions to this may be recent marriages, where the register may still be held by the church, and areas where the boundaries have changed. If you are unsure if your record will be held here, please telephone us and we will do a search for you.

How can I get a copy of a certificate?

  • By post - you need to send us enough details so we can find the correct record along with a cheque or a postal order payable to 'West Berkshire Council'
  • By telephone (the number is at the foot of this page) - making payment by credit or debit card
  • By email to - once we've found the record, we will ask you to make payment by telephone or by post

We don't have the resources to undertake exhaustive searches for records, but we'll be happy to search the year you give and two years either side to try and find your certificate.

What details will I need to provide?

Please provide as much information as you can, including where possible:

  • Persons name
  • Date and place of birth/death/marriage/civil partnership
  • Parents names and mothers maiden name for a birth certificate
  • Your name and address
  • Reason for applying for certificate

General Register Office index reference numbers are different from ours and will not help us identify the record.

How much will it cost?

Please see the fee attachment for a list of our Icon for pdf current fees [207.2KB] .

Adopted Persons replacement certificate

Where a birth certificate is required for an adopted person you should apply to the General Register Office - Adoptions Section.

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