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Correct a birth certificate or re-register a birth

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Correcting a birth certificate

If a mistake was made at the time of registering the birth, it may be possible to correct the record. Depending on the type of correction these cost either £75 or £90. You will: 

  • be asked to provide evidence of the change you want to make
  • normally need to go to the register office to witness the correction.

When to re-register a birth

There are two circumstances where a birth can be re-registered:

  • the biological parents have married each other since the birth of their child, under the Legitimacy Act 1976
  • to add the biological father's details to the original registration.

How to re-register

If you want to re-register your child's birth, you will need a:

  • completed re-registration form
  • marriage certificate, if the biological parents have married each other, or
  • re-registration form to add the father's details.

You can get a re-registration form at your local register office or download a form from GOV.UK.

Both parents need to fill in and sign the re-registration form, then contact the Register Office in England or Wales to make a an appointment.

Book an appointment

Contact us to book an appointment to correct a birth certificate or re-register a birth, or with any enquiries you may have.

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