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.