Re-register a child's birth

A child’s birth can be re-registered to include up-to-date information if:

  • the natural father’s details weren’t entered at the time of the original birth registration
  • the child’s parents have married after the original birth registration.
  • If the marriage was outside England and Wales the documentation has to be sent to the General Register Office for authorisation to complete the new registration

To apply for a re-registration, both parents should complete and relevant form(s) below and send to the address on the form(s)

Once your completed form(s) has been processed you will need to make an appointment to re-register your child’s birth. 

Phone 020 8937 1010 to make an appointment to re-register a child's birth.


The mother's and child's surnames can be changed at this point and a new birth certificate made. You can buy full certificates, showing the parents details, on the day of registration for £11 each.

More detailed information about the re-registering process is available at Gov.uk.