Re-registering a birth
Adding father's details
If the natural parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth and the father did not attend with the mother to register the baby it is possible to re-register the birth at any time in the future to include the father's details in the registration. A form is available from the register office that has to be completed by both parents and submitted to the office for checking. An appointment will then be made for the re-registration to take place. The easiest way for the birth to be re-registered is for both parents to attend the register office together. If this is not possible please contact us for further information.
Showing the parents as married
If the natural parents have married each other since the birth was registered the birth should be re-registered to accurately record the current legal status of the child. A form is available from the register office that must be signed by both parents and submitted to the office for checking. An appointment will then be made for the re-registration to take place. Either parent can then attend the register office.
Copies of the full birth certificate showing the new details are available at a cost of £3.50 each at the time of re-registration
Can I re-register elsewhere?
If it is more convenient, the re-registration can be made at another register office. These details will then be forwarded to us. We will re-register the birth and post to you any birth certificates you require. This process is called re-registering a birth by declaration.
Next StepsMore information is available from the Direct Gov website
Please phone to request a form for completion. Once completed return to us with any additional information and we will contact you to make a suitable appointment once the paperwork has been checked.