Changes to a birth certificate

Change a child’s surname

A child’s surname can only be changed on the original birth certificate to correct a spelling mistake.

However, in the following instances, a child can be re-registered.

  • the child's natural parents are married after the baby is registered. 
  • the natural father’s details are not noted on the original certificate as he could not be present at the registration

In these instances, the child’s surname can be changed to that of either the mother or father, or a combination of both – as long as both parents agree to the change.

There is no fee for re-registering a birth. You will receive one free copy of the new short birth certificate, but the regular fees will apply for any additional copies.

For further information, please call: 01766 771000.

 

Change a child’s first name

A child’s first name can be changed on the original birth certificate within 12 months of registration for a fee of £40.00.

For further information, please call: 01766 771000.

 

Error on birth certificate

If you believe there is an error on a birth certificate, please call: 01766 771000.

 

Changing your name

To change details on a birth certificate for any reason other than what is noted on this page it is likely that you will need to present a change of name deed poll.  Further information can be found on the Ministry of Justice's website.