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Correct a Birth Registration
Types of Correction
A correction can only be made when the information on the certificate is wrong. The certificate cannot be corrected to show new information if your circumstances change after the birth is registered.
You can apply to change who the recorded father is if you can prove that the man named on the certificate is not the natural father of the child. If this is the case please contact the Register Office to discuss how to do this.
A correction is made in the register held at the office responsible for the area where the birth took place. Generally, corrections fall into two categories:
1. Corrections that can be authorised at the Register Office for the area where the person was born. These tend to be minor mistakes, e.g. in an occupation, a parent’s place of birth, an address etc.
2. Corrections that need to be sent to the General Register Office (GRO) for authorisation. These tend to be mistakes involving names.
How do I apply for a correction?
First of all, you should contact the Register Office for the area where the birth was registered to find out if it is a mistake that they can correct. Alternatively, you can ring GRO on 0300 123 1837 who can also confirm where your application needs to be sent.
If it is an application that must be sent to GRO, you will need to complete an application form and take it or send it to the local Register Office where the birth has been registered. The Register Office will ensure that the correct fee is applied.
Is there a fee?
There is a statutory fee for each application. If the application does not need to be referred to the GRO the fee will be £75.00. For any application requiring referral to GRO the fee will be £90.00.
This is a consideration fee and, as such, is not refundable. The fee must be paid at the point of application. You should contact the Register Office before sending your application to ask them how they will take the fee.