Make changes to a birth record

You need to re-register a birth if you want to do either of the following:

  • add the father's name
  • amend the registration to reflect that the parents have married since the birth.

For any other changes, you'll need to contact the registrar.

If you want to register a new birth, you need to read the guidance on registering a birth.

Add the father's name

If you're unmarried and would like the natural father's details added to the birth record, you need to re-register the birth so that a new birth record replaces the original one.

Download the form to add the father's details (Gov.UK)

Both parents need to attend the register office for the re-registration. If this isn't possible, the absent parent needs to complete the statutory declaration of acknowledgement of parentage form.

Download the statutory declaration of acknowledgement of parentage form (Gov.UK)

If you've married since the birth

If you've got married since the birth, you need to re-register the birth so that a new birth record can be created showing the child as a child of the parents' marriage.

Download the form for re-registration following parents' marriage (Gov.UK)