Correct a birth certificate or re-register a birth
Correcting a birth certificate
If a mistake was made at the time of registering the birth, it may be possible to correct the record.
Corrections cost either £75 or £90, depending on the type of correction.
Please contact us if you wish to make a correction. You will be asked to provide evidence of the change you want to make and you will normally need to go to the register office to witness the correction.
Re-registering a birth
There are two circumstances where a birth can be re-registered:
A child's birth must be re-registered if the biological parents have married each other since the birth of their child, under the Legitimacy Act 1976.
You can also re-register a child's birth to add the biological father's details to the original registration.
How to re-register
If you want to re-register your child's birth, you'll need:
- a completed re-registration form
- a marriage certificate, if the biological parents have married each other, or
- a re-registration form to add the father's details
You can get a re-registration form at your local register office or download a form from GOV.UK.
Both parents need to fill in and sign the re-registration form, then contact the Register Office in England or Wales to make a an appointment.
Book an appointment
Contact us to book an appointment to correct a birth certificate or re-register a birth.
Poole Registration Service
The Register Office