Change a birth registration

How to re-register a birth, change a name or make a correction on your child's birth certificate.

We will only carry out urgent re-registrations at this time.

Re-registering a child's birth

Your child’s birth needs to be re-registered if you wish to add the natural father’s details or if the natural parents have married or formed a civil partnership with each other since the birth.

Advice and application forms for the following:

You can also contact us to obtain a paper copy of either of the above forms.

Once the relevant form has been completed, signed and returned to the register office along with any relevant documents (e.g. marriage or civil partnership certificate) an appointment will be made for both parents (re-registration to add natural father’s details) or one parent (re-registration following marriage or civil partnership) to attend an appointment to sign the birth register. Updated copies of the child’s birth certificate can be issued at this appointment.

Send the relevant form to the register office for the district where the child was born. If your child was born in Oxfordshire return the form to:

The Registration Hub
Oxford Register Office
1 Tidmarsh Lane

It is also possible for either parent to make a statutory declaration before a solicitor or other person able legally to witness an oath, acknowledging parentage of the child. It is also possible for either parent to seek a court order naming the father.

Changing the child’s surname

If the parents were not married to, or in a civil partnership with, each other at the time of the birth and it was decided to give the child the father's surname, whether or not he attended with the mother, it is not possible to change the surname in the registration back to that of the mother.

The only alternative will be to consult a solicitor and make a statutory declaration or deed poll changing the surname of the child.

This will not change the original birth registration. The statutory declaration or deed poll document should be attached to the birth certificate and this will provide evidence that the child is being brought up in a surname different to that recorded in the birth registration.

Correcting an error in a birth registration

Every birth registration is an historic record of the event. However, if a mistake was made on the original record, it may be possible to get it changed. Documentary evidence to show the correct information may be required.

A fee will apply to have the birth entry corrected.

See GOV.UK for detailed advice and application forms.