Changes to registrations
Changes to Birth, Death, Marriage or Civil Partnership registrations
Once a registration has been completed it becomes a legal document. It is extremely difficult to change any information on the original registration unless evidence can be produced that a mistake has been made.
Most errors in registers need to be referred to the General Register Office for consideration and the registrar will be able to advise what type of documentary evidence will be required for a correction to be authorised.
A registration is not a document of current identity and is a purely historic document that records the information that was correct at the time it was signed. That means that if a person wants to change their name later in life it is not possible to amend their birth certificate to record the current name.
It is possible to change the forenames of a child, if the new names were used within 12 months of the registration. Evidence of the use of the new names must be provided.
For further advice please contact us on 020 8359 6400.