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 you can produce evidence that a mistake was made.
We will need to refer most requests for changes to the General Register Office for consideration. We can advise what type of documentary evidence you'll need 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. This means that if you want to change your name later in life it will not be possible to amend your birth certificate to record your current name.
You can change the forenames of a child, if the new names were used within 12 months of the registration. You'll have to provide evidence of the use of the new names.
For further advice please contact us on 020 8359 6400.