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Re-register a birth

Why do I need to re-register a birth?

You may need to re-register your child if:

You have married the father/second parent since the birth

If you have married the father/second parent in the UK since the birth, you should re-register the birth to show the new status of both you and your child. You need to re-register even if the second parent’s details were shown in the original registration. Either the mother or the father/second parent can re-register the birth.

The birth was registered showing only the mother’s details

If the birth was registered showing only the mother’s details, the details of the father/second parent can be added at any time. Both parents must attend the re-registration, or a declaration of parentage must be obtained from a solicitor.

If the baby was born outside of the registered district, you can re-register the baby by declaration. We will send the declaration to the correct register office who will then re-register the birth and issue your certificates. If you would like us to do this for you, please check what method of payment is accepted by the district that the child is being registered.

Birth certificate fees

There is no charge for re-registration, but you may wish to obtain a birth certificate from the new entry.

Birth certificates cost £11 each.

Book an appointment

An appointment is required to re-register a birth.

To book an appointment, please contact customer services on 01344 352000, between 8:30am and 4:45pm.

At the appointment

You have married the father/second parent since the birth

Since the birth, if you have married the father/second parent outside of the UK, you must first get authorisation for re-register from the General Register Office.

Re-registration application forms can be obtained from any register office in England or Wales or from GOV.UK:

At the appointment you will need to provide the completed re-registration form and show your original marriage certificate. Please note that the application form normally needs to be signed by both parents, but only one parent needs to attend the appointment.

    The birth was registered showing only the mother’s details

    At the appointment you will need to provide a completed re-registration form signed by both parents.

    If you are adding the father's details and you are not married, you both need to attend the appointment. Otherwise, you can do this by statutory declaration.

    If you want to do this by statutory declaration, you must first get authorisation for re-register from the General Register Office.

    Re-registration application forms can be obtained from any register office in England or Wales or from GOV.UK:

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