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Births & naming ceremonies

Re-registration of a birth

Re-registering a birth happens when the natural father's details need to be added, or if mother and father get married after the original birth certificate is created.

Some Things You Need to Know

  • Re-registering a birth is the process of creating a new record in the birth register by the natural parents of the child
  • Re-registration can take place at any time, regardless of the age of the child, and may be done at any register office in England and Wales
  • There is no charge for this service, but should the parents need to obtain a copy of the new birth certificate, normal fees will apply
  • As some re-registration queries can be complex, all re-registrations are by appointment only
  • Any birth that takes place in Sutton can be re-registered at Sutton Register Office.

Adding Father's Details

If the natural parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth and the father did not attend with the mother to register the baby it is possible to re-register the birth at any time in the future to include the father's details in the registration.

To do this, both parents need to complete this application form re-register a birth form. Both parents must attend the appointment to re register the child. A certificate can be purchased at the current statutory fee, showing the new details of the registration.

Showing the Parents as Married or in a Civil Partnership

If the natural parents have married each other since the birth was registered, the birth should be re-registered to accurately record the current legal status of the child.

If the natural parents have contracted their marriage within the UK a copy of the marriage certificate is required along with the completion of our re-register a birth form. The form must be signed by both parents. An appointment can then be made for the re-registration to take place. Either parent can attend to re register the child. A certificate can be purchased at the current statutory fee, showing the new details of the registration.

Please note if the natural parents have contracted their marriage outside of the UK the marriage certificate will need to be submitted to the General Register Office with the application re-register a birth form to obtain authority to proceed. Please contact the Register Office for further advice.