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Birth re-registrations 

Adding the natural father's details

If the parents are unmarried and would like the natural father's details added to the birth record, they need to re-register the birth so that a new birth record can be created to replace the original one.

Please note that recording the father's details on a birth certificate gives him equal parental rights and responsibilities with the mother. For more information please refer to the gov website.

The natural parents have married each other since the birth

If the natural parents have married each other since the birth, they need to re-register the birth so that a new birth record can be created showing the child as a child of the parents' marriage.

Apply for re-registration

To apply for re-registration please see and complete the following:

Following a court issued 'Declaration of Parentage'

When a court in England or Wales issues a Declaration of Parentage, a birth can be re-registered to show the findings of the court. A copy of the declaration is sent directly to the General Register Office for the birth to be re-registered.

You do not need to do anything.  To find out how to apply for a Declaration of Parentage, contact a solicitor or the Chief Clerk at your local Magistrates or County Court.

If you would like further advice, please contact a registrar.

Fees

There is no charge for re-registrations, but if you would like a new birth certificate displaying the changes, you need to purchase one. See our fees page for current prices.



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