What happens if there is a mistake on a birth or death certificate?
If a mistake occurs, correction of an error in a register can only be made according to legal procedures as set out by the General Register Office (GRO). There will be a charge of £75 for a correction and £90 if the correction has to be sent to the GRO for approval. These charges are set by government. For further information visit gov.uk
How do I apply for a correction?
Download the relevant GRO application form
Complete the relevant correction form and email this to firstname.lastname@example.org we will then contact you to arrange an appointment for you to submit your documents.
To keep footfall into the Register Office to a minimum you will not be permitted into the Register Office without an appointment.
It would also be helpful when completing the correction form please select the option whereby we can make the correction without the presence of an informant.
You can also apply to The General Register Office directly, but you will need to send them original documents.
Submit the completed form to us together with supporting original documents either in the post or in person to us and we will forward it to GRO for approval if required. We will return your original documents to you.
What will a correction look like on a certificate?
The original information will still be shown as it was first given, but a marginal note will be added at the bottom of the certificate. This will describe what the correct information should be and the date the correction was made. All certificates issued thereafter will show the note in the margin.
How much does it cost to update or correct a certificate?
The charge depends on whether it has to be referred to GRO where it would be £90 or whether we can do it which will be £75, if you would like a new certificate displaying the changes, you will need to purchase one. See our fees list for current prices.
Correction Fees (PDF)