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 

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.

Camden Registration Service
220 Eversholt Street
London NW1 1BD

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.

Certificate fees (PDF)

 

Can I change the forenames (first or middle name) of my child?

If the registration was less than 12 months ago, you can still amend any forenames for your child on the birth certificate. There is a charge of £40 for this process and an additional charge to purchase any new certificates.

Please complete the request using our attached pack (PDF).

For more information see attached leaflet (PDF)

If the registration was more than twelve months ago, normally the only way you can officially change a name is through deed poll. A deed poll can be made at any time for any of the names.

Apply for a deed poll

Can I change the surname of my child?

There are only two occasions when you may be able to update the surname of your child as recorded on the birth certificate:

  • when completing a re-registration to add the father/parents name on a birth certificate where originally just the mother was recorded
  • when completing a re-registration following marriage between the parents of the child.

Once the change of name has been completed you can order new certificates.

Fees for certificates (PDF).

What happens if there is a mistake on a marriage or civil partnership certificate?

If there is a mistake on a marriage certificate this can only be corrected by making an application by the parties married or in a civil partnership and paying the relevant fee.

All marriage or civil partnership corrections have to be approved by the General Register Office (GRO). There is a charge of £90 to do this.

Please visit the gov.uk website for further information and to download a form.

Once the form has been completed, deliver it to the register office so that we can forward to GRO. 

Alternatively, it can be sent directly to GRO who will advise us once approved. Otherwise they will correspond with you directly. The parties to the marriage will have to witness the correction once GRO approval is granted.

Camden Registration Service
220 Eversholt Street
London NW1 1BD

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.

Once a correction is complete you will need to purchase a new certificate with the updated details.

Certificate fees (PDF).