All enquiries or requests to change or correct a registration certificate must be made by telephone to the corrections team on 020 7641 7500 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can establish the type of correction and evidence required.
If the correction is related to a birth please read this guidance on making a correction to a birth certificate.
You may be asked to complete a correction application form (which you can download below) and to bring it in with documentary evidence to a pre-booked ‘verification appointment’. You will be advised what to bring to the appointment. Your completed form and evidence will be checked and sent to the registrar general.
If you decide to change your child's first name(s) within 12 months of the date of the registration of the birth, you are able to do so on the original birth registration by way of a Space 17 birth certificate amendment. Once the form has been completed and returned to the Register Office, the amended names can be inserted in to space 17 of the original birth register.
If the amendment is related to the child's first name(s) please read this guidance on changing the first name of the child.
From 1 November 2017, the General Register Office has introduced fees to be paid for changes made to a birth, death or marriage certificate.
|Type of Correction||Amount to pay|
|Where the correction can be authorised by Westminster Register Office||£75|
|Where the correction can be authorised by The General Register Office||£90|
|Space 17 birth certificate amendment||£40|
In addition, fees will need to be taken for any certificates required after the correction, as well as any postage or priority fees.
|Correction form||Guidance notes||Space 17 forms|
|Birth correction application form||Birth correction guidance notes||Name change within 12 months (not in Baptism)|
|Death correction application form||Death correction guidance notes||Name change within 12 months (given in Baptism)|
|Marriage correction application form||Marriage correction guidance notes|