Changing a birth, death or marriage certificate

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 registeroffice@westminster.gov.uk 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.

From 1st 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. 

Please note:

  • It may not be possible for us to undertake the correction straight away as some corrections have to be authorised by the registrar general - we will advise you of this when we speak to you.
  • Corrections are undertaken on the authority of the registrar general in a very specific way.  The original information will always be shown as it was first given, but a marginal note will be written against the registration explaining what the correct information should be and the date when the correction was made. Any full certificates issued from that point on will include the note in the margin.
  • If there are no problems with your application sent by us to the registrar general, we can expect the paperwork authorising the correction to be sent to us within five working days. If the registrar general asks you for more information or you need to send in more paperwork or make a statutory declaration, each further reply from the registrar general may to take up to 20 working days. However, you should be aware that in exceptional circumstances, it may not always be possible for the registrar general to meet these targets.
  • If you are unable to provide suitable evidence, the correction may not be possible.
  • Please ensure you read the relevant guidance notes (available below).

 

Correction form Guidance notes
Birth correction application form Birth correction guidance notes
Death correction application form Death correction guidance notes
Marriage correction application form Marriage correction guidance notes

Last updated: 3 November 2017
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