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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 so that we can establish the type of correction and evidence required.

Please note that currently, the Westminster Register Office is open for pre booked appointments and ceremonies only - please do not come into the register office. ​

You should download the application form and post to us along with the original supporting documentation. It is not possible to receive this online or by email.

The postal address is The Westminster Registration Service, 317 Harrow Road, London, W9 3RJ.

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. 

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 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  
Last updated: 25 September 2020