Change a child's name or re-register a child
Register Office opening hours
We are closed on Bank Holidays and Sundays, with the exception of obtaining burial certificates for burial within 24 hours. Please call Waltham Forest Direct between 9am-11am.
This service is not available Good Friday or Christmas Day.
Changing a child’s forename
- new forenames were given in baptism or by regular use within 12 months of the birth being registered
- if your child has been baptised, only the baptismal names can be added to the register - the minister with custody of the baptismal register needs to confirm this with the 'Certificate of name given in Baptism' form.
- you must be the mother, father or guardian of the child to make the change
- forename changes can only be made once – any further forename changes cannot be recorded
- you must comply with any court orders in force about the naming of your child
What you need to do
Download 'Certificate of name given in Baptism'
Download 'Certificate of name not given in Baptism'
The easiest way for a birth to be re-registered is for both parents to attend the Register Office together after making an appointment.
Changing a child’s surname
Re-registering a child
- to record the natural father's details in the birth record.
- following the marriage of the natural parents, if they were not married at the time of the birth and the father did not attend with the mother to register the baby.
If one of you can’t be there, that person also needs to fill in a ‘Statutory declaration of acknowledgement of parentage’ form.