Last updated: 26 November 2021
Re-registering your child's birth
You can re-register a birth if:
Parents have married after the birth
If the parents have married after the child was born and you want the natural father’s details to be on the birth record, you must re-register your child’s birth.
Fill in an application for re-registration following parents' marriage and return it to the Register Office.
Parents aren’t married
If one of you can’t be there, that person also needs to fill in a statutory declaration of parentage form.
If the child is 16 years of age or over, you must get their written consent before their surname can be changed.
Changing your child's name
Can I change my child's first name?
You can change a child’s first name if you give them new names:
- in baptism or;
- by regular use in 12 months after you registered the birth
- if your child was baptised, only the baptismal names can be added to the register
- first name changes can only be made once – any further changes can't be recorded
- you must comply with any court orders about the naming of your child
Who can change it?
Only the child's:
How can I change it?
If your child was baptised in a church. The vicar or minister of the church needs to complete the certificate of name given in baptism form.
Certificate of name
Send the form to the original register office. If you don't live in the same area, contact your local register office and ask about re-registration by declaration.
What happens next?
Once we process the paperwork, the Registrar will contact you to arrange an appointment.
The easiest way to register a birth is for both parents to attend the appointment.
Can I change my child’s surname?
You can only change your child’s surname if there is a mistake on the original birth record.
If the information above has not answered your questions, you can email the Register Office.