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What corrections can be made

You can apply for a birth registration correction when the information is wrong - for example if a mistake was made when recording a parent’s occupation.

You can’t apply for a correction to show new information if circumstances change after you’ve registered your child’s birth, for example if you change your name after getting married again.

However, you can apply to re-register the birth if the natural parents get married at a later date.

Where to apply

In England and Wales you can apply for a correction to either:

  • the register office where your child’s birth was registered - for minor mistakes in a parent’s occupation, birthplace or address

  • the General Register Office (GRO) - for mistakes involving things like names

Removing the wrong father’s details

You can only apply to change who the father is if a DNA test proves (or a court order says) that the man named on the certificate isn’t the natural father.

Who can apply

The following people can apply for a correction:

  • the mother

  • the father (if his details are on the certificate)

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Removing the wrong father’s details

It’s not always necessary for the named father to take part in the correction process. The General Register Office (GRO) can correct the entry if 2 of the following people apply to have it changed:

  • the mother

  • the natural father

  • the man named on the birth certificate as the father

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