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Registration of births

4. Re-registering a birth

There are two main situations in which a child's parents may request the birth to be re-registered.

To show that the parents are now married

A re-registration is required by law to reflect the fact that the parents have been married to each other since the child’s birth.

If the natural parents have married each other since the birth was registered, the birth should be re-registered to accurately record the current legal status of the child.

A form is available from the Registration Service, which must be signed by both parents. Either parent can then attend the Register Office, with the completed form and a copy of the marriage certificate.

The birth will then be re-registered and the child's surname can be changed as part of this process. Certified copies of the re-registered birth can be purchased from the Registrar.

Adding the father's details

If the child's natural parents were not married to each other at the time of the child’s birth, and the father did not attend with the mother to register the baby it may be possible to re-register the birth at any time in the future to include the father's details in the registration and change the surname of the child.

A form is available from the Registration Service this must be completed by both parents.
The easiest way for the birth to be re-registered is for both parents to attend the Register Office together.

However, it is possible for either parent to make a statutory declaration, before a solicitor or other person able legally to witness an oath, acknowledging parentage of the child.

It is also possible for either parent to seek a Court Order naming the father. In any of these cases the birth will be registered again and certified copies of the re-registered birth can be purchased from the Registrar.