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Re-registration if parents are now married
If the parents have got married since the registration of birth, the birth should be re-registered to accurately record the legal status of the child.
- Either parent can attend the re-registration appointment, with the completed application 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
- An application form can be downloaded or is available from the Register Office and must be completed by both parents
- Certified copies of the re-registered birth can be purchased from the registrar
Re-registration to add father's name to birth certificate
If the natural parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth and the father did not attend to register the baby, it is possible to re-register the birth to include the father's details in the registration and change the surname of the child.
- The easiest way for a birth to be re-registered is to book a re-registration appointment, and for both parents to attend the Register Office together,
- An application form to be completed by both parents can be downloaded or is available from the Lambeth Register Office
If both parents are unable to attend together for the re-registration
- It is possible for either parent to make a statutory declaration, before a solicitor or other person legally able to witness an oath, acknowledging parentage of the child
- It is also possible for either parent to seek a Court Order naming the father
Before booking an appointment, if the parents are unable to attend together, the application form and statutory declaration of parentage form should be brought into the office, so that it can be sent to the General Register Office for authorisation.
If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth and it was decided to give the child the father's surname, whether or not he attended with the mother, it is not possible to change the surname in the registration back to that of the mother.
Costs for this service
This service is free of charge.
Copies of certificates can be purchased at £4 each at the time of the re-registration