Re-register a birth
Find out when you must re-register a birth and how to do this.
A child's birth must be re-registered if the biological parents have married each other since the birth of their child, under the Legitimacy Act 1976.
You can also re-register a child's birth to add the biological father's details to the original registration.
How to re-register
If you want to re-register your child's birth, you'll need:
- a completed re-registration form
- a marriage certificate, if the biological parents have married each other, or
- a re-registration form to add the father's details
You can get a re-registration form at your local register office or download a form from GOV.UK.
Both parents need to fill in and sign the re-registration form, then take it to a Register Office in England or Wales in person to make a re-registration.
Page last updated: 01 February 2018