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Re-Registration

 

Births

A child’s birth can be re-registered under certain circumstances.

If the child’s parents are not married to each other, and the father was not included in the original entry, it is possible to re-register the birth to include the natural father’s details. The new birth record will replace the original one. Both parents will have to complete and sign a form GRO185, available from the local Register Office.

The completed form, along with any documents required, must be sent to the Register Office the parents wish to attend. It is possible to re-register by declaration at any Register Office in England or Wales, if it is not convenient to attend the office where the birth was originally registered. If, for any reason, both parents are unable to attend the re-registration together, contact the Register Office for further advice.

It is possible to re-register by declaration at any Register Office in England and Wales, if it is not convenient to attend the office where the child was originally registered. There is no charge for re-registration, but the usual fee is charged for any new birth certificates requested.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-re-register-a-childs-birth-and-add-the-natural-fathers-details
 

If the child’s natural parents have married each other or formed a Civil Partnership after the birth of the child, and would like their marital status to be shown in the birth entry, it is possible to re-register any children born prior to the marriage or Civil Partnership. To do this, a form LA1, obtainable from the local Register Office, needs to be completed and returned, along with any documents required, to the Register Office the parent wishes to attend. It is possible to re-register by declaration at any Register Office in England and Wales, if it is not convenient to attend the office where the child was originally registered. There is no charge for re-registration, but the usual fee is charged for any new birth certificates requested.

There is no charge for re-registration, but the usual fee is charged for any new birth certificates requested. To obtain an application form go to :
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-re-register-a-childs-birth-following-marriage-of-natural-parents


Re-registering a Child Born via a Surrogacy Arrangement

When a surrogate mother has a baby for another couple, she must register the child as her own. Since November 1994, the couple who arranged for the surrogate mother to carry a child for them, may obtain a Parental Order issued under Section 30 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act from a court in the UK showing them as the child’s parents. Once the court has issued the Order, a new birth record can be made showing the commissioning parents as the parents of the child. Seek legal advice about applying for a Parental Order.


Re-registering a Child Where the Father Died Before the Child was Conceived

Where a child is conceived as a result of fertility treatment after the death of the father, it may be possible to include his details when the child is registered.

However, if the father was not included in the original entry, the birth can be re-registered to show his details on production of the following evidence:

  • His written consent to the fertility treatment and to being named as the father in the child’s birth registration (not required where the man died before 18th September 2003)
  • Written confirmation from the clinic that the man’s consent had not been withdrawn (not required where the man died before 18th September 2003)
  • The woman’s written request for the man to be named as the father in the entry.
  • Written confirmation of the fertility treatment from a medical source.
  • The man’s death certificate (original required).
  • A marriage certificate where appropriate.


For further information on treatment services and deceased fathers, see www.hfea.gov.uk Link to External Website

For further information regarding re-registration of births, see General Register Office Link to External Website