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Re-registration of a child's birth

What is a re-registration of birth?

A child's birth must be re-registered at an appointment if the parents have entered a marriage or civil partnership with each other since the birth.

A new birth record will then be created which will show the child as a child of the parents' marriage or civil partnership. This replaces the original registration and all future copy birth certificates will be issued from this new record.

How do I re-register a birth?

Please note: re-registration cannot be completed in advance, it can only happen after your marriage or civil partnership ceremony.

Both parents need to fill in an LA1 form for each child, from the Gov.uk website. You can also get this form from a registration office.

Send the form with the child’s birth certificate and your marriage/civil partnership certificate to the Registration Office where you would like to have the appointment, this doesn't have to be the office that you initially registered the birth in.

Once the registration office receives the form they will contact you to book an appointment. Only one parent will need to attend this appointment although both are welcome.

For more information please contact us.

Fees and charges

There is no charge for this service, but you can purchase a new full birth certificate for your child which you will need for many official purposes, such as passport applications.

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