Birth - certificate amendments

New – you can now apply and pay online for a copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate. Request a copy in minutes.

Need a copy urgently? Through our gold service, you can request to collect a certificate from Royal Oak House within an hour. Again, apply online.

Why might I need to amend a birth certificate?

Birth entries record the facts at the time of the birth from which birth certificates are issued.

It may be possible to change the details or add to the information originally recorded if:

  • errors made on a birth certificate at the time of registration that need correcting
  • changes made to a child's forename
  • re-registration of the birth following a change of circumstance.

How do I correct errors on a birth certificate?

If errors are discovered on the birth certificate, you may be able to change or add details. You should contact the register office where the birth was registered to do this.

To make an application to correct a birth certificate, the person who registered the child should ideally do this with the original register office. He or she will need to produce documentary evidence to prove an error was made at the time of registration.

How do I change a child's forename on a birth certificate?

You can change a child's forename(s) within 12 months of the birth registration in one of two ways:

  • new forenames given in baptism within 12 months of the birth being registered. You need to complete the Certificate of name given in baptism
  • new forenames given in any other way (known as "not in baptism") within 12 months of the birth being registered. You need to complete the Certificate of name not given in baptism.

If your child has been baptised, only the baptismal names can be added to the register - the minister with custody of the baptismal register needs to confirm this with the Certificate of name not given in baptism form.

  • You must be the mother, father or guardian of the child to be able make the change
  • You can only change forenames once
  • You must comply with any court orders in force about the naming of your child
  • If you wish to change a child's surname on a birth certificate you can only do so to correct a spelling mistake

How do I re-register a birth?

In certain circumstances, a birth entry may be re-registered. Re-registration is the completion of a new record of birth that supersedes an original registration:

  • to record the natural father's details in the birth record
  • following the marriage of the natural parents, if they were not married at the time of the birth

In these circumstances, you are able to change the child's surname to the mother's or the father's - or a combination of the two - as long as both parents agree to the change. If the child is 16 years of age or over, his or her written consent must be obtained before the surname can be changed.

What information will I need to supply for registration?

  • You will need to obtain and complete the form LA1 or GRO185 from the Direct Gov website
  • A copy of the original birth entry
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)

Is there a fee for re-registration?

No, the re-registration is free but there is the usual charge for the issue of any new certificates. Please see the table below. 

Change of name deeds

If it is not possible to make a change to a birth certificate it may be possible to change a name or surname of a child by a change of name deed. Derby Register Office also offers a change of name service at a competitive price. Please contact us for further details.

Register Office Fees

ServiceCost
Copy of full birth, death or marriage certificates for our Bronze 48 hour service £10.00
Copy of full birth, death or marriage certificates for our silver 24 hour service £15.00
Copy of full birth, death or marriage certificates for our priority one hour service £20.00
Copy of birth, death or marriage certificates issued at time of registration only £4.00
Copy of birth, death or marriage certificates issued after registration only £7.00
Short birth certificate £10.00
Large family history scroll £5.00
Notice of marriage or Civil Partnership £35.00 each

Pre booked Saturday appointment for Notice of marriage or Civil Partnership

£35 each plus £15 non-refundable booking fee taken in advance

£50.00 each

 

ServiceCost
A non-refundable booking fee is payable upon booking any marriage or Civil Partnership. This is deducted from the ceremony fee you are required to pay as long as the marriage takes place in the City of Derby £45.00
A fee to rearrange the date or time of your marriage after notice of marriage is given £20.00
Marriage or Civil Partnership fee at Register Office, Royal Oak House (includes one copy certificate) - Maximum four guests. Available Monday to Thursday only £49.00
Marriage or Civil Partnership fee at Acorn Room, Royal Oak House (includes one copy certificate) - Monday to Friday. Seating for 22 guests £129.00
Marriage or Civil Partnership fee at Acorn Room, Royal Oak House (includes one copy certificate) - Saturday mornings. Seating for 22 guests £154.00
Marriage or Civil Partnership fee at Register Office, Oak Room (includes one copy certificate) - Monday – Friday. Seating for 86 guests £204.00
Marriage or Civil Partnership fee at Register Office, Oak Room (includes one copy certificate) - Monday - Friday. Seating for 86 guests £254.00
Attendance for marriage or Civil Partnership at approved premises - Monday to Friday (includes one copy certificate) £324.00
Attendance for marriage or Civil Partnership at approved premises - Saturday (includes one copy certificate) £354.00
Attendance for marriage or Civil Partnership at approved premises - Sunday or Bank Holiday (includes one copy certificate) £434.00
Register Office Renewal of Marriage Vows or Baby Naming Ceremony - Monday - Friday £125.00
Register Office Renewal of Marriage Vows or Baby Naming Ceremony - Saturdays £175.00
Approved Premises Renewal of Marriage Vows or Baby Naming Ceremony - Monday - Friday £150.00
Approved Premises Renewal of Marriage Vows or Baby Naming Ceremony - Saturdays £175.00
Approved Premises Renewal of Marriage Vows or Baby Naming Ceremony - Sundays or Bank Holidays £200.00
Attendance of a Registrar or Civil Partnership Registrar at a Religious Building approved for marriages and Civil Partnerships (includes one copy certificate) £84.00

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Contact details

Email:
Post address:
Register Office
Royal Oak House
Market Place
Derby
DE1 3AR
Phone: 01332 641680
Minicom: 01332 640666
Royal Oak House
Market Place
Derby
DE1 3AR