Need a copy urgently? If you order before 12.30pm from Monday to Friday, you can collect the certificate from the Council House after 3pm on the same day.
Birth entries record the facts at the time of the birth and are taken from details give when the birth is registered.
We might be able to change the details or add to the information originally recorded if:
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, there will be a fee for consideration of any correction. For further information regarding fees, please contact the Register Office or view online at GOV.UK.
You can change a child's first names within 12 months of the birth registration in the following ways:
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.
In certain circumstances, we can re-registered a birth. Re-registration means the new registration replaced the original registration in records:
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, you will need their permission in writing to change the surname.
No, the re-registration is free but there is the usual charge for the issue of any new certificates.
If you would like to buy new certificates you can order and pay for them at our customer services portal Derby Direct to You or visit the Council House. You will need to pay by debit or credit card as we only accept cash in certain circumstances.
To book an appointment with one of our registrars to re-register a birth, please use our online booking system.
If we can't 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.