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Corrections to a birth certificate

If you notice incorrect information on your child's birth certificate, you may be able to correct it by following this process.

1. Download the appropriate form and guidance notes

2. Complete the application form and gather your supporting evidence. Email to make an appointment to bring the documents to Islington Town Hall.

Please note: we can only accept applications for births that occurred in the borough of Islington or the City of London (this refers to the area in London known as the Square Mile and not London as an entire city, please view a map to check). If the birth occurred elsewhere, you will need to make an application to the local register office.

3. We will copy your supporting evidence and assess the type of correction that is required. We will ask you to pay a fee of £83.00 or £99.00, depending on the type of correction required. These fees are set by central government and are for consideration of the correction application. They do not guarantee the application will be successful.

It may take between one week and two months for the application to be decided on, depending on the complexity of the case and the quality of the evidence provided. 

4. Once a decision has been made, the register office will call you to make an appointment to complete the correction or inform you of the decision, and you will be able to purchase corrected certificates.

The original information will always be shown in the register. After the correction has been authorised, a note will be added to the margin of the register. This will explain what the correct information is and when the correction was made.

Please visit the General Register Office website for more details about corrections.


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