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An entry can only be corrected if there was a mistake at the
time of the registration. Evidence showing the correct details is
Some correction applications can be dealt with by the local
register office and some need to be dealt with by the General
Register Office. To find out which office would deal with your
correction you should contact the register office or telephone the
General Register Office on 0300 123 1837.
You will be advised of the procedure and how the correction will
be made and will also be told about what documentary evidence
will be needed. You will be asked to put your request for a
correction in writing, giving details of the error, what the
correct information should be and details about how the error
occurred. If the matter is to be dealt with by the General Register
Office, they would prefer you to complete an application form.
Depending on the type of mistake, there may be a need for a
qualified informant to witness the correction being made, so it is
helpful to if you can say in your application whether you would be
able to attend to do this.
Corrections are made by entering a note in the margin at
the end of the entry, and this note is reproduced on
Application forms and further advice from the General Register
Office can be download as PDF files below.
Corrections to birth entries
Corrections to deaths entries
Corrections to marriage entries