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Certificate corrections

An entry can only be corrected if there was a mistake at the time of the registration. Evidence showing the correct details is required.

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 certificates.

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