If you made a mistake when you were registering a birth you will need to send us the following information:
Within 2 weeks of registration:
- a letter saying what the error is and how it came to be made. We will send this to the Registrar General's Office who have to authorise all corrections to names.
After 2 weeks of registration:
- in addition to your letter, if there has been a longer time gap between registration and realising that an error exists, you will need to provide documentary proof. This should be as early a record of your child as you have, with their name that is different to that recorded in the registration. This evidence could be in the form of a clinic card, NHS medical card or bank book. The letter along with the documentary evidence will then be submitted to the Registrar General's office for consideration.
If it is another type of mistake, such as in a parent's name or place of birth, please contact Barnsley Registration Service for further information and advice.
You may wish to change the following details on your child's birth certificate:
- First name
- Including the father's details
- Mother's surname
Changing a first name
You can change the first name if you decide to do it within 12 months of the date of the registration of the birth.
If the child has been baptised within the 12 month period after birth registration you can:
- obtain a form by contacting the Barnsley Registration Service.
- take the form to the minister of the church in which the child was baptised
- complete the form and return it to your local Register Office.
The amended names can then be inserted into the original birth register. This process can be done at any time after the birth as long as the baptism took place within 12 months of the registration.
If the child has not been baptised you can complete a form at your local Register Office. This process can be done at any time after the birth as long as it can be proved that the change of name took place within 12 months of the birth registration. Once the form has been completed the amended name(s) will be inserted into the original birth registration.
Certified copies of the amended registration can then be purchased. The full copy certificate will contain both the original name and the new name. The short version certificate will only record the child's amended forename.
Re-registering your child's surname
If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth and the father did not attend with the mother to register the baby you can re-register the birth at any time in the future to include the father's details in the registration and change the surname of the child. You can get a form from the Barnsley Registration Service that has to be completed by both parents.
The easiest way for the birth to be re-registered is for both parents to attend their nearest registration office together, once the form has been completed and returned.
However, it is possible for either parent to make a statutory declaration before a solicitor or other person able legally to witness an oath, acknowledging parentage of the child. It is also possible for either parent to seek a court order naming the father. In any of these cases the birth will be registered again and certified copies of the re-registered birth can be purchased from the registrar.
Changing to the mother's surname
If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth and it was decided to give the child the father's surname, whether or not he attended with the mother, it is not possible to change the surname in the registration back to that of the mother. The only alternative will be to consult a solicitor and make a statutory declaration or deed poll changing the surname of the child.
This will not change the original birth registration. The statutory declaration or deed poll document should be attached to the birth certificate and this will provide evidence that the child is being brought up in a surname different to that recorded in the birth registration.
If the parents have married since registering the birth
If the parents have married each other since the birth was registered, the birth should be re-registered to accurately record the current legal status of the child.
A form is available from the Barnsley Registration Service that must be signed by both parents. The form should be returned to their nearest registration office, together with a copy of their marriage certificate. Once necessary checks have been made, either parent can then attend the office: the birth will then be re-registered and the child's surname can be changed (with restrictions) as part of this process.