Correcting a birth or death registration

Coronavirus: Important information

Birth registrations will be carried out by face-to-face appointments. Appointments are available at Guildford Register Office (appointments available from 9 September), Leatherhead Register Office (appointments available from 27 August) and Weybridge Register Office (appointments available from 3 September).

If you are registering a multiple birth, please contact us and we will assist you in making an appointment.

Registration system: Changes implemented to the Government registration system used to register births, deaths, marriage and civil partnerships has introduced system instability. This means that your appointment may take longer than usual or the registrar may need to complete a manual registration; unfortunately in some cases we may be unable to issue a certificate at the time of registration. You may also have to wait longer than usual for an appointment due to appointments having to be extended to cope with the system instability.
We are sorry for any inconvenience or distress that this may cause, the General Register Office is currently unable to provide a timescale for when the system will be restored to a reliable and stable state.

We will only be booking correction and re-registration appointments for urgent cases because of the increased demand for notice of marriage and civil partnership, and birth registration appointments since lockdown measures have eased.

If you have discovered an error in a birth or death record, it may be possible to arrange for the entry to be corrected.

  • A correction can only be made when the original information is wrong.
  • A correction cannot be used to show new information because circumstances have changed since the registration.

The type of correction required depends entirely on what information needs to be changed. Some errors can be authorised by the register office holding the register; others will require authorisation by the General Register Office in Southport.

How do I apply for a correction?

You should first contact us to discuss the error you have found.

You may be asked to complete an application form for the correction and return it to the General Register Office. The application form and guidance notes can be found on the gov.uk website. Please use the links below:

Alternatively, we will be happy to send copies to you. The application form needs to be completed by hand as it requires original signatures.

How do I prove the information on the registration is wrong?

You need to show that the information originally given at the time of the registration was wrong. You will have to produce documents that clearly show what the correct information should have been and these documents should be valid or dated around the date of birth or death. Example documents are given on the application form.

If you cannot provide any supporting document, a correction is not usually possible.

What will the correction look like?

The original information on the registration will not change but the corrected information will be written in the margin of the entry indicating what the information should have been and the date that it was changed. Certificates issued from that record will also show the note in the margin detailing the correction to the entry.

Does it cost anything to do a correction?

A statutory correction application fee of £75 or £90 will be charged for the consideration of a correction to a registration. In addition to the correction application fee, if you require any replacement certificates that show the correction note, these cost £11 each or £35 each if you require the faster priority service .

Who can apply for a correction to a birth/death record?

  • Birth registration - usually it would be the mother or father (if his details are entered on the registration). If neither are available, please contact us to establish whether anyone else is eligible to do so.
  • Death registration - usually it would be the person who originally registered the death. Another person may be qualified with a letter from the original informant; please contact us for further information.

More information on corrections can be found on the gov.uk website. Please use the links below:

Alternatively, please contact the Surrey registration service.