London Borough of Croydon

A child's birth needs to be re-registered if:
  • the natural father's details were not included in the original registration and the natural parents now wish to add them
  • the natural parents have married each other since birth and would like the birth record to show that the child is a child of the marriage

Adding the natural father's details

If the natural father's details were not added to the original birth record, they can be added at a later point. The parents will need to re-register the birth so that a new birth record can be created to replace the original one.

Before the appointment 

Download, complete and return the application form GRO185 signed by both mother and father to Croydon registry office. 

If you include an email address we will email you the next available appointment, if not we will send you a letter in the post. We will contact to you within 15 days with the time and date of your appointment. 

At the appointment

When attending your appointment you must bring:

  • the child's full birth certificate
  • documentation to support section 5 in the application form (if applicable)
  • a fee of £11 for a new certificate (if required)

Both parents must attend the re-registration

Do not use the GRO185 form if you are now married to each other

If the natural parents are now married

If the natural parents have married each other since the child's birth and would like the birth record to show that the child is a child of the marriage; you need to re-register the birth. A new birth record will then be created.

Before the appointment 

Download, complete and return the application form LA1 signed by both mother and father, to Croydon registry office. 

If you include an email address we will email you the next available appointment, if not we will send you a letter in the post. We will contact to you within 15 days with the time and date of your appointment. 

At the appointment

When attending your appointment you must bring:

  • the child's full birth certificate
  • the parents' marriage certificate
  • fee of £11 for new certificate (if required)

Either parent can attend the appointment.

Do not use the LA1 form if you are not married to each other

If you were married abroad

If you were married abroad you must send your completed application form and a copy of your marriage certificate (with translation if required) to Croydon register office. 

We will contact you within 15 days with the time and date of your appointment.

Amending a birth entry

Changing your baby's forename/s

If you have registered your child's birth but now wish to change the forename/s you may do so within 12 months of the registration.

If the child has been or will be baptised, complete the name given in baptism form (form 13) which must be signed by the officiating minister, and returned to the register office for the district where the child was born. The new name is then recorded in space 17 of the birth entry - this is at the bottom of the birth certificate. The name in space 2 remains as originally recorded.

If your child will not be baptised, then a name given not in baptism form (form 14) needs to be completed by mother or father and returned to the register office for the district where the child was born. The new name is then recorded in space 17 of the birth entry - this is at the bottom of the birth certificate. The name in space 2 remains as originally recorded.

There is a fee of £40 for this service, payable upon application.

If you wish to purchase new certificates including the change, these cost £11 each.

Correction to birth entry

If you discover that there is a mistake on the birth certificate, contact us using the details below for further advice.

There is a fee of between £75 and £90 for this service, payable on application, which must be paid before any analysis of the case is undertaken.

The fee must be paid regardless of whether the correction goes ahead or not. The fee does not include the cost for a certificate after the correction is completed. If you wish to purchase new certificates including the change, these cost £11 each.

How to pay

Payment can be made by:

  • debit or credit card
  • cheque (payable to Croydon council)

Contacts

Croydon Register Office

Telephone: 
020 8726 6300
Address Line:

Ground Floor Offices

Croydon Town Hall

Fell Road

Croydon

CR0 1NX

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm (closed on the first Wednesday morning of every month for training)

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