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Adding the name of a father or second female parent to a birth certificate

You must re-register your child’s birth if you want to add the details of the natural father or second female parent to the birth record. You must also re-register the birth if the parents have married or entered into a civil partnership after the birth of the child.

The forms required for re-registration are available below. You can choose to complete one of these forms before booking yourself an appointment to undertake the re-registration, or alternatively you can complete the form at the appointment with the registrar's assistance.

In certain cases your application to re-register your child may need to be sent away to be processed by the General Register Office (GRO). If this is required you will need to attend the office for a second appointment to complete the re-registration once the application has been approved by GRO.

If you want a new birth certificate following re-registration you will be required to pay for it - you don’t get one automatically when you re-register the birth. 

Please note, you cannot re-register a birth at any of the Surestart Centres we attend.

Mother and father have married after the birth

If you have a child born in Manchester that you wish to re-register following the marriage or civil partnership of the parents, fill in an ‘Application for re-registration following parents’ marriage’ form and then book yourself an appointment here. Only one parent needs to attend the appointment both but both parents must sign the form. Please complete one form per child. If you require help completing the form please book an appointment and the registrar will assist you.

Mother and father aren’t married

If you have a child born in Manchester and you wish to add the father’s name to the birth record, fill in an ‘Application for the re-registration of a child’s birth’ form and then book yourself an appointment here. Both parents must attend the appointment. Please complete one form per child. If you require help completing the form please book an appointment and the registrar will assist you.

If one of you can’t be at the appointment, that person also needs to fill in a ‘Statutory declaration of acknowledgement of parentage’ form and bring it to your initial appointment at the Register Office. Please note, your application will then need to be sent to the General Register Office (GRO) to be processed. Once the application has been approved you will be required to attend a second appointment at the Manchester Register Office to complete the re-registration process.

If there’s been a ‘Declaration of Parentage’

A Declaration of Parentage is when the court decides who the father of a baby is. You don’t need to do anything to change the birth record if there’s been a Declaration of Parentage made by a court. The court will tell the General Register Office and the birth will be re-registered. You’ll need to order a new birth certificate if you want one.

Mother and second female parent have married / entered into civil partnership after the birth.

If the mother has married or formed a civil partnership with the child's second female parent, after the birth has been registered, the birth should be re-registered.

You will need to contact the General Register Office (GRO) to obtain the relevant forms. The completed forms and supporting documentation will then need to be submitted to GRO who will authorise the re-registration. Once it has been authorised, the re-registration will be carried out at the Register Office. 

GRO contact details for re-registration

Changing the father's name on the birth certificate.

If the wrong father is named on the current birth certificate, you can ask for a correction. That will remove the wrong father’s name. Then you can re-register the birth with the right father’s name.

You can only apply to change who the father is if a DNA test proves (or a court order says) that the man named on the certificate isn't the natural father. Please contact the Manchester Register Office for further information.

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