Registration of Births

Re-Register a Birth

There are two situations in which you may request your child's birth to be re-registered. These are:

  1. To show the natural parents are now married to each other.
  2. To add the natural father's details.

 

Booking a re-registration appointment

The Isle of Wight Register Office operates on an appointment system. You will need to make an appointment to re-register the birth, please call us on 01983 823233.

Please note:  We are not open weekends.

Payments & fees

  • There is no fee for re-registering a baby's birth.

  • Full Birth Certificates on the day of the re-registration may be purchased at £4.

  • Full Birth Certificates after the day of re-registration will cost £10.

  • Please pay for certificates by cash or card, we do not accept cheques.

 

Application process - natural parents are now married to each other

  • If the natural 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.

  • The form (LA1) must be completed by both parents, this form can be downloaded from the GOV.UK website - LA1, alternatively you can request a copy from the registration service.

  • Either parent can then attend the appointment, with the completed form, child's birth certificate and a copy of the marriage certificate.

  • Please note: further documents may be needed at this appointment. Please read the LA1 application form carefully, as you complete the form it will explain any other documents you will need to take with you to the re-registration appointment.

  • At the re-registration appointment it may be possible to change the child's surname, if required, as part of this process. Please mention that you wish to change your childs surname when you book the re-registration appointment, the registration service will advise you if this is possible.

  • Once this process is complete the birth will be re-registered.

 

Application process - adding the natural father's details

  • It may be possible to re-register the birth to include the father's details and change the child's surname, if the child's natural parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth and the natural father's details were not originally registered.

  • The GRO185 form must be completed by both parents. You will need to ask for a copy of this form (GRO185) from the registration service. 

  • A Statutory Declaration of Parentage form will also need to be completed, this form can be downloaded from the GOV.UK website,  alternatively you can request a copy from any registration service in England and Wales.

  • Please note: further documents may be needed at this appointment. Please read the GRO185 application form carefully, as you complete the form it will explain any other documents you will need to take with you to the re-registration appointment.

 

Who can attend the re-registration appointment - adding the natural father's details

The birth can be re-registered in one of the following ways:

  • The mother and father both attend the appointment to re-register the birth together.

  • Either parent makes a statutory declaration acknowledging parentage of the child. This must be witnessed by a solicitor or person legally able to witness an oath.

  • Either parent has obtained a court order naming the father.

 

Further Information

To make other amendments or any queries about the re-registering process, please complete our online send a message to service form or call 01983 823233.