Register a birth

Re-register a birth

You can re-register a child’s birth to include details of the child’s natural father or if the natural parents have since married. 

How to re-register a birth 


Book an appointment

To re-register a birth to include the natural father’s details apply using Form GRO 185

To re-register a birth after the natural parents have married apply using Form LA1

If the child was born in Newham please submit your completed forms to: 

Newham Registration Service 
London Borough of Newham 
Newham Town Hall 
Barking Road 
East Ham  
London  
E6 2RP 

Once we have received your completed form we will then contact you to advise if you need to arrange an appointment with a registrar for the re-registration of the birth.  

Unable to attend the register office where the birth occurred 

If you are unable to get to the register office in the district where the birth occurred, you can re-register at another register office by declaration and should take the application forms to the register office where you wish to be seen.  

Most re-registrations can be authorised in the register office. Some applications have to be referred to the Registrar General for consideration, for example if a court order is involved or if the marriage took place outside England and Wales.  

How much does it cost to re-register a birth? 

There is no charge for re-registration but you may wish to buy a birth certificate during the appointment for £11.