Adding a father's name to a birth certificate
Re-register your child’s birth to add the natural father’s details to the birth record.
The form you fill in depends on whether:
- you marry the natural father after your child’s birth was registered - you must re-register the birth by law
- you’re not married but you want the natural father’s name on the birth record
Take the completed form to the register office. If you’re not married and one of you can’t be there, that person also needs to fill in a ‘Statutory declaration of acknowledgement of parentage’ form and post it to the General Register Office.
Getting a new birth certificate
If you want a new birth certificate you’ll have to order one separately - you don’t get one automatically when you re-register the birth.
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.
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.