Births - change of name

A new or additional forenames can be given to a child within the first 12 months after the birth is registered.

A change of name is not intended to be used to correct an error or omission.

If it is clear that a name was incorrectly recorded at registration you need to make an application for a correction.

In order to apply for a change of name, an application form needs to be completed and given to the register office where the entry is held. The birth certificates with the old name need to be given to the register office along with an application form and the relevant fee for a new certificate. The change of name will be made and the new certificate provided.

On all new certificates received you will always see the original name given at birth in Space 2 of the certificate. The new name you have given to the child will appear in Space 17 on the certificate.

No information can ever be removed or erased from a record.

Forms

Fees

  • £40 for change of name
  • Additional fees if priority or while-you-wait certificate service has been selected
  • See birth certificates for processing costs and times. 

How can payments be made?

You can post the completed form together with the appropriate payment to The Register Office, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London, W6 9JU or drop it off in person at the Register Office from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm.

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