A correction can only be made when the information on the certificate is wrong. It may be that a copying error was made when the certificate was issued or a mistake has been made on the original entry in the register.

The local register office may be able to make the correction but if not an application will need to be completed and sent to GRO.

There may be a fee to correct a certificate.

You should contact the register office where the event was registered to find out if it’s a mistake they can correct and also whether there will be a charge and if so, how much.

The certificate cannot be corrected to show new information if your circumstances change after the birth is registered.

For more information on how to apply, and what documents are needed please see  correct a birth registration  Opens in a new window

You can’t change a death certificate once it’s been issued, but you can apply to get a note added to the original entry in the death register.

For more information on how to apply, and what documents are needed please see correcting a death registration  Opens in a new window .

 

You can’t apply for a correction to show new information if circumstances change after the marriage.

For more information on how to apply, and what documents are needed please see correcting a marriage registration  Opens in a new window .