Adding a father's name to a birth certificate
The form you fill in depends on whether
- you marry or form a civil partnership with the nautral father after your child's birth was registered - you must re-register the birth by law
- you’re not married or in a civil partnership but you want the natural father's name on the birth record
If you wish to change the child’s surname, it can be changed to the same as the mother, the natural father or any combination of the two as long as both parents agree to the change. Where the child is 16 years or over, their written consent will be required.
You cannot change a child’s forenames at re-registration.
New birth certificates can be purchased on the day of re-registration appointment.
Depending on the type of re-registration, you will need to complete an application form. Once completed, you will need to return it to Hounslow Register Office, Feltham Lodge. We will contact you to arrange a re-registration appointment.
What to bring following the natural parents’ marriage
- completed (Form LA1), signed by both parents, for each child to be re-registered.
- A original copy of the birth certificate.
- Your original marriage certificate. If you were not married in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, we will need to refer your application to the General Register Office for authorisation before any re-registration can take place. If it is not in English we would need a translation.
- One parent is required to attend at the register office for the re-registration.
What to bring when adding the natural father’s details
This type of re-registration gives the natural father parental responsibility for the child. This responsibility can only be removed by a court. You may wish to seek legal advice on this prior to your application.
- A completed form GRO 185 form, signed by both parents, for each child to be re-registered.
- Both parents are required to attend at the register office for the re-registration. If there is a reason why both parents cannot attend together, the party who cannot attend must complete Statutory declaration of acknowledgement of parentage’ form.
- A copy of the original birth certificate.
For further guidance and forms please visit Adding a father's name to a birth certificate - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
How to re-register a child born to two female parents
Authorisation is required from the General Register Office for England and Wales, to re-register a child born to two female parents. To obtain more information and the required application form visit www.gov.uk