How to correct an error
If an error is discovered in an entry in a birth, death or marriage register a correction must be made only in accordance with the legal procedures.
If you find a mistake in a certificate you should contact the Register Office who hold the birth, death or marriage entry. If the record is held by Leeds Register Office, please call us on 0113 2224408. The Registrar will advise you how to correct the entry. For more information on corrections please see the external link to Directgov.
How to change a child’s details on a birth record
You can change a child’s FORENAME if a new forename(s) was given in baptism or by regular use within 12 months of the birth being registered.
Please note this change can only be made once. Only the mother, father or legal guardian of the child may make the change. You must comply with any court orders in force about the naming of your child.
For more information on changing a child’s forename please call us on 0113 2224408 or visit the Directgov website.
How to change the parent’s details on a birth record
You will need to call 0113 2224408 to book an appointment to re-register your child’s birth. This can only be done in the following instances:
- If the parents are unmarried and would like the natural father’s details added to the birth record. You will need to complete the GRO185 application form in the download section below.
- If the natural parents have married each other since the birth, they need to re-register the birth to show this fact. You will need to complete the LA1 application form in the download section below.
Both parents should attend the register office for the re-registration. If this is not possible, then please call us on 0113 2224408.