Change the name on the birth certificate

Changing a surname

Surnames cannot be changed on a birth certificate except through re-registration (adding the natural father’s details to a record) or through adoption.

Changing a first name

You can change your child's first name on their birth certificate within 12 months of the original registration date. You will need to make an appointment to see the registrar where the birth was registered.  If this was Kingston Register Office, you can book an appointment online.

There is a £40 fee payable for this service.

Changing birth certificates issued by Kingston Register Office

If you would like to change your child's first name on the birth certificate you should download and complete one of the following two forms:

  • Apply to add or change a forename within 12 months of the original registration (not given in baptism)
  • Apply to add or change a forename given in baptism within 12 months of the original registration - if your baby was baptised into the Christian faith and given a baptismal name you can add this to the birth certificate. You should ask the minister of the church where your baby was baptised to complete the form

You should then either take or send this completed form to Kingston Register Office with the statatory fee.