The following people can apply for a correction to a birth registration:
- the mother
- the father (if his details are on the certificate)
If you are applying to change a child’s name and both parents are named on the certificate, both must sign the application form.
The child named on the certificate may be able to apply for a correction if their parents aren’t available.
Anyone can apply to correct a death entry. However, the General Register Office will usually need a letter from the person who gave information for the death to be registered before considering a correction.
Either of the two people who married each other can apply for a correction to a marriage registration.
You will have to apply for a correction at the register office where the event was registered.
We are happy to help you in this process at Dudley register office by sending the information to the General Register Office. We can take copies of original documents for you so that you do not have to post important documents.
If you’re unsure who to apply to, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01384 815373. Please note our lines are quieter in the afternoons.
You will need to download an application form and bring it completed with the relevant information to Dudley register office with the appropriate fee for us to consider the application for you. We will then advise you if the paperwork needs to be submitted to the General Register Office for permission to correct the registration or whether it is one we can authorise locally. Any correction to a marriage entry needs to be authorised by GRO before it goes ahead at a register office or at any religious building.