Re-register a birth

When the natural parents of a child marry there is a legal requirement to re-register the birth.  It is a requirement to re-register the birth even if the child’s surname is to remain the same.

To re-register you should make an appointment at the registration office where the child was originally registered.  If this is not possible they can be re-registered by making a declaration at any other registration office in England and Wales.

You must use form LA1 to re-register your child’s birth.

Before you can re-register you will need to complete a form LA1 for each child. You can download the LA1 form or you can get a paper form from any registration office.

Full instructions on how to complete the Form LA1 can be found in Part A of the form.

Essential information:

  • If your child is over 16 and you intend to alter their surname they will need to give their written consent to a change to their surname
  • Both parents must sign and date the form after the marriage
  • If you live in Norfolk, please send or drop your completed form/s into either the Norwich, Great Yarmouth or King’s Lynn Offices with a marriage certificate and full birth certificate/s.  (If you live outside Norfolk you can take or send the forms and certificates to any register office in England or Wales)
  • Once we have your form/s and certificates we will make sure everything is in order and contact you to arrange a convenient appointment, at any registration office in Norfolk, for one or both of you to attend. Only one parent need attend
  • The re-registration does not cost anything
  • Any new certificates which you would like, and which supersede the original birth certificate, will be £4 on the day of the re-registration