Change a birth certificate

Change a child's name

A new or additional forename(s) can be given to a child within the first 12 months after the birth is registered. This can be done both in baptism and not in baptism. This can only be done once.

A change of name is not intended to be used to correct an error or omission. If it is clear that a name was incorrectly recorded at registration you need to make an application for a correction. 

In order to apply for a change of name, an application form and payment needs to be completed and given to the Register Office where the entry is held.


You must fill out a different form depending on whether a child is simply given a new name, or if a child was given a new name as part of a baptism ceremony.

The completed form, together with the appropriate payment, can be posted to The Register Office
Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU.

Alternatively it can be dropped off to the Register Office from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.


  • Change of name fee £40
  • Certificate fee £11

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