Birth certificates following the re-registration can only be issued by the General Register Office. On the certificate, the woman who physically gave birth to the child is referred to as the ‘Mother’. The second female parent recorded on the certificate is referred to as ‘Parent’.
Copies of birth certificates
Births from 1 January 1975
You can order a certificate for a birth that happened in Hackney from us.
Standard certificate orders are charged at a statutory fee of £11 per certificate, plus postage fees.
We aim to process and dispatch standard certificate orders within 10 working days.
Express certificate orders are charged at a statutory fee of £35 per certificate, plus postage fees.
We aim to process and dispatch express certificate orders within 2 working days.
How long it takes for you to receive your order once it’s been dispatched depends on the delivery option selected.
If for any reason we cannot produce your requested certificate, we will process a partial refund instead.
The change to the child’s forename(s) will be made on the birth entry. It will show on any certificates issued from that point on.
The child’s new name will be shown in the bottom box of the birth certificate (space 17). The child’s name that they were originally given at the time of registration will always still appear in space 2.
Correcting an error on a birth certificate
You can apply to correct a birth registration when the information recorded is wrong. For example, if there is a mistake in the spelling of a parent’s name
You can’t apply for a correction to show new information if circumstances change after you’ve registered your child’s birth. For example, if you’ve changed address
The cost to correct an error
Depending on the error there is a non-refundable correction consideration fee of either £75 or £90.
This is a statutory fee set by the General Register Office. It is not set by the Council.
The fee (£75/£90) is separate from the cost of new certificates. New certificates after the correction has been made cost £11 each.
How we make corrections
The original information will always be shown as it was first given. However, a marginal note will be written against the registration. It explains what the correct information should be and the date when the correction was made.
Any certificates issued from that point on will include the note in the margin.