Changing the first name of your child

If you decide to change your child's first name(s) within 12 months of the date of the registration of the birth, you can do it on the original birth registration. There is a statutory fee of £40 for this service.

If the child has been baptised in the Christian faith, within the 12 month period after birth registration, you can obtain a form from the Register Office to take to the Minister of the Church where the child was baptised. 

Once this form has been completed it needs to be returned to the Register Office and the amended names can be added to the original birth certificate. You can purchase copies of the certificate for a fee of £11.

If the child has not been baptised you can complete a form at the Register Office. The amended names can then be added to the original birth certificate and you can purchase certified copies of the certificate for a fee of £11.

Changing the surname of your child

To change the surname of your child you will need to re-register the birth.

Call 0151 606 2020 to make an appointment to re-register.