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Correcting an error in a registration

Correcting errors

When registering a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership you will be asked to check that the information has all been recorded correctly by the registrar, before you sign the register confirming it to be accurate. Once signed a legal record is created that cannot be changed other than by the legal correction process. If afterwards you notice that there is an error in the information recorded, it may be possible to get it corrected, however you will need to pay the statutory fee and provide suitable evidence.


There are two statutory fees for the consideration of corrections:

  • Corrections that can be authorised locally at the register office cost £75
  • Corrections that have to authorised by the Registrar General cost £90
  • Replacement certificates showing the correct details, are charged at the statutory certificate fee, currently £11 each.

Fees are for the consideration of the application, and as such are non-refundable. Payment of the fee offers no guarantee that the correction will be possible


Where to apply

If the birth, death, marriage or civil partnership took place in Gloucestershire, please contact our Nominated Officer on 01242 532434 or email

If the event happened elsewhere, contact the district in which the event occurred or the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837. You can also complete an application form online at

Complaints policy and process

The council’s complaints policy (known as the Corporate Complaints policy) can be found by following the link below:


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