If you believe there's an error on a birth certificate, you can apply to have it corrected.
Generally, you can only apply to correct your own or your child's certificate, if your child is under 18. Either parent can apply.
Depending on the correction, further evidence may be required from the application.
All corrections are subject to a full assessment.
If you want to add a parent's name to a birth certificate, see Add a parent to a birth certificate.
To remove the father's name (if incorrect)
To remove the name of the father if they've been incorrectly named as the biological father:
- Complete the application to correct a birth certificate
- Provide one piece of evidence from the list below that the father named on the certificate isn't the child's biological father, such as:
- The full report from a DNA-based parentage test (paternity test) approved by National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) , or,
- A court order declaring the identity of the child's biological father, or
- A court order declaring that the registered father is not the biological father.
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