If you believe there's an error on a certificate, you can apply to have it corrected.
- Administrative errors such as:
- Misread handwriting.
- Clarifications and amendments such as:
- Place of birth (for example, adding the town where only the country is listed)
- Adding a middle name (for example, when it's on the birth registration statement but not on the birth certificate).
Making a correction isn't the same as making a change to a certificate. For example, changing your name or your child's name is a change not a correction, and so a different process applies.
The history of any changes or corrections is shown on the reverse side of replacement certificates.