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Do we need to re-register our children’s birth?

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EsmesRedPetticoat Sun 21-Apr-19 21:07:41

DP and I are getting married in a few months and I will be changing my surname. We have 2 children together who already have the same surname as him but obvs my name on the birth certificates is my maiden name. Someone has just told us that if we want to apply for passports for the girls we will have to re-register the birth with my married name or we won’t be able to get passports. Anyone know of that is accurate? (They don’t currently have passports)

Jammiebammie Sun 21-Apr-19 21:08:56

No, you just send your marriage certificate to show your maiden name is now your married name.

Jammiebammie Sun 21-Apr-19 21:10:09

Or your passport number if your passport still has your maiden name?

EsmesRedPetticoat Sun 21-Apr-19 21:13:17

Thanks. I thought it didn’t seem right but google wasn’t very helpful!

meditrina Sun 21-Apr-19 21:14:36

Yes, everyone who marries should by law re-register the births.

Don't worry if you don't the fine is a princely £2

(I suspect it's only still the law because no-one has ever found parliamentary time to tidy it up)

KnitterOfSocks Sun 21-Apr-19 21:15:42

I reregisterd two of our children after we got married. Strictly speaking, it is a legal requirement, although I beleive the fine is a maximum of £10. I only did it because we were at the registry office registering third child (born after we married) and they said we should.

There are some very obscure inheritence quirks relating to "those children of the marriage" but apart from that I don't think it makes any difference day to day.

Jammiebammie Sun 21-Apr-19 21:17:08

The gov website is really good and you can get the forms online too. here
There’s also a passport advice line number on there if you have any questions you can’t find the answer to online.

Frightenedbunny Sun 21-Apr-19 21:18:14

We had to re-register my sons birth after we got married!

Imfinehowareyou Sun 21-Apr-19 21:19:12

I thought it was just to do with inheritance laws. We had our 2 DC pre marriage and won't be having any more so haven't changed the birth certificates.

Jammiebammie Sun 21-Apr-19 21:19:24

Can pps answer, I thought you only re register if you are changinrhe dcs surname?

Jammiebammie Sun 21-Apr-19 21:19:41

*changing the

ExplodingCarrots Sun 21-Apr-19 21:21:33

We got married last year. Been meaning to re register our DD but havnt got round to it. Have recently applied for DD's first passport with no issue and didn't need to send marriage certificate .

You've just reminded to make an appointment to re register , so thanks smile

Harleyisme Sun 21-Apr-19 21:21:46

No it doesn't matter if you dont change dcs name you still have to reregister them with your married name. Me and dh had to do when we married.

KnitterOfSocks Sun 21-Apr-19 21:21:48

Nothing to do with changing their surname, you are supposed to do it for all children. We did because we had two before and one after, so I wanted them all to be the same - but I have no plans to die intestate which it think its when it kicks in (to do with who is a "child of the marriage" and who isn't)

Given the outrageous fines, I wouldn't have bothered if we hadn't had DC3

GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Sun 21-Apr-19 21:22:00

Yes we did, the children didn’t change surnames.

stucknoue Sun 21-Apr-19 21:23:22

No, in fact you can't as it a record of your name then. You send the birth certificates and your marriage certificates plus your passport numbers

Needsomezzzz Sun 21-Apr-19 21:24:04

It's to do with an old law. We had to legitimise our children once we got married.

Jammiebammie Sun 21-Apr-19 21:24:33

Thanks. But does it have anything to do with getting dcs passport as OP asked? Apologies if I have misinformed you op.
I was under the impression it was only to change dcs surname or to add father to bc.

I’ve never re registered mine, and have got all of my dcs passports (with my maiden name on bc) since I’ve been married)
Is it the same in Scotland?

GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Sun 21-Apr-19 21:25:24

stuck you’re wrong.

GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Sun 21-Apr-19 21:26:10

I don’t know about passports, ours already had them.

Kennehora Sun 21-Apr-19 21:27:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Easterbunnynearlyhere Sun 21-Apr-19 21:27:36

Oops keep meaning to do it as intend to change ds's surname!!

Kennehora Sun 21-Apr-19 21:27:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bigchris Sun 21-Apr-19 21:28:10

www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-re-register-a-childs-birth-following-marriage-of-natural-parents

Here is the form and more info

Kennehora Sun 21-Apr-19 21:28:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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