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How To Correct Or Change A Birth Certificate

In October 10, 2014

Updated [4/19/18]: Please note that in order to make a correction to your birth certificate you should reach out to the correction/amendments department at the vital records office that issued the original birth certificate. They will be able to assist you in making the change. The steps below are a guide to follow to help you prepare when requesting a change from the issuing agency, and the process will vary from state to state.

A birth certificate is one of the most important documents that a person will have. It proves an individual’s age, citizenship and identity, and is typically required to obtain a driver’s license, passport and many other legal reasons. As such, making certain a certificate is correct is critical. There are many reasons why a person may need to correct or request a change a birth certificate. The exact process will vary from state to state, but the following information can help you decide the best way to get started—depending on your exact reason for seeking these changes.

Changing a Name for a Child Under One Year Old – This is a very common reason someone may want to change a birth certificate. Each state has different requirements, but parents may be allowed time (up to 12 months in some states) to make changes to a child’s birth certificate without requiring a court order. In most cases, you can bring the original birth certificate to the  vital record office in the city or county where your child was born (generally a department of health or county clerk’s office) and fill out a few forms to make this change. This is often done if the parents have second thoughts on naming the child or they find there is an issue with the parentage.

Changing a Name for Older Child or Adult – As this would typically coincide with a legal change of name, this issue may require a court order. This is different than changing a name due to marriage, which does not affect the individual’s birth certificate. If a person decides to change his or her name for another reason, it will require providing a few important documents and giving the reason behind the change.

Error Correction – Sometimes mistakes happen. If the child’s birthplace, sex, or other information is not correct on the birth certificate, it will be necessary to get changes made to reflect the correct information. This will often require some form of proof in order to validate the change. Each case will be a bit different and the department of vital records responsible for keeping and issuing the birth certificate can help work through this situation.

Spelling – Quite often, spelling issues can be corrected without a court order. The parent (or person requesting, if over 18) will simply have to provide information about the error and possibly offer supporting documents as validation of the correct spelling.

Changing Parentage or Surname – Like changing a name, this is considered a legal change and will usually require a court order. The parent, or the requestor, will need to provide proof that the original information is not correct. In many cases it may be easiest to work with a lawyer who is skilled in these matters.

If you have any further questions regarding how to change a birth certificate, contact the office of vital records responsible for issuing the birth certificate – which is located in the city, county or state where the birth occurred and was recorded. This office can provide you with up-to-date information and help you get started with the process.

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  1. I need a letter from your company explaining the information on a computer birth certificate. I sent you computer birth certificate in the line of child´s name it is written my complete name and the UK passport office beilieves my last name is my middle name.
    Do you have a page that I can send them that confirms that my last name written in CHILD´S NAME is my correct name.
    Thanks
    Bertrice Atie

    1. We suggest contacting our Customer Support team regarding your specific question to ensure you get the assistance you need. You may reach them by calling toll-free 800-255-2414. Thank you for your question.

      1. I need to change one letter on my brith certificate
        Because my name is not spelled right

        1. Hello. To make a correction to your birth certificate you should reach out to correction/amendments department at the vital records office that issued your birth certificate . They will be able to assist you in making the change. Thank you, Nichole H.

          1. Hello – I am looking to get a passport. This will be my first time applying for a passport. I know I need my birth certificate. However, my birth certificate does not have my first name on it.

            How do I go about getting my first name on my birth certificate?

            Warm regards,
            Sharon

          2. Hello Sharon and thank you for your question. To add, correct or change a birth certificate you would need to contact the state or county where you born vital records amendments and corrections department. They will be able to assist you in adding the 1st name to the certificate. If you need assistance locating this information please reply back with the state of your birth and we’ll be happy to assist.

            Should you need to order your birth certificate – VitalChek is the official source for government-issued vital records. With secure online ordering, partnerships throughout the country, and quick turnaround, we’re the one to trust.
            While we at VitalChek are not a government agency, we are authorized to provide these services on behalf of government agencies across the nation.

            Thank you,
            Nichole H.

          3. How long does it take to recieve the corrected birth certificate?

          4. Hello Kristel. Thanks for your question. The time frame to receive an amended birth certificate may vary from state to state and may be affected by a number of factors. We recommend that you check with the vital records amendments and corrections office in the area where the certificate will be corrected to determine their processing time.

          5. I have no I’d only my social security card my birth certificate name needs corrected but I can’t because I have no I’d you need certificate in order to get one is there anyway I can get it corrected I’m over 18 and its a hassle trying to do anything in life please help

          6. gud day mam I just wanna ask about my birtcertificate problem coź I use mylene since birth…but the local and nso is different the spelling is m ylene…Thanks

          7. Hello Mylene. We recommend that you contact the Vital Records Amendments and Corrections office in the area where you were born. They should be able to tell you what steps you need to take to correct the misspelling.

          8. Hello Nichole. My son had his original birth certificate with his full name on it, but he lost it. He is 42. We
            sent away for a copy of his birth certificate to the NY Vital Statistics. They sent him a short form cerificate that said “Male” as his first name, and his correct last name; We have gone through the Corrections/
            Amendments Unit to correct what is an obvious error that either the hospital or Vital Statistics has made. They sent invalid certificate back with no corrections. I do not know who could possibly be authorized itto say my son’s first name is “Male” which it is not. My signature would never be on such a document. We have sent immunization records, Social Security Card, CA ID, letter from his doctor, health ID card, a letter from me, military registration card, unofficial record of birth signed by the doctor who delivered him,
            plus more, but no documentation has been acceptable to this date. I would think the Corrections/
            Amendments Unit would want to fix’this egregious error. We have already spent over $100 with Vital Statistics. Does your agency offer legal counsel?

          9. Good morning Julie. We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been unsuccessful in getting your son’s birth certificate corrected. While we do not offer legal counsel for any matters, you may contact our Customer Service Team at vitals.research@vitalchek.com to see if there is any further information we can provide to assist you in this matter. Thank you for your question.

          10. Hello Nichole…
            I also need to change two letters on my birth certificate, however, the hospital in which I was born.
            First Jamaica… Jamaica Queens Hospital, no longer exist. I went to apply for a new issued birth certificate
            and was denied and told to go upstairs to see if I could have the correction fixed there. It was only at this time
            that either, me or my mother, was made aware that one extra letter in my name, made it appear as another
            name altogether. When I went to have the matter fixed, I was told then to go to the original hospital where I
            later no longer exist. I have every other piece of documentation/information all in the name my mother named
            me in, Fabian. However, I am unable to get a State Issued ID because I cannot produce a Birth Certificate
            in that name. That birth certificate says my name is Fabrain. How can I go about getting this error rectified ASAP?

          11. Hello Fabian. If you have already spoken with the vital records agency that issued your original birth certificate the next step may be to petition the court for an official name change so you can get this error corrected.

        2. Hello.. I need to change one letter of my middle initial Because it is mispelled.. Please help what i need to do.. Thank you

          1. Hello Rona and Thank you for your question.
            To make a correction to your birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records office’s amendments and corrections department in the state or county that issued the record (the state/county where you were born). They will be able to get this corrected for you.
            Thank you,
            Nichole H.

        3. I need help changing a letter what should i do.

          1. Hello Raul,

            If you need to change the spelling of a name on a certificate you should contact the Vital Records offices amendments & corrections department in the state you were born. If you need assistance locating that number please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist.

            Thank you,
            Nichole H.

          2. Darren,hello I’m trying to get a passport this my first time
            I’m having a problem my mother’s full name is on there and
            My father’s first name is on there
            How do I remove his name.I live
            In philadelphia, pa. I don’t know his last name

          3. Hello and thank you for your question.
            To correct a certificate you will need to contact the corrections and amendments office in the state you were born. If you need assistance locating their contact number please feel free to respond with the location and we’ll be happy to assist.
            Thank you,
            Nichole H.

          4. I have tried for 5 years to change a misspelling in my daughter’s name made the day she was born. The Vital Statistics office has cashed 5 checks and has yet to change. This has been a joke.
            EIGHTEEN YEARS and nothing. I do not want her graduating with the wrong name. TheVirginia Vital Statis, Office says I ned supporting ducmentation. What SPECIFICALLY do they need? I have sent Baptismal certificates, report cards, school awards with her GIVEN name. PLEASE HELP! Its ONE letter at end of name the hospiral volunteer incorrectly typed at time of birth.

          5. Hello Michele. We are sorry to hear that you are experiencing difficulties getting the spelling of your daughter’s name corrected on her birth certificate. You will need to contact Virginia Vital Statistics directly to determine what additional documentation they may require. Do they need to see a social security card with her name spelled correctly? Do they require a court order to correct the spelling? We wish you luck in this endeavor and apologize that we could not be of further assistance.

          6. I also help in need of changing my sons birth certificate they did not put my first name right. just did a partial letter. how can I fix this for my son. they wont let him get a passport cause of this. frustrating mom.

          7. Hello Metta. You will need to contact the vital records agency that originally issued your son’s birth certificate to determine how they handle corrections/amendments to vital records such as birth certificates.

        4. I am having the same issue one letter is missing out of my first name. Do I need to go through the entire process of getting a new birth certificate all over again? I need it ASAP because I need to get my passport to go away

          1. Hello Davida and thank you for your question. You will need to contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records in the state you were born. They will be able to make the change to your record and then send you the corrected birth certificate. Since every state’s procedure varies it is best to start with contacting them to find out what steps to take 1st. If you need assistance locating the phone number or address for a specific vital records office please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you.
            Sincerely,
            Nichole H.

        5. Hey did you ever change it ? If u did ? How it’s cuz I need to change a # of my bday

        6. How much would it exactly cost to change the incorrect spelling on my birth certificate

          1. Great question, thanks for asking. Each vital record office who issues official birth certificates has their own unique fees for providing certificates – whether for a certified copy or for a correction/amendment to the certificate. You’ll need to check with the agency responsible for issuing your certificate to find out what they charge to make such a correction; however, that cost usually includes getting a copy of the amended certificate. We hope this helps. Thank you.

      2. I was born in 1950 birth certificate shows 1955 how can I correct this

        1. Hello Terry and thank you for your question.
          To have your certificate corrected you would need to contact the vital records corrections and amendments department in the state you were born. They will be able to assist you in making this correction. If you need assistance locating the phone number we will be more than happy to assist you if you would like to provide us with the state where you were born.

          Thank you,
          Nichole H.

          1. Hi I’m wondering if my childs birth certificate says father information not reorded, and we both consent to have my child’s last name changed. Can we just fill out the back of the birth certificate?

          2. Hello Danielle and thank you for your question.
            I’m not sure exactly what you are asking. However if you are needing to add or correct any of the information on your child’s birth certificate you can contact the amendments and corrections department in the state or county your child was born.
            Hopefully this information was helpful. If you have more questions feel free to let us know.
            Thank you,
            Nichole H.

      3. How much is to drop your child middle name?

        1. Hello Nina,

          To make a change to your child’s name you will need to contact the amendments and corrections department in the state they were born. When contacting their office they will be able to provide you with their specific fees, this can vary by location.

          Thank you,
          Nichole H.

      4. I need a phone number to help me correct my birth certificate

        1. Hello Jennifer,

          If you can provide us with the location where you were born (State) we’ll be happy to look up the number for their corrections and amendments department for you.

          Thank you,
          Nichole H.

      5. Hello how can I get my child’s middle name on his birth certificate.
        Oshene Green

        1. Hello Oshene. Thank you for your question. The process for changing a child’s name on a birth certificate varies from state to state. In some states, if the child is under one year old, the process may be as simple as presenting the current birth certificate at the vital records agency in the city where the child was born and filling out a few forms. We recommend that you contact the Vital Records agency in the area where your child was born to determine their requirements for amending the birth certificate.

      6. how much is it to change the spelling of your name ?

        1. Hello Dunia. Each state determines the procedure and fees for amending a birth certificate. We recommend you contact the vital records agency in the state where you were born for more information. Hope this helps.

    2. Hello I have a question according to my daughter she’s 6 months and I’m not w her father he doesn’t provide nothing any se had his last name. In these case what can I do? Can I change it to my last name?

      1. Hello Rosalinda and thank you for your question. If you would like to make a change to your daughters certificate you should contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office in the state your child was born. If you need assistance locating that number please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you in locating it.
        Thank you,
        Nichole H.

    3. I need your help please. My name
      was misspelled on my birth certificate an
      I’ve always wanted to fix it but I live in
      california and I was born in Phoenix Arizona do I need to go to Arizona to resolve this
      Thanks

      1. Hello Brian. Thanks for reaching out to us. We suggest you contact the Maricopa County Office of Vital Registration for more information about the steps you will need to take to correct the misspelling on your birth certificate. Their phone number is: 602-506-6805. Hope this helps!

    4. I was born in California and I am 51. I received my birth certificate and my dads name is wrong. My dads name is ****.
      It has **** the last name is correct. I know live in Amarillo texas can’t afford an atty. What court do I need to go to.

      1. Thank you for your question Frances. The best thing for you to do is contact the agency that issued your birth certificate and ask what documentation will be required to make the change you are requesting. Most likely, to change a parent’s name, you will need appropriate legal documentation showing proof of that information. The agency should be able to provide you specific information about that required information. Thank you.

        1. Go to legal aid and ask them for help. it may be the only way to get it done in a timely manner.

    5. There are a few letters missing in my name and I need to make changes. I live in Ga and my birth certificate is from California can I make the changes here in Ga

      1. Hello Stephanie. You will need to contact the vital records agency in California that issued your birth certificate originally. They should be able to tell you what steps you need to take to correct the spelling of your name and how you can go about it from Georgia.

    6. My fiancee suffix on his birth certificate and DL is Jr but his social security, medical, and school records is II. He wants to be the II, does he need to get his birth certificate amended? Does this effect us getting a marriage license?

      1. Hello Carolyn. Thanks for reaching out with your question regarding the need for consistency between your boyfriend’s identifying documents. If his name on his documents is not consistent, it could cause him issues down the line with such things as getting a marriage license or a passport. We suggest he contact the vital records agency that issued his birth certificate to determine their procedure for amending it.

    7. what kind of attorney handles amendments to birth certificate need to add to bio mother adoptive she is not my bio mother she put her name on my birth certificate when I was born and I have recently found this out and I want the change to reflect adoptive how do I do this how can I prove this she is gone

      1. Hello Kathy. You may want to contact a family law attorney for assistance with this matter.

    8. On my birth certificate my mother birth place is incorrect, how can I get it corrected .

      1. Hello Carmen. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the vital record agency that issued your birth certificate originally to find out their requirements for correcting/amending a birth certificate.

  2. my son is 18 tried to get ID but his birth certificate says infant Maxie . Of course he did not get it cause he did not want infant Maxie on ID. what do I do to get the correct name on his certificate (
    Maxie is maiden name.) how do I fix this and make sure he also has the right last name

    1. Thank you for your question. The best way to get something corrected on a birth certificate is to work directly with the vital record agency who issued the certificate. They will typically require additional proof of identity, to ensure the change is being requested by an authorized person. Thank you.

      1. Hello ,

        Hi my son date of birth is incorrect on his birth certificate we have pictures of his mom being pregnant with him in the year of 1997 and his birth certificate says 8/24/1999 I’m for sure my child was born 08/24/1998 because he was at my brother graduation wich that was June of 1999 and I have a picture of my brother holding my son on his graduation of 1999 ,how do I go by getting my son date of birth fixed on his birth certificate .

        1. Thank you for your question. In order to get any information changed or corrected on your son’s birth certificate, you’ll need to contact the government agency that issued his birth certificate. The issuing agency’s name should be shown on the certificate you currently have. For a change to the date of birth, you may need additional documentation proving the correct date. Once you contact the agency, be sure to ask them what specific information is required for that change. Thank you.

  3. How about if I wanted to add to my name, for instance keeping my first and last but adding on to my middle due to cultural reasons that dont really have documented information?
    Also if there was a misunderstanding to my parents birthplace. Would I still need to provide documented information?
    I want to apply for a passport but I want all my information to be correct and the same so i can visit family in other countries.
    -Hosanna

    1. Thank you for your comment and question. If there is information you would like corrected on your birth certificate, the way to do that is to work directly with the vital record agency who issued the certificate. They will typically require additional proof of identity, to ensure only someone authorized to do so is requesting such a change. Thank you.

      1. I need help My daughter name is correct month day and year the mother is correct too mine is too but the year is wrong my is 12\1/1970 and it said 1976

        1. But I lost her birth certificate and I need it to get her shots

          1. You can order a new birth certificate now however the information will still be incorrect on the record. You can contact the vital records office directly and ask them how long it would take to to make the corrections and see if its possible they send you the certificate corrected in time to get your daughters shots. The time to amend/correct a birth certificate varies by location. Thank you.

        2. Hello and Thank you for your question. To make a correction to the birth certificate please contact the amendments/corrections department at the vital records office that issued the certificate. They will be able to assist you with this.
          Thank you.

      2. In my daughters Birth Certificate, I need to change one letter of Father name. Father’s name is spelled JOSHI and the correct spelling is JOSHY. All other documents are spelled as JOSHY which is the correct name, What are the supporting documents need to make change in her Birth Certificate?. Please reply

        1. Hello Reeja and thank you for your question.
          If you need to make a correction to your daughters birth certificate you can contact the vital records amendments and corrections department in the state where your daughter was born. They will be able to assist you in correcting the fathers name. If you need assistance locating the contact number please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you.
          Thank you,
          Nichole H.

  4. Is it possible to have a parents name removed. Like the father? Not married never was.

    1. For any type of correction or change to an existing certificate, you should contact the vital record agency responsible for issuing that certificate. Thank you.

  5. How can I get a free corrections of two letters spelled right on my birth certificate
    Julez

    1. You should contact the vital record agency responsible for issuing the certificate (in the state and/or city where you were born) for any corrections needed to the certificate. Thank you.

  6. I am African American and so are my parents. My birth certificate lists both parents as white. So that would make me white too which none of us are. How do I correct this? I am an adult.

    1. Any change or correction to a birth certificate should be requested through the city, county, or state Vital Record Agency which issued the certificate. As each Vital Record Agency has unique regulations, they will be able to advise you as to what information is needed to request such a correction. Thank you.

  7. how can someone change their age cause they wrote the year wrong?
    the person didn’t actually see his birth certificate until later also he wasn’t born in USA but he came here and he became citizen yet still didn’t know how to change it? what can he do?

    1. Thank you for the question. If that type of information is not correct on the birth certificate, the individual would need to contact the agency that issued the certificate and request a change. The agency will require appropriate proof in order to make such a change, and can advise as to the appropriate documentation that would serve as such proof. Thank you.

  8. My Son is 7 months old now and we live in Los Angeles. We couldn’t decide on a middle name at birth and now we would really like to add one. Would I still have to do a legal name change just to add a middle name? How do I go about this?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Thank you for your question. If you’d like to add a middle name to your son’s birth certificate you will need to have the certificate “amended”. Please contact the vital records office that issued his birth certificate. They will be able to assist you in this process. Thank you.

  9. my son birth certificate street address is my wife street address is added for aditional. so how to remove

    1. Thank you for your question. If you would like to make any changes to your son’s birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records office that issued the record. They are the ones that are able to “amend” certificates. Thank you again for your question. Nichole H.

  10. I was adopted and my current birth certificate has my adoptive parents listed on it but I need to add my biological father to my ” original birth certificate” how do I do that with out changing my current birth certificate?

    1. Thank you for your question. If you are trying to make a change to your “original birth certificate” meaning the one before your were adopted, most likely you will have to go through the courts to make a change. After an adoption the original birth certificate typically becomes a court document and in some cases are sealed records. To find out more information you should contact the vital records office that issued the original certificate, hopefully they can point you in the right direction. Thank you, Nichole H.

      1. Thank you so much!

  11. My boyfriend’s gender on his birth certificate is wrong. We are trying to change it. We have the paper & money to mail in. Do we need any other documents to send with it?

    1. Thank you for your question. You can confirm if anything else will be needed by calling the vital records office before you send in the paperwork and the payment. Usually the application to make the change will list everything that is needed along with a contact number. Thank you, Nichole H.

  12. My daughters birth certificate name is wrong or at least the order of her last name. What do I do to have her last name corrected?

    1. Thank you for your question. If you would like to make any changes to your daughters birth certificate please contact the vital records office that issued the record. They will be able to “amend” or “correct” the certificate for you. Thank you again for your question. Nichole H.

  13. My birth name is Dyer which is listed on my birth certificate. My mother remarried when i was very young and i took my step fathers last name of Anderson. I was never legally adopted but my Social Security card abd Drivers license both have Anderson. I now need to get a passport but cannot because my birth certificate doesn’t match my other documents. How do i get my last name changed on my birth certificate?

    1. Thank you for your question. If you need to make any changes to your birth certificate please contact the vital records office that issued the record. They will be able to “amend” or “change” the certificate for you. Thank you again for your question, Nichole H.

  14. I am married have been for 3 years and have a 5 1/2 month old son I did not add my husband’s name because of personal reason but now would like to add his name. He is the biological father how would I go about doing that?

    1. Thank you for your question. If you need to make any changes to your son’s birth certificate please contact the vital records office that issued the record. Depending on the location there are different steps when it comes to adding a parent to a certificate. Thank you again for your question, Nichole H.

  15. My younger sister, does not have a official birth certificate because our mother didn’t register her out of hospital birth. So my sister’s “birth certificate” has my mother first and last name where my sister’s name should be. She has her school records as the only proof that she exist. Now she wants to travel and cannot get a passport. Can she request a delayed registration or a request to file an affidavit to amend?

    1. Thank you for your question. The best place to start is the vital records office in the state that your sister was born. They will be able to instruct her on exactly where she needs to start. Each states may have a different process when it comes to creating and correcting a birth certificate. Thank you, Nichole H.

  16. Hi my son is 18 his birth certificate says female what can I do?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. To make this correction you will need to contact the vital records office that issued the birth certificate. They will be able to assist you in correcting his birth certificate. Thank you, Nichole H.

  17. My daughter’s birth certificate shows her given birth first name mistakenly separated to a first and middle name. It should be one name not divided into 2 names. Can this be an easy change?

    1. Thank you for your question. Please contact the state office that issued your daughters birth certificate. They will be able to assist you with amending/correcting her certificate. This process is usually not difficult. Thank you, Nichole H.

  18. Hi, have a question… I wanted to know what and where would do I have to go and to do to correct a named that is misspelled? Because I am planning on getting my passport done but my birth certificate is spelled wrong (off by a letter) from all of my other documents including my SS and I wanted to correct the spelling on my birth certificate . How long will it take because I am planning on leaving to another country in October. Do you know if I will have to time to get that fixed? And if going to the courthouse is one of the options? I hope that I wouldn’t have to go to the courthouse but please any input would be wonderful. Thank you

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. To make this correction you will need to contact the vital records office that issued the birth certificate. They will be able to assist you in amending/correcting your birth certificate. This process typically doesn’t take long however it can vary with different vital record locations. Thank you, Nichole H.

  19. I need to change one letter of my name is not correct in my birth certificate. My name is spelled Lessette and the correct way is Lissette. All my documents are with LI which is the correct name, but the only document that is not correct is the birth certificate, how can I do this?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. To make this correction you will need to contact the vital records office that issued the birth certificate. They will be able to assist you in amending/correcting your birth certificate. Thank you, Nichole H.

  20. Hi yes I wanted to know how to go about adding a name to my daughters birth certificate

    1. Hello Stephanie and thank you for your question. If you need to make a changes to your daughters birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records office that issued her certificate. They will be able to assist you with amending her record. Thank you, Nichole H.

  21. Hi there . I have a question . I became a US citizen in 2003 and now I would like to petition my brother to come to the U S .. My problem is that my father’s name in my birthcertificate is not the same name as my brother’s birthcertificate . His birthcertificate is all correct except mine. What should I do to recorrect my father’s name on my birthcertificate ?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. You will need to contact the vital records office that issued your birth certificate. They will be able to assist you in correcting/amending your birth certificate. Thank you, Nichole H.

  22. Hi my name is Avery Smith, and I am the granddaughter of Vivian Coye and I wanted to request a change to my grandmother birth certificate. My grandmother was born in the 1940’s-1945 and under her birth certificate the nurse listed her as a male. Every since my grandmother passed away in 1990 due to diabetes and gangrene my mother tried several times to get it fixed but no one would change it. My grandmother was born in Georgia, and I’m not sure which hospital she was born in but I do know her full name and where she is from. I would love to get the certificate fixed for my mother because my mother’s mother was her best friend and rock. It was really hard for to lose her mother and it’s not right that this happen and I would like justice for my mother and so she can have peace.

    1. Hello Avery and thank you for your question. To make a change to any record issued within the state of Georgia you would need to contact the state office directly. Georgia’s corrections/amendments department will be able to give you the information needed to make changes. Hopefully you will be able to get this corrected so that you and your mother may have peace. Thank you, Nichole H.

  23. Question…. My 2 year old has my last name because his biological father doesn’t want and hasn’t had anything to do with him what so ever, BUT but my fiancé who has been in his life throughout my whole pregnancy and since he was born and still is currently is his father willingly. My son knows no different. We have had a DNA test done with his biological father and he is currently court ordered to pay support. He is also wanting to sign his rights over but doesn’t want to put fourth effort or cost for attorneys/lawyers to do so. So my QUESTION is can I change my sons last name on his birth certificate from my name to my fiancé’s?

    1. Hello Jessica and thank you for your question. In this type of situation there may be different ways you’ll have to make this change. Depending on the the state that your son was born in. Some state will only change the last name due to adoption or paternity test proving that the father listed on the birth certificate is not the actual “biological” father. You should contact the state office’s (where your son was born) amendments department and ask them “if it is possible to simply change your son’s last name?” Thank you, Nichole H.

  24. I recently had a legal name change, now I need a birth certificate with my new name. How do I go about this process?

    I’ve researched on the Internet, but all they’ve told me is to fill out a form. What form? What is the form called? Where do I send it? And can I print it online?

    Thank you

    1. Hello Jonathan and thank you for your question. Now that you’ve had your name legally changed in order to change your birth certificate you will need to have it “amended”. Depending on what state you born in the form you fill out may be called something different. The best place to start is the state that your birth certificate was registered in. Contact the state office’s Amendments and Corrections department. They will be able to assist you on changing your birth certificate to reflect your name change. Thank you, Nichole H.

  25. I have a situation alright the last names on my birth certificate and social are different and I can not get a state Id because and proof of them changing does not exist and on top of all that I got married so I don’t know what to do

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. Typically you should start by contacting the vital records office that issued you your original certified birth certificate. The amendments/corrections department within that vital records office should be able to assist you with correcting your certificate. Once you have your corrected birth certificate you can take that along with your certified marriage certificate to the social security office to obtain a new social security card in your married name. Once you have your social security card you should be able to take all these documents to the DMV to obtain your new state issued government I.D., which will now list your married name. Hopefully this information will help you. Thank you, NH

  26. Help me

    1. Hello Kayla,
      Hopefully you’ll find some kind of assistance from our response to your original message. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
      Thank you,
      NH

  27. Hello, I lost my valid ID and social in a house fire and have been going through hell trying to get a new one. I just discovered that from my child age that my Birth Certificate I is in my mother’s name and my Identification is in my father’s last name. Unfortunately, I was passed around in my family at a young age; due to my mother passing and father being imprisoned constantly. Nobody seems to be able to help me, I tried to order a birth certificate in the last name of my fathers from Vital Check, but they have no record on file. However, I discovered that my birth certificate is in my mother’s last name and I do not understand how I had all my ID in my father’s last name. Now if I order my birth certificate from Vital Check in my mother’s last name, will I be able to get a new ID with my Social Security card in my father’s last name? I really need an ID for so many reasons, and especially this is holding me up to be able to do things. I am willing to reorder my official *correct* Birth Certificate from Vital Check and hopefully be able to get my State ID with my Social Security card. If there are any thoughts you would like to share, I greatly appreciate your time and patience in my matter.

    1. Hello Chris & Thank You for your question. Since your situation is a little different and you have already placed an order through VitalChek it would be best if you contact the vital records office in the state you were born directly and ask them what steps you need to take (every state has their own procedures for this). You can also send us an email including your previous VitalChek order number to vitals.research@vitalchek.com we may be able to look at the order and the state location to give you more information on what to do next.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  28. Hello- Through the courts I have had my sons name legally changed and the biological fathers parental rights were terminated.

    How do I now go about changing my sons name and my name on the birth certificate (re-married) so now my sons last name match mine…..but would now like it to show on the birth certificate.

    Also. Can the biological fathers name be taken off, since all rights were terminated?

    Thank you, In need of help

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. Now that you have had your sons name changed and you would like for his birth certificate to reflect this change, you should contact the state vital records department where he was born. The vital records office will be able to get you started on amending your sons birth certificate. When contacting them you can also ask what steps you need to take towards removing the biological fathers name. Thank you, Nichole H.

    2. hi,
      i just wanted if know if you managed to remove your sons biological fathers name off the birth certificate? and how did you go about doing this?
      i want to do the same, which is why i am asking.

      thanks

    3. Hi. I am wondering how did changed your child’s name? I am trying to do the same for my children

      1. Hello Mary and thank you for your question.
        To legally change your child’s name you will need file for a legal name change through the courts. However if you only need to correct your child’s name on their birth certificate due to a typo that was made you can contact the amendments and corrections department at the state vital records office in the state your child was born.
        Thank you,
        Nichole H.

  29. hello!! i have daugther but my mother regestered us there child and now i would like to change it with my name and his father’s name …what is the requirements? thank you

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. To make a change to a birth certificate you will need to contact the amendment/corrections department at the vital records office where your daughter was born. They will be able to assist you in this process. Thank you, Nichole H.

  30. Hy my name is John what do I do if my last name is spelled wrong by one letter but I was born with it i had it all my life what do I do to change the letter to the name I am suppose to have all so that letter was put on there when I was born.

    1. Hello John and Thank You for your question. To correct your birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records office that issued your birth certificate. They will be able to assist you in amending/correcting your certificate. Thank you, Nichole H.

  31. Hi my son’s last name is different from mine and my husband n my other two kids he is two years old n i have to travel in november so i just want to apply for his passport i want to know is there any problem on border regarding last names? Actually if i will ammend that it will take a long time thankyou

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      It is actually more common than you might think for a child’s name to be different than the mothers and her husbands. As long as you are listed on his certified birth certificate as the mother you shouldn’t have a problem. Of course the Mothers maiden name will be listed on the certificate and if your last name changed due to marriage simply showing your marriage certificate will clear that up. If you wanted to have your son’s last name changed on the birth certificate you would need to contact the amendments department in the state where he was born. That is a process in its own. While the process usually isn’t complicated it can sometimes take months to complete depending on the state.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  32. We are trying to get my husbands passport, but his SS card has him as a Jr (which he is) and his birth certificate does not have Jr listed. How do we get Jr listed on his birth certificate? Would this have to be done through the courts?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      If you would like to have Jr. added to the birth certificate you would need to contact the Vital records office and explain the situation. Your husband can have his birth certificate amended and add Jr. This process is usually quite easy, however depending on the state it could take a few months for the new certificate to become available.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  33. HI Sir / Madam.

    My name is ……… my daughter name is …… her date of birth is 28 / 08 / 2015 by mistake i have given date 25 / 08 /2015 i have to change date of birth in her birth certificate
    Please send me a patterns for thar

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      To correct your daughters birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records office that issued the certificate. The sooner you correct this the easier the process should be.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  34. Im trying to figure out if I can have my birth certificate changed to the same state my moma was born in by any chance are you able to do that?

    1. Hello and thank you for your questions.
      Unfortunately you cannot change the location you were born. The record is recorded in the state that you are born. You can contact the state office in the state you born and ask them what other options you may have.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  35. My twin daughters were born in July. Their father was murdered in April, before their birth. So,the hospital personal couldn’t let me put his name on the paperwork for the birth certificate. I had to give them my last name, also. Can I at least change their last name to his? I understand that there’s nothing I can do about his name on the certificate. Thanks

    1. Thank you for your question, and we’re sorry to hear about your loss. The best thing to do regarding your daughters’ name change request is to check with the vital record office in the city or county where they were born (usually the Health Department or County Clerk’s office). They will be able to advise you about the available options for updating that information on their certificates. Thank you.

  36. My mother’s name is not on my Puerto Rico birth certificate. Yes, my mother. My dad’s name is on the birth certificate. How do I correct this error. I know who my mother is.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. In this situation you would need to contact the Puerto Rico vital records amendments & corrections department. Explain whats going on and they will be able to assist you in getting this corrected. Here are a couple of contact numbers for Puerto Rica Corrections & Amendments: 787-765-2929 Ext: 6159 OR 787-765-2929 Ext: 6158.
      Thank you.

  37. My last name was changed to bio dad’s last name as teen ager. But I want to get the original birth certificate with my mom’s last name just for my records. Can I order the 1st one they gave me?

    1. Hello Brenda and thank you for your question. If you only had your name changed & were not adopted then when you order a birth certificate with your new information most states will give you the information from before the change and then the amendment which reflects the name change. The best thing to do in this situation is to contact the vital records amendment/corrections department in the state you were born. They can let you know what is available for you to order. Thank you.

  38. How do i write APPLICATION FOR CHANGING MY SON NAME AND PLACE OF BIRTH.

    1. Great question – typically the vital record agency where your son was born will have an application form for you to complete with the appropriate changes needed, and will be able to answer your questions regarding any other changes needed. Thank you.

  39. Help where can i correct my parents name is incorrect in social security system but not on my birth certificate? How long it takes for the mistakes to be corrected.

    1. Thank you for your question. To correct your birth certificate you should contact the vital records correction & amendments department in the state that you were born. They will be able to assist you with making these changes. Thank you.

  40. Hello I had my daughter a week ago on 25 Sept 2015 and I applied for a birth certificate. However I would like to ado to her names on the certifcate. Does this amount to a legal name change? As the process is simply too cumbersome for me. However my heart hurts if I cannot add this name to her certificate. Please advice. Thank you.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. You should be able to correct the record and if you still have not received a copy of the certificate they may be able to do this change before the certificates registration is complete. The best thing to do is contact the corrections and amendments department in the state or county office where your daughter was born. They will be able to assist you in getting this corrected.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  41. I was raised by my grandparents and they spelled my first name Thurmond Pryer, it should have been spell Thurmon Pryor. All of my other records including military, soc sec, drivers lic and other ID says Thurmon Pryor, so I need my birth certificate to show the correct name so I can travel abroad, how do I get this fix ASAP?

    1. Hello Thurmon and thank you for your question. To have your birth certificate corrected you can reach out to the correction & amendments department in the vital records office that issued your certificate. The processing time to have this done can vary from state to state.
      Thank you.

  42. I have a court order to change my name. I need this reflected on my birth certificate. Who specifically do I contact? The government? State? Some department of vital records? This third party company?

    1. Hello Gwendolyn,
      To have your birth certificate amended to reflect your legal name change you will need to contact the state vital records office in the state you were born. They will have an amendments and correction department that will assist you in making this change.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  43. Hello,

    My daughter is 1 years old and father and i are no longer together. The father has refused to have anything to do with her. He is currently not on the birth certificate but she carries his last name. We live in a different state then what she was born due to personal issues between myself and the father. Do i have to go through the court system to change her last name or can i just contact the vital office to were she was born at.

    1. Good morning and thank you for your question.
      If you need to do a legal name change you will have to go through the regular court procedures to do so. Since the father is not listed on the certificate he should not have to be apart of the process. Once you have completed the legal part you can then contact the amendments department at the vital records office where your daughters birth certificate was issued. They will assist you with changing her birth certificate to reflect her new name.
      Thank you, Nichole H.

  44. I had my daughter September 30th 2015 I have my boyfriends name at the time listed as her father because he was willing to step up and be her father but now we separated and he wants nothing to do with her and now her father is willing to step up, so i want to see about taking his name off and adding her actual father’s name on her birth certificate and change her last name to her fathers. how can I go about doing this?

    1. Hello Courtney,
      To make this change you will need to contact the correction and amendments department at the Vital records office that prepared her birth certificate. If the certificate has not yet been registered ( since it still is pretty recent) you may still be able to reach out to the hospital and let them know the situation to see if they can instruct you on the best way to go about correcting this.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  45. So, my mother was a 13 year old runaway with my 25 yr old father. Naturally my her parents has the FBI and other authorities searching for her. She 14 and living in Nevada when she gave birth to me. In order to avoid the notification of the authorities my mother used the name and social security number of another woman on my birth certificate. I would like this changed. However I am not sure how to go about this. I have no relationship with my mother or father and I’m sure they wouldn’t willingly confess to falsifying legal documents. Is there anything i could do?

    1. Hello Lisa and thank you for your question.
      In this situation the best place to start is the vital records office. Contact the state or county’s vital record office where you were born. Let them know that you need to “correct” your mothers name listed on your certificate. Of course it is up to you how much detail you would like to go into. They will be able to assist you with making the change (if it possible).
      Thank you again & good we wish you the best.
      Nichole H.

  46. Dear sir,
    Me and my husband both are separately living since 2013.but my daughter birth certificate his name is as a initial of her name .I need to change my name first letter as a initial of her name and also my name spelling is incorrect in the birth certificate.i want to deposit some amount money on her name but all are asking birth certificate.so please guide me how to change my name first letter as her initial and how to change mine incorrect spelling in the the birth certificate.

    Thanks,
    Aswini.
    ************

    1. Good morning Aswini,

      If you would like to to make a change to your daughters certificate you will need to contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office that issued her original birth certificate. They will be able to assist you with this.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  47. Iv been trying to obtain a copy of my birth certificate in Indiana so that I can change my drivers license to MO. When I sent off for the certificate they contacted me stating that they had my original last name on the certificate. They didnt have any record of my name being changed when I was a child. Which was done a few years after I was born. I had my mothers last name but when she and my father got married she changed it to my fathers last name. In 30 years, Iv never had an issue with the name I have now. All through school, getting my drivers license and through nursing school Iv used this name without a problem and now its like my last name isnt really my last name. Im not sure what to do here, or how to obtain the piece of info that shows it was changed. Iv called the health dept in the county I was born in as well as Indianapolis and I have gotten nowhere. They were going to dig through the records to see if they could find anything but I still havent heard anything from them. Please help.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.

      Is there anyway to confirm that your name was in fact “legally changed” to your fathers last name? If it was legally changed then you would want to make sure that your parents had your birth certificate “amended” so that it would reflect the name change. Over the last decade or so changing names and identity verification has gotten more strict do to security laws. Also, have you ever actually had a birth certificate listing your name after the change? Is there anyway to confirm this information with you parents or close relatives that may know?
      I think by you contacting the vital records office where you were born and the courts you have already made the steps in the right direction. Those offices should be able to let you know what happened or didn’t happen with your birth certificate. You may need to follow up with them since they have yet to get back to you. Sometimes those offices can get pretty busy.
      I hope your able to get some answers to this soon.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  48. Thank you for your reply Nichole. Its much appreciated.

  49. My son’s father and I went to Richmond, Va to get my child’s birth certificate. He filled out a paternity form and somehow we got on the last name. That day the person assisting us changed the last name from Daniels to Bailey with our permission. Now I am being told that it is not correct and that my child’s last name is still Daniels. How is this possible? What should I do? The Social Security Administration representative I talked to over the phone said I have to go to court and that the person at the Vital Records office didn’t have the right to change the name is this true?

    1. Hello Patrice- To answer this question you’ll need to contact the amendments and corrections office at the Vital Records office for the state of VA (804) 662-6200. Explain your situation to them and they will be able to tell you what needs to be done and what that person may have done the day you went in to the office.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  50. Hello Nichole-I just spoke to someone with Vital Records as you instructed and they told me that there is an option on the paternity form to have the child’s last name reflect the father’s last name. I gave the representative my information and someone should be calling me soon to assist me further. She also said I shouldn’t have to go to court. Thanks for your help.

  51. what if your child birth certificate says single? but you are married to father of child. I am thinking i must have signed off on my birth certificate saying single not realizing in all the mess of trying to get discharged from hospital the day after having child. would it be easy to change it to married or no?

    1. Hello Sam and thank you for your question. This should not be a hard field to correct, especially since you most likely have your marriage certificate showing that you were married at the time your child was born. To have your child’s certificate corrected please contact the amendments and corrections office at the vital records office that issued the certificate. They will be able to assist you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  52. Client lives in CT. Mother did not put father on birth certificate only hers. He has had a paternity test and is the father. Does he have to go through the courts to get his name on the certificate or can he go through the vital records dept without going to court?
    Thank you for your response.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      If the father has had a paternity test and has the documentation showing that he is the father you would want to contact the vital records office in the state/ county where the child was born and ask them what further steps need to be taken. Some vital records offices can take that paternity test and make the change. Some states require a court order to make the change.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  53. How do I get my first name corrected on my birth certificate? Birth it’s spelled Tabbotha and my SS CARD ITS SPELLED Tabitha, I have always Spelled it like what’s on my SS CARD. That’s the correct spelling. My high school diploma it’s spelled Tabitha and everywhere that I worked it’s spelled Tabitha, I have always went by how it’s spelled on my SS Card. Now My DL license has it Spelled Tabbotha how it’s spelled on my Birth Certificate now when I signed my license I’ve signed it as my SS Card Tabitha. How can I get this fixed where my birth certificate is spelled like my SS card. I’m 38 yrs old, and I need to fix this. I have not ever ran into any problems until now, I’m tring to get a job in a correction facility my birtherticate has got to match my SS CARD. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT I NEED TO DO TO FIX THIS.

    1. Hello Tabitha and thank you for your question.
      To have your birth certificate corrected you will need to contact the amendments and corrections department in the vital records office that issued your birth certitifcate. This should be a pretty simple fix especially since your SS card and everything else already lists your name the correct way. Then you can take your corrected birth certificate to the DMV and have them issue a new license with the correct spelling.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  54. My daughter is now 3 years old. How can we add her father’s name to her birth certificate?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. The procedure to add the father to her certificate can vary from state to state. To find out the steps to take please contact the amendments and corrections department at the state vital records office where your daughter was born.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  55. hi,
    i just wanted to know if there is any possible way to have my daughters biological fathers name removed off the birth certificate? he has nothing do to with her and hasn’t showed know interest to her just after she was born. he only wanted his name on her birth certificate and that is all, just for show sadly. Also i would like to now how i go about changing her full name?

    Thank you

    1. Thank you for your questions. Since each issuing agency has different regulations, the best way to determine what changes can be made to your daughter’s birth certificate is to directly contact the agency who issued the certificate (generally the health department or county clerk’s office in the city or county where your daughter was born). They will be able to advise you as to what changes can be made and what information may be needed in order to make those changes. Thank you.

      1. Thank you for your feedback most appreciated. Fingers crossed i hope i get some good news.

  56. Hello,
    Me and my wife have a 4 months son
    My wife accidentally put under my son’s last name, her x boyfriend last name and not mine or hers
    Also, she left the father spot empty
    Now we want to change the last name
    To be mine and also add me as the dad questions:
    1. Is the new birth certificate will show “Amendment” on title or it will look like original regular birth certificate
    2. Do we need to get any court order in order to add me as the dad and change my son’s last name to mine?
    Thank you so much
    Ben

    1. Thank you for your questions. Getting a birth certificate corrected can be confusing, especially since requirements vary across the country. However, the best way to address any questions you may have about the process is to directly contact the vital records office in the city or county where your child was born. They will be able to advise you about the proper way to make any changes necessary, including what documentation may be necessary. Thank you.

  57. Thank you for your answer
    What about the actual birth certificate
    Is it going to show “amendment” on the top of it?
    Thanks again

  58. hello.can you gime me a moddele how can i write a give permition for my brother to corret my birth certificate in my native country

    1. Hello Djamel,
      I’m not sure I understand what you are asking? If you need to make a correction to your birth certificate you should contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office in the state you were born. If you were born outside of the US then you would need to contact your country’s embassy or consulates office to make a change. If you need assistance locating the correct office to contact please send us the name of the country you were born in and we will try and help you locate their office.

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  59. Sir my name is shamna and am from kerala. My daughter name is AMREEN. I wish to change my daughter name. Please reply that’s procedure. My daughter is under 3 year old.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.

      If you wish to change your daughters name on her birth certificate please contact the Amendments and Corrections department at the Vital records office in the state she was born. They will be able to assist you in making this change.

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  60. Hi my son is 19 months. i want to remove his second name and add another how to do it or where to go?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      To make a change to your sons birth certificate you will need to contact the amendments and corrections department in the vital records office that issued his certificate. They will be able to assist you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  61. Am from limpopo .south africa

    1. If your son was born in South Africa then you will need to contact the Consulates office in South Africa so they may direct on how tomake this change.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  62. I’m wondering how I go about changing my last name on my birth certificate to my biological fathers last name. At the time of my birth my mother had my step father listed as my father on my birth certificate with his last name. I would like to know what I need to have that name removed and my biological fathers name listed and change my last name to my real fathers last name??

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      The changing of a name and a parents name on a birth certificate can very from state to state. To find out the requirements you should contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office in the state you were born. They will be able to point you in the right direction and help you make the change.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  63. My question is an odd one probably… But first let me tell the story behind it so it’s easier to understand the question: I am applying for my passport, I discovered that my birth certificate has the wrong birth date for my father, but my mother called and said it’s the right date in the system. But my question is will I Have to get it corrected to send in with my passport?

    1. Hello Cheryl and thank you for your question.

      Your fathers date of birth should not affect your passport however since every passport office can vary it may be best to contact your local passport office to confirm your certificate will be approved with your application.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  64. Hi i am 30 years old and my mom never put my dad name on my birth certificate it is blank me and my have a good relationship and my dad want me to add his name to my birth certificate i have my mom last name and my mom wasn’t married i am from texas

    1. Hello Jessica and thank you for your comment.
      Please let us know if you have any questions we’ll be be happy to try and answer them.

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  65. Hi my son is 10 years old and I want to change his mother’s date of year on his birth certificate. so how and where should we go.

    1. Thank you for your question. If you wish to make any changes on your child’s birth certificate after the first year, you will need to contact the vital record office who issued the certificate. They will be able to provide you with the appropriate information required to make any changes desired. Thank you.

  66. Hi, I arrived in America in the 80’s as a young student from another country. Two years later, I wanted to drive and asked my uncle to take me to the Motor vehicle administration to take my driver’s license. My uncle filled out the forms for me, including my name, Date of birth and Country of Origin at the time. I have been a U.S. naturalized citizen 25 years now. Here is the issue: A clerical error occurred during the processing of the paperwork and somehow the date of birth written on my driving license was 04/28/1955, instead of my real date of birth which is 04/28/1965. I asked my uncle on many occasions to help me correct the error, but he always told me that he will do it, but never took the time to do it. As years passed by, I neglected it to make the change myself. It could have been easier back then to make the corrections because I had my original passport from my country of birth, because it has all the information and correct date of birth. However, when I became a U.S. Citizen many years ago, the Judge requested that my former passport be handed out and destroyed because, he told me that I could not keep two passports from two different countries. Now the only proof that I have is my original birth certificate, which shows the correct date of birth. My question to you is this: Can I seek a court order to correct/amend my DOB with my original certificate as proof? If yes, what is my chance and how to proceed?
    Thanks
    Blake

    1. Hello Blake and thank you for your question.
      In this situation you would want to contact the department of safety of department of motor vehicles and explain to them what has happened. Also let them know that you do have your certified birth certificate showing your correct DOB. They will be able to advise you in the next steps to take of obtaining a new license with your correct information listed.
      Hopefully this information is helpful.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  67. Thank you Nichole,

    I was thinking more about seeking a court order. Do you think I should consider it? All of my legal documents at this point have the wrong year of birth, but the day and month are correct.
    Please advise

    Thanks

    Blake

    1. Hello Blake and Happy New Year.

      A court order to have it corrected might be needed IF they are unable to amend your certificate to show the correct DOB on the vital records side. Since you were born outside of the US I am unsure where to direct you to have this corrected. Typically you would reach out to the consulates office.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  68. Hello
    My son was born in England, but we not live in the state. His name was change years ago by court in the u.s. but his birth certificate reflex old information.how do I get this change! For years, we have attach his old info, with the new.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.

      To find out how to obtain the certificate reflecting his name change you would need to contact the court that granted the change. They will be able to point you in the right direction.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  69. Hi, I have a question it is ok if there is no middle name of mother on child birth certificate or if not how to fix it?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      No middle name listed should be fine considering it is not required that a person have one. If your mother does in fact have a middle name and you would like to add it to your certificate you can contact the amendments and corrections department at the state or county office that issued your certificate. They will be able to assist you in correcting the record.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  70. Hi
    I want to know what sre thr steps to chnage my baby spelling on her furst name on birth certificate and SSD
    She is 14 months old

    1. Hello and Thank you for your question.
      To change the spelling of your child’s name you should contact the vital records amendments and corrections department in the state/county/city where they were born. They will be able to assist you with this. If you need assistance locating their contact information let us know and we will be happy to assist.
      Please keep us in mind for any of your future vital records ordering needs.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  71. My son was born in Mexico, since my husband is american citizen, we requested my son’s american documents including birth certificate born abroad thru the American Embassy in Tijuana Mexico. His birth certificate has only his father’s last name but his SSN card was processed with both, his father’s and my last name. He now has documents with only his father’s last name like school documents and driver’s license because they are based on his birth certificate, but he pays taxes with the name showing in his SSN card (both last names). For personal reasons, he wants to drop his father’s last name from his legal name. The questions are: What name does he need to add to the legal forms to change his name, the one in his birth certificate or the one in his SSN card? Does he need to amend his birth certificate to have both last names to be able to just change it again when dropping his father’s last name? Thank you for you help

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      If he is wanting to amend his certificate (removing a last name) it would be best to contact the amendments and corrections department at the office for US Citizens born abroad. They will be able to inform you where to start and the different steps it will take to get everything changed over and the same all around.
      Here is the contact information for their office: Mexico Embassy in United States of America Phone+1-202-728-1600.

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  72. I had two daughters in the State of Florida in 2014 and 2015 consecutively. Their father did not sign the paternity at the hospital for neither of them, because he was working. Can he still appear in their birth certificates, which I still have to order, even though he did not sign the paternity? If so, is the appearance of his name in the birth certificates equivalent to his paternity?

    He wants to appear in both of their birth certificates as their legal father.
    Please advise which step comes first. We want to make sure his name is included also.

    Thank you,

    Marjorie

    1. Hello Marjorie and thank you for your question.
      If you listed his name on the certificate than he should appear on there as their father. Some states may base it on if you and the father were married at the time of the child’s birth ( Married, no need to sign. Not married, Father needs to sign). To find out the rules for Florida please contact their office at General Information & Inquiries (904) 359-6900 Ext. 9000 Or for Paternity: VitalStats@doh.state.fl.us (preferred) and (904) 359-6900 Ext. 9004.
      Hopefully this information was helpful.
      Please let us know if we can be of assistance when it comes time to order your children’s certificates. We are the authorized and preferred provider for the expedited ordering of vital records for the state of Florida. https://www.VitalChek.com
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  73. Hello,
    I and My boyfriend gonna marry BUT in that moment WE CANT because he must travel to USA to change his birth Certificates.His father in USA changed his family name so my Boyfriend must change his ”old” family name to the ”new” one.How could we know which documents does he need?any website to get any idea? Does the process normally need more than one month? because he just took three weeks vacancies in the USA.

    thanks in advance,
    sabrina

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      If your boyfriend is needing to change his birth certificate he will need to have it amended at the state vital records office where he was born. We will be happy to assist you in locating the contact information for the correct office. If you would like us to assist please respond back with the state where your boyfriend was born.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  74. Hello. My daughter was born in 2010, but her father and I weren’t on the best of terms. He was never added to the birth certificate. We are actually getting married next month and I have no idea how to get him added to the birth certificate. We both want him on there. Please help. Thank you!!!

    1. Good morning and thank you for your question. To best answer this you should contact the amendments and corrections department in the state your daughter was born. Some states have different requirements to add a parent, such as a paternity test. If you need help locating the number for that department please let us know.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  75. I recently filed and had a court order made to change my last name .

    I filed for a name change on my birth certificate. After I verified with Vitals I still received birth certificate with original name ?

    I need to know how I can get this fixed .

    I spoke to several reps during this process and this what not what I ordered.

    1. Hello Michael and thank you for your question.
      If the Vital records office is sending you the certificate with the old name, this typically means this is what they still have on file for you. Especially if you are ordering it with all of the new information and they are still sending it to you without the name change. You would want to contact the vital records amendments and corrections department in the state that is issuing you the record. They will be able to look further into this and determine why the certificate is still not reflecting your name change.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  76. Hello-my son is 8 month old we got his birth certificate in his one and half month.In his birth certificate door number is not included in our address we gave our door number but they didnt added.How i want to add door number ?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      Did you order through VitalChek.com? If so please contact our office at 1-800-255-2414 and we’ll be happy to assist you.
      Nichole H.

  77. Hello,
    Our daughter was born 5 months ago at El Paso, TX. However, in her last name information the hospital wrote down both last names (father & mother). I understand that will be her legal name now however, for me it is like it her last name will be two words merge, which I believe should not be correct.
    Since in USA only the father’s name is use, how can I update to remove the mother’s last name from the birth certificate?
    I read somewhere that only when the child is 1 year or older a court order will be required.
    Please advise.

    1. Hello Carlos and thank you for your question.
      If you would like to correct your daughters certificate you would need to speak with the corrections and amendments department in El Paso, Texas (915) 546-2071. It is great that you are doing it so soon the sooner you correct these mistakes usually the better.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

      1. Thanks Nicole,
        Are you happen to know an estimate on the costs?
        Will that need to be fix through court orders?
        What are the disadvantages or benefits to have both last names (mother/father) merged in one in the USA?
        The only paperwork I have made so far with the current name, are her vaccine shots and the SSN; will that be affected when the name is changed?

        Thank you for your help

  78. I want to apply for a first-time-ever passport. I have been married and divorced. After my divorce, I waited a period of years and then legally changed my name to a new name that was NOT my maiden name. My birth certificate shows my maiden name. I am not thrilled by the idea of digging out my divorce paperwork from a contentious divorce from an abusive ex and then sharing these highly personal documents with passport officials in order to show the chain of names from my birth certificate, to my marriage, to my divorce, to my new legal name. My name change court documents reflect that my name was changed legally from my married name to my new name. What documentation aside from the birth certificate, showing maiden name, my current Driver’s License, showing my new name, and my court documents showing my name change, will be required?

    1. Hello Annabelle and thank you for your question.
      While I completely understand that having to dig out the documents my be an inconvenience the passport office will usually require them. On that note your entire divorce decree with all the details of the divorce are not required. Only the certified divorce certificate is needed. The divorce certificate shows the divorce is finally and was legally done. If you take your I.D., certified marriage certificate, certified divorce certificate along with your legal name change documents you should have just about everything needed. To verify what all documents the passport agency will require you should contact them directly. Please keep in mind that if you need to order any of the certified records we can assist. We at VitalChek work directly with hundreds of government agencies nationwide to provide consumers with the ability to securely order their vital records online. https://www.vitalchek.com you can also contact our office at 1-800-255-2414.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  79. Follow up question: should I just get my name on my birth certificate changed first? Maybe that would be easier. If so, what documents do I need besides the legal name change court docs in order to change my name on my birth certificate to reflect my new legal name?

  80. Dear Sir/ Madam

    I would kindly like to find out about the cost, in addition to a name for my 8 month old son. I’d like to do this A.S.A.P

    Kind Regard
    Ipeleng Matabane

    1. Hello and Thank you for your question.
      We at VitalChek do not currently have a an option for applying for a name change. However you can reach out to the Vital records office’s amendments & corrections department in the state/county where you son was born. They will be able to advise you of their cost along with the steps to take.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  81. I birth year I written wrongly am 98 and it s written 96 wht mst I do if u got or have Ideas abt tht call me on 076*******

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      If you need to correct something on your certificate you will need to contact the amendments and corrections department in the state or county you were born. If you need help locating the contact information for that office please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  82. I was born in Blairsville, GA and now reside in North Carolina. I lost my original birth certificate and contacted Vital Records in Atlanta to get a copy of it. I did receive it but it was incorrect. The record they sent me looks nothing like my original birth certificate. My last name on the copy is incorrect. It does not list my father’s last name but rather my mothers maiden name as mine. I’ve contacted lawyers in both states and no one is able to help me get this rectified. I have also contacted the county I was born in, Union County Georgia, and they immediately tell me to contact the Vital Records in Atlanta. They tell me I need a court order to get this changed. However, I get conflicting information when I contact attorneys from either state. HELP, please.

    Thank you,
    Ruth L.

    1. Hello Ruth and thank you for reaching out to us.
      Contacting the Vital Records office Corrections/Amendments department (404-679-4701) is typically the 1st place to start. You should advise them that you had a copy of your certified birth certificate and the information was correct. Ask them what caused the information to change? Now I will say the look/Style of the certificate can change over time however the information that was recorded should not, unless there were changes made when you were a child that you were unaware of.
      Hopefully you will be able to resolve or at least get an explanation in this matter soon.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  83. Hi,

    On my son’s birth certificate it says I’m single, however, I’m married. I need to correct that and add his fathers name, how do I do that?

    1. Hello Eve and thank you for your question.
      To have your son’s certificate corrected you can contact the amendments and corrections office in the state he was born. If you need that number please let us know and we’ll be happy to look it up for you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  84. hi my name is Jaycee and i was born in Illinois my birth certificate and my social security card have to different spellings of my name my birth certificate is spelled Jaycee but on my social security card its spelled jace the social security is the ones who made the mistake in the first place when i was born my mother sent the correct spelling to them not once but twice and they still messed it up so she gave up and now all these years later i cant get an ID in any state but Illinois so if i ever want to move out of state i cant get an ID in any other state so how do i go about fixing it all so my question is how do i fix my birth certificate and social and school record and any thing else i have to all have the same spelling of my name do i have to do a legal name change please help me I’m lost.

    thank you
    Jaycee tan

    1. Hello Jaycee and thank you for your question.
      If you birth certificate has the correct listing then you will need to provide a copy of that to the Social Security office. It is best to go in person to the office in your area. However before you make the trip to the office here is the information that the social security office provides for correcting a name.
      https://faq.ssa.gov/ics/support/KBAnswer.asp?questionID=3749&hitOffset=117+66+41+20+8+6&docID=2486
      Hopefully this information has been helpful.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

      1. HOW DO I CHANGE MY DAUGHTER’S LAST NAME TO MINES, IF I WASNT ABLE TO SIGN HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

        1. Hi Anthony. We suggest you contact your local court system to determine the procedure for changing your daughter’s last name since it will most likely involve a legal procedure.

  85. Hello Nichole H,

    I need to apply for passport for my son. I have got the birth certificate from the local council, but there is mistake in my first name, although the name of my son is spelled right.

    Is this going to affect my son’s passport application or do i need to amend the Birth Certificate first. and if yes how long will it take to get the amended birth certificate.

    I appreciate your assistance in this matter and looking forward to your reply.

    Kind Regards,

    1. Hello Tamoor and thank you for your question.
      Has your name always been incorrect on your son’s certificate? If not this could possibly be a typo when they printed the record ( typically an east fix). However if it has always had this error and you just have not had the chance to correct it until now I think it would be the perfect time to do so (you will need to correct/amend the record). Passport agencies can reject a passport application due to this mistake. The best thing to do is contact the vital records office that issued the record and let them know the certificate you received has an error on it. They should be able to look at the record and see if this is the way it was recorded at birth or this was an error made when issuing this certificate. Either way they will be able to get it corrected for you. Please let us know if you need assistance locating the vital records amendments & corrections office contact information for the state your son was born, we’ll be happy to look that information up for you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  86. my birth certificate says infant Bryant which my mothers maiden name . My last name is Taylor. i have tried to contact the city of indianapolis, i live in sacramento, ca and they did not help. i missed out on dept of corrections. now i am trying to get my passport now .. what should i do

    1. Hello Maurice and thank you for your question.
      I’m not sure if you are saying that you were born in the state of Indiana or it could be a different Indianapolis. However you will need to contact the amendments and corrections office in the state you were born. They will be able to assist you in getting this corrected. If it happens to be the state of Indiana you can reach their Corrections/Amendments department at (317) 233-2700. Once you have this corrected make sure you order a certified Long form birth certificate good for passport travel so that you’ll have it when you apply for your passport.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  87. Hello,
    My name on my birth certificate differs from that of my social. would it be better to change my birth certificate or social? If so who should i contact, i am from San Antonio, TX.

    1. Hello John and thank you for your question.
      You would most likely need to change your birth certificate 1st since that is what the social security office will reference. Once you have your birth certificate corrected then you can take that to the social security office to correct your social security card. You can contact the amendments and correction department in San Antonio TX at (210) 207-8754.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  88. Hello,
    I just recently got married and changed my last name and need to know if i need to make the change on my birth certificate?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      No, you do not change your birth certificate name when you get married. Your birth certificate reflects your birth information.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  89. My boyfriend forgot to put Jr after his name on his new order of his birth certificate will that make a difference when orfer it.

    1. Hello TeAira and thank you for your question.
      That should not make a difference since the suffix is not required on a VitalChek order however if you would like we can submit the information to the vital records office. Please have your boyfriend call our office with his order number. Our phone number is 1-800-255-2414.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  90. Hello, I recently change my last name and I have the court order too. And there was a mistake on my first name. My first name suppose to have a space and now my first name is without the space in between. And I want to add back the space in between on my birth certificate and my court order. What can I do?

    1. Hello Karen – If you need to amend your certificate please contact the state or county vital records amendments and corrections department in the state or county you where you were born. They will be able to assist you in making the correction. If you need assistance locating their contact information we’ll be more than happy to look that up for you if you’ll provide the location of where you were born.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

      1. Who should I call? The birth certification was a foreign birth certification and it was done in Florida.

  91. Who should I call? The birth certification was a foreign birth certification and it was done in Florida.

  92. My daugter is now 7years old and i was looking though her birth certificate and saw an error on it, the error is her father date of birth was wrong. How and where should I call to get this change? We live in texas.

    1. Great question, thank you. In order to get any information changed or corrected on your daughter’s birth certificate, you’ll need to contact the government agency that issued her birth certificate. The issuing agency’s name should be shown on the certificate you currently have. Thank you.

  93. Hello, I have a question, I was born 1/3/58 my birth certificate says LeAnn Hathaway, ever since I was in elementary school I always spelled my first name LeeAnn, it just was easier for me, it was awkward with just 1 e. As an adult I was able to get my name changed to LeeAnn on my SS card, drivers license etc. I’m getting ready to go on a cruise in July & will need all my documentation to board. My question is, will this present a problem when I show my ID since my birth certificate will not match with the rest of my ID LeAnn vs LeeAnn?

    1. Thank you for your question. If your name is spelled the same way on all your photo-ID (including your passport if you have one) and your SS card, then it shouldn’t present a problem as you most likely won’t need to show your birth certificate. However, if you do not have your passport, or it doesn’t show the name spelled the same way as your other ID, then you may need to carry your birth certificate with you. We suggest contacting the cruise line to get a determination on how they handle ID’s in your situation. To avoid issues in the future, you may want to check with the vital record agency who issued your birth certificate and request a correction for the spelling – that way all your documents will match. Thank you.

  94. i was checking my birth certificate it says i was born one date not the yr or month just the date it says 28 on all y documents i have the 27th…. married ,children birth certificate,license .ss. everyting how can i fix this because i want o travel outside the us

    1. Thank you for your question. The best way to get a change made to your birth certificate is to contact the agency who issued the certificate. They will have appropriate forms and instructions on how to make any changes necessary. The agency’s name will be shown on the certificate you currently have. Thank you.

  95. I just had a correction done to my birth certificate. My parents last names were reversed. I need to apply for my passport can I use a certified copy of the court order with the birth certificate to apply for the passport.

    1. Thank you for your question. It’s probably best to obtain a certified copy of the corrected birth certificate, which should then be acceptable for applying for a passport. If you want to be sure, we suggest checking with a local passport acceptance office or one of the regional passport facilities. Thank you.

  96. Hi me & my husband are married but at the time of my childs labor he wasnt here due to his immigration process and i came back to the U.S To give birth. He is on my childs birth certificate but his name is incomplete just shows his name and middle name . Also i noticed my middle name has a mixed letter. My child is almost 2 what can i do? Just an ammendment?

    1. Thank you for your question. The best thing to do is to contact the vital record agency that issued your child’s birth certificate, which is shown on the certificate, and ask about the process to make the changes you describe. Each agency will have different rules and will need specific information to verify the changes you request, so that is the best place to start to get the best direction. Thank you.

  97. Hi

    I am from Plano, Texas. My child was born on **/**/2016 and i gave his name while discharging on **/**/2016 as Gayen, when we are back to home and when we discussed it with Family we came to know that i misspelled the name as Gayen instead of Guyan.

    Could you please let me know whether i could send the Application to Amend to Vital department or do i need a court order or is there any other process to change it as i dint not receive the birth certificate still?

    1. Thank you for your question. Generally, a correction to a child’s birth certificate within the first few months of their birth will just require you to request an amendment or correction with the vital record agency, and not a court order. Since it is such a recent event, you should contact that agency directly to ask about the correct process and application forms to make that change. Thank you.

  98. I have had 100% physical custody of my daughter since the day she was born. Her biological mother has had nothing to do with her since she was born and she’s almost 13 now. When she was 1-1/2, my wife and I got married and had another daughter and my wife has never thought of my 13 year old as anything less than her own blood. We live in Nevada and there a child abandonment law that says no contact in 6 months constitutes grounds for termination of rights. 5 years ago we terminated her biological mother’s rights so my wife could adopt her. I was told the other day since her rights were terminated, we could go to the Vital Statistics office and actually have my wife put on the birth certificate. Does anyone know if that is true or not? Thank you to all.

    1. Thank you for your question. In your situation you may want to contact an adoption expert or attorney to determine the appropriate steps needed to properly make this change to your daughter’s birth certificate. Typically the vital statistics office would require specific legal paperwork for a major change such as this, and we suggest contacting them directly to determine exactly what would be needed. Best of luck in your endeavor. Thank you.

  99. my name on my birth certification has an extra letter on my first name, my middle name is correct, and my last name now has my mom matern name on it. i use to have my orignal with my correct name. it got lost when i was moving home from the military. i have my social sercurity, driving licence, military dd-214 with my right name. how do i get my birth certification back to the right name.

    1. Hello Andre and thank you for your question. The extra letter added to your name could possibly be a typo when they printed your certificate out. Especially since you know your original was not listed that way and you never had your name changed to the spelling with the extra letter. Do you know if it’s possible that your certificate was changed? If you no longer are going by your fathers last name and you see that your last name is now listed as your mothers maiden name it is possible that a change occurred somewhere. The best way to find out is to contact the vital records office that issued your certificate directly.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  100. Hello, I was adopted by my step father when I was very young, while I served in the army I grew closer to my real father and changed my name legally through court in Arizona back to my birth name. I am trying g to get a copy of my original birth certificate to get my drivers license but the town I was born in said there is no record of me there? Any suggestions?
    Thank you,
    Scott K.

    1. Hello Scott and thank you for your question.
      Once you are legally adopted your original birth certificate is no longer available. It’s now considered a legal court document. To obtain that original you will have to contact the court where your adoption took place. However all you should need to establish your identity for your drivers license is your birth certificate, (the one with your adopted fathers name on it) along with your legal name change documents showing the name was legally changed to what you currently go by.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  101. Hello, My husband and I recently got married and are getting ready to change my last name to my marriage name. However, on his Birth Certificate he has his fathers AND his mothers last name. What can we do to remove mothers last name and leave just the proper last name of his fathers? Thank you so much!

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      If your husband wants to change his name on his birth certificate we would need to contact the vital records office where he was born to have it amended. If he just wants to change his legal name then he can keep his certificate as it is and have a legal name change done.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  102. I have two registered NSO birth certificate, the one containing my correct surname (based on my true copy of live birth) and the other one contains my mispelled surname in which I have used as a requirement for my employment and goverment ID’s.
    Also, my birthplace on my correct birth certificate is different on what is on my other birth certificate. What should I have to do about this?
    If I will file a petition for correction, what will happen to my present goverment ID’s and documents?

    1. Hello Belle and thank you for your question.
      If you see a discrepancy on your certificates you would want to contact the Vital records office that issued the record. If you need assistance locating the contact information for that office please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  103. Hi. I am looking into correcting the spelling of my last name(wrong letter). From what i’ve read above we need to get in touch with the “Corrections/Amendments Department.” for the county that issued it but i can’t seem to find that information. I am looking for the office in “Hood River County, Oregon 97031. Would you be able to help me with that?

    1. Good morning Maira and thank you for your question.
      Yes, you would want to contact the Oregon Vital records office and ask for the corrections and amendments department. Here is their contact number 971-673-1190. They typically have a link for me to provide you with however their site is down in that area. Calling them would be the best route. They will let you know how to get this corrected.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  104. in my birth certificate door number is wrong ,when i apply passport there is any problem,my address proofs are different door number.

    1. Hello Mahesh and thank you for your question.
      I am not exactly sure what you are asking. Most peoples address changes over the years from the time they are born. I cannot see the address on your birth certificate and your current address not matching being an issue. You can always contact the passport office to verify before submitting your application.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  105. Good Morning,
    I´ve been calling the toll free numbes provided but I keep getting that it is not in service. My question is that My name is Spelled Lessette in my Birth Certificate and all my documentation is spelled correctly as Lissette. How can I make that letter change in my Birth certificate? My Passport is spelled Lissette as every other document.
    I do not live in the US at the moment and have Dual Citizenship in the country I live and my valid ID in this country comes out with Lessette and that can be an issue here.
    How can I change that letter E to I?

  106. HI I AM HE MOTHER OF MY 2 CHILDREN I WANTED TO INCLUDE MY LAST NAME AS WELL IN THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATES HOW CAN I DO THAT

    1. Hello, and thank you for your question. For any change you would like to make to your children’s birth certificates, you will need to contact the agency that issued the certificates directly. The agency will be able to let you know what changes can be made, and what documentation may be required for those changes. Thank you.

  107. Hi, my last name is spelled correctly in my NSO birth certificate but the last name of my father indicated in my NSO (middle part of paper) contains a misspelled surname. What is the process of correcting it and how long it takes? Thank you.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      To make a correction to your certificate you should contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office that issued the certificate.
      If you need assistance locating that information we’ll be happy to assist.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  108. I would like to know the process I would have to do to change my mothers name on my birth certificate. The name that’s already there is incorrect that’s not my birth mother name. I would like to change it and put my step mothers name on it. I’ve been raised by my step mother since I was 1. And to my knowledge my birth mother past away already. How would I go about this?

    1. Hello Jesenia and thank you for your question.
      In most states to change the parent that is listed on your certificate you would have to be adopted by that person, a new birth certificate would then be created listing your adoptive parent. To find out the process in the state you were born in you can contact the vital records office amendments and corrections department. Please let us know if you need assistance finding the contact information for the vital records office, we’ll be happy to help.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  109. Hi, I want to remove second part of my son family name, that is 2 part, from his birth certificate.is Do I need request it from our county court?or Can I requested it from vital certificate “amended”. my son is 13 months old.Thanks

    1. Thank you for your question. Any changes needed to a birth certificate will need to start at the vital record agency which issued the certificate. They can advise you as to the proper information and process required to make the change. Thank you.

  110. Hello, my child’s birth certificate has father’s name Greg as his name in America. He also has other citizenship, where his name spelled Grig. While ordering another citizenship for child, we need his name spelled as Grig in her birth certificate. If we correct it in her birth certificate, is it necessary correct all father’s documents for Grig, like SSN, passport, ID? Or he could stay Greg there, and be Grig in child’s birth certificate?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      Typically the way the fathers name is listed on his birth certificate is the way his license and social security card should be listed. They look at the ones birth certificate to determine a persons name. Then list that on the social security card and both those are needed to obtain a license. To find out what the procedure is to correct the fathers name on his child’s certificate you can contact the corrections and amendments office where the certificate was issued.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  111. Hello. For some reason, when filling out the paper work at thw hospital, they didnt put my husband’s name on the birth certificate. What is the procedure to get that corrected being as though the birth certificate says “Father not listed” but he clearly filled out eligible paper work??

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      It’s always best to catch these mistakes as quickly as possible. Since you have already been issued a birth certificate for child you can contact the vital records office’s amendments and corrections department. Let them know the error that was made so they can correct this right away. If you need assistance locating the contact information for that specific vital records office please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  112. Hello,

    I need to correct my son’s name in his USA birth certificate. He has dual nationality and when we register him in the USA embassy a miss spelling was done and I haven’t been able to fixed it. We lived in Illinois and cannot get a certificate here. Now he’s 17 became an issue for his ID. He didn’t born in USA so I don’t know how I can fixed it or where should I go or how I can fix that problem?

    I really would appreciate your help.

    Thanks
    Liliana

    1. Hello Liliana,
      Thank you for your question. To correct your son’s certificate you will need to contact the US Embassy, let them know the error that was made and they will be able to point you in the direction to get this fixed.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  113. Hello,

    I was born in New York City and have not noticed my birth certificate with one additional letter in my first name in all my years of living. All my current identification has my correct name, my marriage and children’s birth certificate has my correct name. I applied for a BC correction with the NYC Health Department and they are telling me I need addition information in order to process it (they cashed the process fee check by the way). Some of the items they are asking for in order to process the correction are “Census records, Letter from hospital where child was born including child’s correct name, date of birth, and parent’s name. Immunization record showing child’s name, date of birth, parent name and the health care facility’s stamp” just to name a few. I am 44 years old living in Nevada and have no way of obtaining these documents that they are asking for. Thank you for any help with this matter.

    1. Hello Tim and thank you for your questions. Usually just showing your I.D. along with your SS Card would be sufficient. However New York City is one of the more strict locations. You can reference their website which gives the details of how to correct a certificate and what is needed http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/services/certificate-corrections.page However since you have already sent in your application and they have already cashed your check we would recommend you call their office directly 212-639-9675 to let them know your situation.
      Hopefully this information is helpful. Please let us know if we can assist you any further.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  114. Hai, I need to change month in my birth certificate. because my original birth April but they gave certificate on june. so please can you tel me what is the procedure for change the month in my birth certificate.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      To make a correction or to amend your birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records office in the state or county where you were born. Ask for their corrections and amendments department. If you need assistance locating their contact information please reply back with the location and we’ll be happy to assist.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H

  115. What if I submitted an amended form and change my mind, can I stop the amendment from taking place in Texas?

    1. Hello Rebecca and thank you for your question.
      You would want to contact the Texas amendments office that you sent the application to. If you need assistance locating that number you can tell us the address you sent the application to and we’ll be happy to look that information up for you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  116. Hello, I have a question. Five years ago I needed to release my NSO Birth Certificate for immigration use. But I had a little problem with it back then (for lack of information, my middle name to be exact), of course, I had to fix it so that I could travel. Now, I need my NSO Birth Certificate again because I am applying for citizenship here in Spain. I authorized my Aunt to get it for me since I can’t go home(Philippines) because I am currently studying here(Spain). But there IS a problem again. And this time, with the spelling of my name. My name spelled as J O Y C E according to my NSO Birth Certificate 5 years ago, but when my Aunt released another NSO BC, now it spelled as J O Y only, with the C E. I just can’t figure out WHY that thing happened. Can you give me an acceptable reason for how thathappened?

    Thanks

    1. Hello Joyce and thank you for your question.
      VitalChek does not offer the option to order a NSO birth certificate so I am not very familiar with the different processes. You should probably contact the vital records office that sent the certificate and let them know the issue you are having and ask them 1. why this keeps on happening and 2. how can you get your certificate corrected permanently? If you need assistance locating that contact information we’ll be glad to try and assist. If you’ll send us the name of the office that you received the certificate from.
      We really hope you are able to get this resolved.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H

  117. Hi my name as i know it has always been Tywanna i recently went to obtain my Birth certificate was told my name is Tyanna and not Tywanna my social security card states Tywanna my state id also states Tywanna they told me i needed documents in tyanna.to change it to Tywanna. I never.use Tyanna not even for school. My mom is deceased what other choice do i have

    1. Hello Tywanna,
      Thank you for your question. Unfortunately this seems to happen more often than it should. The best place to start is the corrections and amendments office in the state you were born. Let them know your situation and they will be able to point you in the right direction on correcting or amending your certificate.
      If you need the contact number for that office feel free to reply back with the state and city or county that issued the certificate and we’ll be happy to look that information up for you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  118. My birth ceritificate only one mistake.My birth on 5 Dec and on my birth certificate mention 15 Dec how can I correct??

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      To make the correction to your certificate you should contact amendments & corrections office at the states vital records office in the state you were born. If you need assistance locating that number please feel free to reply back with the state and we’ll be happy to look that up for you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  119. My daughters father wasnt added to her birth certificate and they gave her my last name instead of his. She’s almost 5 now and about to start school. How can I get this fixed?

    1. Great question – thank you for asking. The best way to get a correction such as this made is to contact the agency that issued your daughter’s birth certificate, which is listed at the top of the certificate. They will have a specific process to follow to request a correction on the certificate, and then issue a corrected or amended birth certificate for your use. Thank you.

  120. Hi my birth certificate has my dad’s name wrong i am over 18 and would like to fix it what can i do and how long would the process take
    Thank you!

    1. Hello and thank you for your questions Lesley.
      To correct your fathers name on your birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records offices amendments and corrections department in the state you were born. If you need assistance locating that number please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist. Each state and county has a different processing time to amend/correct a certificate however they should be able to inform you of this time when contact them.
      Thank you again,
      Nichole H.

  121. Hi, me and my mom are currently applying for passports though my files are alright my mom is having trouble because the name of her father in her birth certificate and marriage certificate is different due to name change, what should we do since my mom’s dad is already dead?

    1. Hello Shen and thank you for your question.
      Usually you can just provide the legal name change documents as the explanation of why the names are different. To be sure it is always best to contact the passport office that you will be visiting directly to find out what they will accept as proof. This way you will have everything you need when you arrive at their office.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  122. may parents date of marriage in my birth certificate is different from my parents marriage certificate. What should I do?

    1. Hello MJ and thank you for your question.
      You can correct this information by contacting the corrections and amendments department at the Vital records office that issued the certificate. Just let them know what information is incorrect and advise them them you do have the documentation showing the correct information.
      If you need assistance locating the phone number for the corrections and amendments department in the state you were born please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H

  123. I have just recently found out that my first name (Waterflower) had been spelled as it is two words (Water Flower). But my Social Security Card says differently, how would i be able to get this error corrected on my Birth Certificate.

    1. Good morning Waterflower and thank you for your question.
      If you need to make a correction to your birth certificate you will need to contact the corrections and amendments department at the vital records office that issued your certificate (in the state where you were born). They will be able to let you know their procedures for correcting or amending a certificate. If you need assistance locating that number please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you in locating it.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  124. i need to correct my birth certifiacte.
    they put Male instead of Female

    1. Hello Yasmine,

      To correct a certificate you will need to contact the corrections and amendments office in the state you were born. If you need assistance locating their contact number please feel free to respond with the location and we’ll be happy to assist.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  125. I recently went to get a passport for a trip in July but my birth certificate didn’t have my parents names on it. I filled out the paperwork to have them added and sent it in and when i got my certificate it had both my parents names spelled incorrectly. I afraid of not having enough time to get the corrections and get my passport. Will i be ok applying with the birth certificate i have?

    1. Hello Aaron and thank you for your question.
      You should contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office that issue the certificate and let them know the error. As them if this was a typo on their end or if this is actually how it was recorded at the time of your birth? Then find out how long it will take for them to re-issue the certificate with the correct information? In the mean time you can contact the passport agency directly and ask them if they will accept what you have.
      If you need assistance location the contact information let us know and we’ll be happy to assist.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

      1. Can you provide me with phone number to contact the Amendments and Corrections Department at Vital Records?

  126. Hi, My kid was born in Houston TX. on his birth certificate mother first and last name is incorrect.
    What would be the step to correct the same.Current as now we already moved to other state

    1. Hello Manita and thank you for your question.

      To have the certificate corrected you will need to contact the correction and amendments office at the vital records office that issued the certificate. Here is the contact number to the state vital records office 512-776-7111 . They should be able to get you to the correct department. Please let us know if we can assist further.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  127. I am trying to use my birth certificate for purposes of immigration. I need to prove that my mother is in fact my mother. However, her last name on my birth certificate is printed incorrectly. I’ve read that in cases like this, one can submit the birth certificate (in this case my mothers) to prove that the name is in fact wrong. However, since my mother was born in a foreign country, I’m not sure how to go about doing this. Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you.

    1. Hello and thank you for your questions.
      You should contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office in the state you were born. Once you explain to them the error they will advise you on the next step to take towards correcting the certificate. If you need assistance locating the contact number for that office please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  128. How can my finance go about putting his name on my 5 year old sons birth certificate. He and I recently had a child of our own and he doesn’t want his other “son” to not have a father on his birth certificate.

    1. Hello Loni and thank you for your question. If your fiance plans to legally adopt your 5 year old son then the state would create him a new birth certificate with his name as the father. If you have questions regarding the adding of a fathers name you can contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office in the state your son was born, you can ask them if there any other ways to go about adding a parent to a birth certificate.
      Please let us know if you have any further questions, we’ll be happy to assist.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  129. I want to change the place of birth in all my documents/Record.
    I was born in a country where ethnic and civil is common,. Due to that, when i was a teenager, I had to change my name and place of birth to avoid being identified as someone from a certain ethnic group.
    10 Years ago I immigrate to North America and have since change my name back to original name. Now I feel bad when is a double country/city (in my passport) as my PoB. How can I change that? is it even possible?
    What kind of lawyer would I need to do that?

    Thanks,

    Seal.

    1. Thank you for your question. Unfortunately we do not have information available on how to make changes to documentation for countries other than the United States. You may need to contact the proper official agency in the country where you were born to obtain the information you are requesting. Best regards.

  130. How do go about changing my children last name when the father is deceased and I”m remarried? Would like to just have mine on there.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      If you are wanting to change your children’s names you will need to have a legal name change done through the courts so that it will be legal. Once that is done you should contact the amendments and corrections office at the vital records office in the state they were born. That office will be able to assist you with amending the actual certificate.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  131. i change my certificate birthday , my certificate birthday **-**-****. my real birthday **-**-****.
    how to change my birthday and its affect.

    1. Hello Liton and thank you for you question.
      To make a change to the date of birth on your birth certificate you should contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office in the state you were born. If you need assistance locating that phone number or address please reply back with the state you were born in and we’ll be happy to assist you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  132. Hello, I recently got divorced and have a child that is not a product of the marraige as stated by a judge and was wondering how to go about changing who the father is on my sons birth certificate? However it gets complicated as his biological father has deceased since his birth. I do have his father’s mom (grandma) saying she would take the DNA test but I don’t know how to go about getting anything started, could you please help me?

    1. Hello Beth and thank you for your question.
      Since each state may have a different procedure when it comes to changing a parent on a birth certificate the best place to start would be the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office in the state your child was born. If you need assistance locating that number please let us know and we’ll be happy to look it up for you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  133. Hello. I was born in NYC. I had my surname legally changed through a court order about 8 or 9 years ago while living in PA. Now I need to order my birth certificate in order to get a passport. Do I have to contact the NYC Corrections Unit to update my birth certificate?

    1. Good morning Tabitha and thank you for your question.
      If you want to change your birth certificate you will need to contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office where your birth certificate is on file. If you were born in New York City you can contact them at 212-791-2550 here is the the link that they provide on their website for correcting a birth certificate. http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/vr/bcorrect.pdf
      Thank you,
      Nichole

  134. Hi I am 52 years old I have always used a different middle name since I was little I have that middle name on everything I have can I change it at the vital records since I used it so long?

    1. Hello Rachel and thank you for your question. To have the middle name changed on your birth certificate you usually would have to have a legal name change completed. However, you can contact the vital records office in the state you were born to find out their exact procedures. Each states requirements can be a little different. If you need assistance locating the contact information for the vital records office in the state you born please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  135. Hlo , i m from punjab(india)my birth certificate date is wrong. My correct date is 05april1988.but my birth certificate date is 10 august 1988.now i m in cyprus.and i want to move to canada .i neend my birth certificate.my school certificate and passport have date of 05april1988. What i do .pls help me .i m very thankful to you for this

    1. Hello Harpreet,
      To correct your birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records office’s correction and amendments department within the state you were born. If you need assistance locating the contact information for that office please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  136. hello i need help how to change my son surname change to my fiance surname.

    1. Hello Mila and thank you for your question. To change the name on a birth certificate you should contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office in the state your child was born. If you need assistance locating that number please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you in locating it.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  137. Hi i would like to know your opinion in my case i dont know if its a big deal or not but i really dont know what to do if this matter’s. .

    I was born on April 10, 1988 and that time my parents are not yet married but on my Birth Certificate has a date which is July 1981 but later on my parents got legally married on May 1996.
    Is this really need a court order?!
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hello Meg, I’m not exactly sure I understand what you are asking. To best answer your question you may need to contact the vital records office directly especially if it regarding a discrepancy with dates. If you need assistance locating the contact number for a specific vital records office please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  138. Thank you for the response sir
    i’ll explain you further. . I was born when my parents are not yet married but in order to use my father’s name, my parents made a date and place of their marriage on my birth certificate so that i can carry the last name of my father. On 1996 they got legally married.
    Am i still illegitimate child?

    I asked them already and i think they didnt know how to help me. .

    Thank you Sir!

  139. So the date and place of their marriage on my birth certificate is completely not the same with their Certificate of Marriage

  140. Ihave a big problem with the birth certificate for the baby … they misspelled surname reversed mother’s name because I have two …. I wanted to change the baby’s certificate in Romania and I was rejected because of it … I sent certificate and correction form …i wait from3 months to be corrected and I paid a fee …. How long it takes to be corected ?

    1. Hello and thank you for your questions. May I ask where you sent this form? You will need to contact the office that you sent the form for an update on the correction. If you need assistance locating the contact number for the Vital records office that you sent the form to we’ll be happy to look it up for you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H

  141. My son is 18 and trying to get a license. His birth certif has his mother’s last name only as his last name…not hyphen. I just found out that he uses my last name instead (his preference). I am listed on his birth certify but how can he get a new birth certif with his name changed to my last name? Does he have the option of changing it for his license?

    1. Hello Courtney and thank you for your question. Your son will need to have his birth certificate amended to reflect a hyphenated last name. Any correction that need to be made on a birth certificate need to be done at the state vital records office where he was born. If you need assistance locating that number we will be happy to assist you in looking it up. We will just need to know the state and city of birth. As for the name on the drivers license, the department of motor vehicles typically will only list the name as it appears on the birth certificate unless you have legal name change documents showing why and how it has changed to something different.
      Please let us know if we can assist you further.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  142. My son was adopted by his paternal grandparents. He has no contact what so ever with his father. I on the other hand demanded that I be able to keep in contact with him, as I have for the last 10 yrs. He’s 14 now and I have just found out that they changed the names to his birth parents to them without my knowledge. They have the adoption paperwork, why would they need to change his birth certificate?

    1. Hello Jennifer and thank you for your question.
      When a legal adoption takes place a new birth certificate is created listing the child’s adopted name and adopted parents. The original birth certificate will no longer be available as a vital record. It becomes more of a court record and is typically a sealed record, depending on the adoption details.
      For more information you can contact the court that finalized the adoption they should be able to answer any more in-depth questions.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  143. Hello,
    I need to change my daughters last name to her fathers now that we are married. How would I go about doing this?
    Thank you,
    Ashley

    1. Hello Ashley and thank you for your question.
      To make a change to your daughters certificate please contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office in the state they were born. Please let us know if you need assistance location that number and we’ll be happy to look that information up for you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  144. Hello,

    I have received my baby girl birth certificate and noticed that there is an extra letter in mother’s name. to apply for the Passport we have to have an exact name of parents. so I contacted Department of Vital records ,( Attn: Corrections Unit 101 S. Mercer St., Room 401 ,PO Box 1528 ,New Castle, PA 16101 )on April 4th and they asked me to mail original copy of the birth certificate to them. which I did on Aril 8th. till now I am waiting for the corrected document, but no luck. Meantime I have contacted Department of Vital records online and paid extra $48 for the corrected birth certificate. but they send again same old birth certificate, not sure how to get the corrected form expedite I need to apply for my baby Passport ASAP.

    Please guide me how do I get it. is there any other office when I can directly walk in and get the correction of my baby’s birth certificate. I live 40 mins away from Philadelphia (North suburbs).

    Some one please guide me how to get it?

    Thanks
    KR

    1. Thank you for your question. If you have already contacted the Department of Vital Records, you have taken the first step in getting the certificate corrected. It may take them a while to get the correction made and issue a new certificate to you. We suggest contacting the Department, or visiting the office in person, to speak with them and see if they can advise you as to the status of your correction request and when you will receive a corrected certificate. Thank you.

  145. Hi,

    My husband and I would like to have our birth certificate corrected so that we may be able to obtain NSO copy with the correct data.
    What are the requirements and procedure for correcting birth certificate on these 2 cases?
    1. blank first name
    2. wrong spelling of last letter of the last name ( E instead of I )

    Your prompt response would be truly appreciated.

    Thank you and God bless.

    1. Hello Jenny and thank you for your questions. If you need to have a birth certificate corrected or amended you will need to contact the vital records office within the state where you were born. If you need the contact information for that location please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you with looking it up.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  146. Hello. My son and I (and others in the family) are applying for dual citizenship in Italy. My son’s name is identical to mine, except he has the suffix “II” after his last name (“Michael Joseph M_____ II”). He was born in Virginia, and we have his official birth certificate — which includes the “II.” I have been told by a consultant (who specializes in assisting persons seeking dual citizenship in Italy) that the Italian officials will deem his last name to be “II” rather than M______. I don’t know whether that is true, but if it is he will need to change his name/birth certificate. Do you have knowledge or an opinion on this issue, and/or do you know how difficult and time-consuming the process may be to change his name?

    Thank you,

    Mike M.

    1. Hello Michael and thank you for your questions.

      This is the 1st I have heard of this being an issue. The best place to go for the answers to this would probably be the Italian consulates office http://italy.usembassy.gov/acs/general-visiting.html this way you know you are getting the information directly from the source.
      Hopefully they will be able to answer any question you may have regarding this.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  147. My son is now 16 and his father left III at the end of where he was to sign his name. Will that need a court order?

    1. Hello Shari and thank you for your question. – I think your asking if you’ll need a court order to change his name from lll to the fathers actual name? IF that is your question then you would want to see if the certificate actually has the fathers name printed anywhere on the record? If it does then you may not need to change the certificate at all the “lll” could be considered his signature. However just to be on the safe side you should contact the vital records office directly. If you need the contact information for that office please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you in locating that information.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  148. Hello!

    I and my husband are legal immigrants. Our child will born a few months before naturalization process ( we wanna change our last name).
    Can we change baby’s birth certificate, when we change our names? Will we have any problem with that?

    Thank you for your help!

    1. Hello Mary and thank you for your question. To change your child’s name on the birth certificate you can contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records office in the state they were born. They should be able to assist you in this process. If you need assistance locating the contact information for this location please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you in looking it up.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  149. Hello, my dad gave up his rights when I was a baby, and the man my mother married adopted me. I recently reconnected with my real dad and I have nothing to do with the man who adopted me because he lets say is not a good person and we’ve had to get restraining orders and he and my mom divorced. I would like to get my real dad back on my birth certificate, but i’m not sure how to do it, and I dont know if itll cost much to get my last name changed or if itll be worth it since I’m probably going to be getting married in a year or so.
    Thanks,
    Mandi

    1. Thank you for your post. If you wish to have a copy of your original birth certificate, you can contact the vital records agency where you were born and ask for a “pre-adoptive” birth certificate. Generally you can request that copy if you are named on the certificate and know the full names of both birth parents on the certificate. To legally change your name back to your birth name will take more effort and may require the assistance of an attorney. We hope that helps. Thank you.

  150. I have a letter missing from my name . Instead of it saying Shanaya it’s spells shanay. Since I’ve been born it has always been spelled with the a on the end. My id social , school records all have it spelled this way . How do I go about correcting it and adding the A on to my birth certificate

    1. Great question, thanks for asking. The best thing to do is to contact the vital record agency that issued your birth certificate and ask for a correction to the spelling of your name. You will need to submit proof of the correct spelling, which it sounds like you already have with your ID, Social Security Card, etc. Once they have the appropriate information, they should be able to make the correction and issue you a new certificate with the proper spelling. Thank you.

  151. My partner and I had our child in 2014. We were not married, as it was not legal for same sex marriages at the time. My partner is the biological mom and I filled out the birth certificate application in the hospital, but there was no area to add me as the other parent. Is there a way we can change the birth certificate to add my name to it?

    1. Great question, thank you for asking. The best way to request a change on a birth certificate is to contact the vital record agency that issued the certificate directly. Each agency will have specific procedures and processes for requested changes, and they can advise you how to begin the process and what documentation may be needed. Once the change is made, the agency will generally provide an updated copy of the certificate. We hope this is helpful for you.

  152. Hi, On my daughter’s certificate mother’s maiden middle name is printed as current legal middle name As there was only one middle name was available in application form submitted by hospital. Kindly suggest process to correct mother’s maiden middle name, which is different than current legal middle name and also, please share list of documents needs to be submitted to correct this record.

    1. Thank you for your question. The best way to request a correction on your daughter’s birth certificate is to contact the issuing vital record agency directly. They will be able to provide you with what information is needed to make such a correction, along with the process of doing so. Thank you.

  153. My daughter is under 6 month. I want to change the last letter of her name from Kimberly to Kimberlee. Do I have to go through a legal process for it?

    1. Hello Kellie and thank you for your question.
      To make a change to a record you will need to contact the vital records corrections and amendments department with in the state where your daughter was born. The sooner you can contact them regarding this change is usually the better. If you need the contact information for this location please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you in finding this out.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  154. My daughters middle name on her birth certificate was spelled as Sabah, it should have been spelled as Sarah. I asked it to be corrected and another birth certificate issued with the correct spelling of her name. I received it by mail. The new birth certificate that I received had the incorrect name crossed out and the correct spelling typed in next to it. Is there a way to actually get a birth certificate without the misspelled name crossed off? I just want one that is spelled correctly

    1. Hello Hanan and thank you for your question.
      Please contact the vital records office that sent you the new record to ask them why it was sent to you this way and how you can get a certificate that looks more sufficient, without the crossing out of the old name. If you need that contact information please let me know the location that sent it to you and I’ll be glad to assist you in looking up their number.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  155. Hello,

    I need to get the birth place corrected on my birth certificate. I am a US citizen, living in the US but I was born in Southern Africa. I lost my original and ordered a copy of it on line but can not remember through what site. I believe it would have been a government site, they some how got my birth place incorrect. I have no idea or even know if there is a ” issuing vital record agency” in Africa. Is there someone who can help me or help me with a starting point.

    Thank you,
    Yvette

    1. Hello Yvette and thank you for your question.
      To find this information out you should contact the consulates office for South Africa. They will be able to assist you further in this matter. Here is a contact number that I came across for the office with in the U.S. (212) 213-4880. Hopefully they can be of more assistance.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  156. I was born under a different name. Months later my last name was changed (illegally) I was raised under that name my entire life. Never going by the last name given at birth. I don’t have a long form birth certificate with the name I was raised by only a certificate of birth. I have talked to vital statistics and they said they can’t give me the other birth certificate with my birth name because I have no proof that’s who I am. I am trying to get a passport and they want a long form birth certificate.what can I do I’m an adult now raised under a different name. Any help would be appreciated I’m really frustrated with this process. I’m a ghost that pays taxes and can’t travel out of the US.

    1. Hello Shantelle thank you for your questions.
      I know this must be very frustrating. Do you know your legal birth name? Are you still in contact with your legal parents listed on your birth certificate? If so they may be able to obtain your certificate for you. Each state has a list of entitled people that can order a birth certificate based on the relationship to the person or the legal need for the certificate. You can contact our office directly at 1-800-255-2414 and we’ll be happy to try and answer any questions you have.
      Thank you again,
      Nichole H.

  157. I want to change the last name of my kid on birth certificate, he’s 3 yrs old. I want to change his last name to his blood dad’s last name. what should I do?

    1. Hello Sandy and thank you for your question.

      To make a change to a birth certificate you will need to contact the amendments and corrections department within the state that your child was born. They will be able to get you started on making the change and should be able to answer any questions you may have. If you need assistance locating the contact number for this location please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you in looking it up.

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  158. Hello,

    I am currently now 17 and will be graduating this year. I only have my father’s last name in all my records (birth certificate, passport, etc). I would like to know how can and what can I do to just add my mom’s last name to my name? Both of them are in my birth certificate, but only my dad’s was put. I want both of last names to appear in all documents, like my HS diploma.

    Thank you.
    Also, without having to do many steps if possible.

    1. Hello Jen and thank you for your question. If you are wanting to change your name to reflect 2 last names you would typically need to have a legal name change done. This is done by the courts and then you can amend your birth certificate to reflect your new name. To find out the entire process of amending a record you can contact the Amendments department at Vital Records office in the stare you were born. They should be able to get you started in the right direction.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  159. My daughter is 6 years old, when she was born I did not list her father on her birth cert. She was born in NC and since then he and I have married and live in CA. I would like to add him to the BC, do I need to do this in the state where she was born or can I do it in the state where we reside?

    1. Hello Bridget and thank you for your questions.
      To amend your daughter’s North Carolina birth certificate you will need to contact North Carolina’s amendments and correction department. They will be able to assist you in making this change. Here is a link to the states website regarding this specific subject http://vitalrecords.nc.gov/change.htm and http://vitalrecords.nc.gov/change.htm#phone
      Hopefully this information will be helpful.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  160. My daughter name is Hridisha Das .
    Now want to change her name. Please advise me how to change the name……she is 2 years old.

    1. Hello Sankar and thank you for your question.
      If you are wanting to change your daughter’s name then you may have to file for a legal name change through the courts. However to confirm the procedures for the state where your daughter was born you can contact the Vital records corrections and amendments office with in that state. If you need assistance locating that number please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you in looking that information up.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  161. hello i just want to ask what will i do my birth date in my NSO birth certificate is correct but my Local civil registrar copy is wrong instead of February 25 it become February 5

    1. Hello Aj Coral and thank you for your question.

      I found some information that will hopefully help you with this https://psa.gov.ph/civilregistration/problems-and-solutions/wrong-spelling-1

      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  162. Hi , I hyphenated my sons last name but it was put in the wrong order supposed to be his dad’s last name and then mine but on the bursar to fake it it says mine then his dads and also his dad’s information is not on The birth certificate how do I go about that who do I contact?

    1. Hello Elie and thank you for your question. To have this corrected you should contact the amendments and corrections department within the vital records office where your son was born, which should be the same vital records office that issued the certificate with the error on it. If you need assistance locating the contact information for this specific location please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  163. my question is I want to change my wifes last name on my sons birth certificate its actually written wrong and I want to change that to her real last name,since we are planning to take passport for my son is this going to be issue…how fast we can change this info in his birth certificate?/please advise

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. To make a change to your sons record you should contact the vital records amendments and corrections office in the state where your son was born. How long the process can take to complete can vary from each state.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  164. In my birth certificate :date of birth is **-*-***.but in my all further records like adhar ,sslc, voters id etc ,.is *-*-****. will this affect for taking passport.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      Each state may list the date of birth sequence a little differently YYYY/MM/DD or DD/MM/YYYY as long as the information is correct the Passport office should know to read it the correct way. However if you would like to confirm this will not be an issue we suggest you contact the passport office that you plan to visit directly.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  165. Im 24 yrs old and wish to legally remove my biological father from my birth certificate and put my step father on it. he has been in my life for almost 2 yrs now and he has been like a father to me ever since I met him. I don’t not talk to my biological father at all. how would I go about doing this.

    1. Thank you for your question. In general, changing a parent’s name on a birth certificate is something that has to go through a specific legal process. For instance, if a step-parent legally adopted a child, they would then have the ability to amend the child’s birth certificate to reflect the legal change. While it’s not something that can typically be done without this legal process, check with the agency that issued your birth certificate for verification of what changes you can request to your birth certificate. Best of luck with your process.

  166. Hello im JOVINE. what are the requirements for changing the gender from male to female. and how much i pay?

    1. Thank you for your question. Any requested changes to a birth certificate would need to go through the vital record office that issued the certificate. They will have specific regulations as to what changes can be made, what documentation may be required to validate any requested changes, and what the cost is to make a requested change. Thank you.

  167. Hi. I have a 10 month old daughter. She was born in Germany and we just moved to the US last month. The man listed as my daughter’s father on her birth certificate is not her biological father. At the time she was born, i thought he was the father but i just found out that her biological father is a man i had known, who resides here in the US. Being that she was born in Germany and we now live in the US, how can i make the correction to the father’s name? Can i make the change here in the US, or do we have to go back to Germany where she was born and where the birth certificate was issued?

    1. Thank you for your question. If your daughter was born in Germany but as a US citizen, you should go through the U.S. State Department to request a change to her Consular Report of Birth Abroad (http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/156216.pdf) which would be the equivalent of a certified birth certificate for US citizens born abroad. If she was not born as a US citizen, then you would need to contact the agency in Germany which officially registered her birth to request that change. Thank you.

  168. My daughter was born 7 months ago and when we received her birth certificate we noticed her father’s bday was incorrect. We need her birth certificate updated with the correct information. I was told if anything is wrong on the birth certificate it makes it invalid.

    1. Hello and thank you for your questions.
      It is great that you were able to catch this error early. Most states are able to correct these types of errors right away and with no fee when its caught within the 1st year of the child being born. You should contact the corrections and amendments department within the state that issued the birth certificate. If you need assistance locating that information please let us know and we’ll be happy to look it up for you.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  169. My daughters birth certificate shows mother’s maiden name incorrect….
    I have called the hospital where she was born and medical records stated an affidavit was signed
    with my married name at that time as my maiden name…I advised that I must have accidentally signed it that way, but I have proof (my birth certificate) showing my correct maiden name. I need to get this corrected, how do I go about it?

    1. Hello Grace and thank you for your question.
      Please contact the Vital Records Amendments and Corrections department in the state where your daughter was born. They will be able to assist you in making this correction. If you need assistance locating the contact information please let us know and we’ll be happy to look it up for you.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  170. I want to change my middle name to something else of my original birth certificate.

    1. Hello Marjorie,

      If you are wanting to change the middle name on your record most likely you will need to have a legal name change performed and then contact the amendments and corrections department in the state where you were born. If you need assistance locating the contact information for a specific location then please let us know and we’ll be happy to look it up for you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  171. I am living in Texas, Collin county.
    My son’s birth certificate has missing father name(Me).
    How to correct that and whats the process.
    we are travelling India in next two month and bcz of this issues Indian consulate rejected my son’s visa application

    1. Hello Ashvin and thank you for your question.
      You would need to contact the vital records office with in the state where your son was born. The vital records office will be able to tell you 1, why you are not listed on his certificate and 2, what it will take to add you to the certificate. If you need assistance locating the contact information for the specific vital records office please let us know and we’ll be happy to help look that information up.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  172. Hii ..my son and daughter were born in USA. I have multiple UsA visa which is about to expire next year. I just noticed that my dob on passport and birthcertificate has one day difference. Now i want to change my passport date of birth as mentioned on birthcerficate . Question is my kids have my passport dob on their birth certificates..should i need to ammend their vital records on my next visit to USA.thanks

    1. Hello Noor and thank you for your question.
      This question might be best answered by the passport office directly. You should contact the passport office and see what they suggest you and your children do in this situation. They can also assist you in making this correction.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  173. On my son’s birth certificate, MY birth date is incorrect by 2 days , how long does it take to make a correction to the birth certificate? Will this be an issue with enrolling him in school , everything else is correct?

    1. Hello Tee and thank you for your question.
      You should contact the vital records amendments and corrections department within the state where your son was born. The processing time to correct a certificate can vary by location however your date of birth being incorrect should not keep you from enrolling him in school but the sooner you can have this corrected the better.
      Please let us know if you need help locating the contact information for a specific location and we’ll be happy to help.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  174. Boyfriend has had same name last 50 yrs. Getting passport and losing birth certificate we saw his last name was different by one letter. We were able to get his dad’s birth certificate who has passed away. Issue vital statistics says last name is correct. He can’t get passport cause going back office can’t locate him with correct last name. Very frustrating. His siblings last name same as what he has been using last 50 yrs. Any suggestions? ?

    1. Hello Bridgette – Your boyfriend will need to contact the vital records corrections department with in the state he was born. They will be able to assist him in correcting the spelling. They may ask for documents to prove the way it’s currently listed is incorrect, such as, his fathers certificate (birth and or death certificates) maybe even a copy of his siblings certificates. Once he has this corrected at the vital records office the passport office should no longer have an issue. If you need the contact information for that specific state offices corrections department please let us know and we’ll be happy to look that up.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  175. Hello,
    I am needing some documents used to amend my birth certificate, that are need to get my passport for deployment. When I born my father was not present to sign my original birth certificate and was then later added on. I need the documents used to make that change.

    1. Hello Tiana – You will need to contact the vital records office in the state you were born. If you are only wanting to obtain the copy of your amended certificate then you should be able to order it as you would any regular birth certificate. You can order it through VitalChek.com https://www.vitalchek.com/birth-certificates or through the vital records office directly.
      Please let me know if you need further assistance and we’ll be happy to assist.

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  176. Hello,
    As the father, My middle name is written as my first name and my first name is written as my middle name on my child birth certificate.
    All my three names are written on the certificate just that the first come as the middle.

    Does it matter or i need to change it.
    Await your reply.

    Sincerely

    1. Hello Tos and thank you for your question.
      It would be best if you did get this corrected so that it is listed correctly, especially when it comes to vital records. You can contact the vital records amendments and corrections department in the state where your child was born and they should be able to assist you with correcting this.
      Please let us know if you need assistance locating the contact information for that specific location and we’ll be happy to help.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  177. Hello
    Im dealing with a mess
    My ex girlfriend and i are going through tough times and she wants me off the birth certificate. We both know that i am not the father and need some advice on how to get it off without no court order. We dont have much money either
    I work two jobs and she works one job . money is tight right now for the both of us.

    1. Hello Michael,

      Each state can vary when it comes to removing a parents name from a birth certificate. You should contact the vital records amendments and corrections department with in the state where the child was born. They will be able to assist you or point you in the right direction.
      If you need assistance looking up the contact information and we’ll be happy to assist you in doing so.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  178. I am trying to fix my immigration status through my biological father. I have my stepfather’s name on my birth certificate with an annotation at the back of it stating that he had recognized me as his daughter. Do I need to change my last name to my biological father’s last name in order to start a legal procedure with my legalization? I am 23 years old so I am over age and I am not married.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.

      There are plenty of instances where a child’s last name is different than the fathers. To confirm what needs to be done we suggest you contact the immigration office directly and explain your situation. They will be able to let you know all the details and requirements

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  179. Hello. I would like to proudly and legally use My Mother’s maiden name as well as My Father’s surname out of respect for both of My loving parents and that of My ancestors of both sides of My family. Therefore would like My birth certificate to show and reflect this with My legal name on it appearing as such and so My legal and professional name can be signed and respected as such. How would I go about this type of change and request?

    Thank you for your time and help in this matter.

    1. Hi Annie and thank you for your question. In order to amend your name on your birth certificate to reflect both your parents’ names, you would first need to legally change your name in the state where you currently reside. Once this is complete, you would need to contact the Amendments and Corrections Department in the state where you were born and provide them with proof of your legal name change. We hope this answers your question. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

      1. Hello Nichole. I greatly appreciate your time, quick response and information. I am happy to hear this is possible and will begin the process immediately then update you to My results. Again thank you for your time and help in this matter.

        ~Annie Body

  180. hi, my case is that i have a a 12 years old girl , she born in NYC , as a single mom theres only my name in her birth certificate, the father is from another country and i dont even know if he still alive, cause he left me when i got pregnant we never got married, he just dont wanted to be part of my babys life, the issue its that i put a different last name than mine to may daugther, and now i want to correct that mistake and put my last name on hers, and she constantly ask me to do so……what can i do??

    1. Hello, Joann. Thank you for your question. You will most likely need to go through the court system in New York to legally change your daughter’s name. We recommend you contact them directly to determine your proper course of action. You can also find more information at https://www.nycourts.gov.

  181. Hello!. I’m going to apply for a passport so I need a new birth certificate because the one i got is too old. I was born in New York City, but i currently live in Puerto Rico. I have a question, my original birth certificate and my drivers licence only have one last name. I saw this on your page and got a little confused: “If ordering a Puerto Rico certificate, please include both last names in the last name field.” Should i put only one last name like in my original birth certificate or should I put both of my last names.? I will appreciate your help. Thank you!

    1. Hello, Grace. Thank you for contacting us regarding your birth certificate question. The statement about including both names when ordering a Puerto Rico certificate pertains to individuals born in Puerto Rico. Since you were born in New York City, you will be ordering a certificate from New York City and need not worry about that requirement. Hope that helps.

      1. Thank you so much for your help.

        1. You are welcome, Grace. We are glad we could assist you.

  182. My date of birth is incorrect on my daughter’s birth certificate. I filled out the appropriate forms requested by vital statistics. Vital statistics is now requesting I get a court order from the circuit court judge where I reside informing vital statistics to make the appropriate change. I go to the circuit court clerks office and they tell me they don’t have a clue of how to get this. They instructed me to contact an attorney to file the appropriate paperwork to get placed on the docket. I contacted an attorney which I really can’t afford who advised me that he didn’t have a clue as well. So I then write the judge directly who advised he cannot give me information and to contact an attorney which I told him I already did. Does anyone know what forms need to be filled out to get placed on the circuit court docket to obtain such an order? Also why would I need an attorney when each individual has a right to represent themselves?

    1. Hello Michael. We’re sorry you are having such a frustrating experience trying to correct your date of birth on your daughter’s birth certificate. Since it is unclear which vital statistics location you have been in contact with, we recommend you call the corrections and amendments department of Vital Statistics in the city where your daughter was born. They should be able to guide you through the process of correcting your daughter’s birth certificate. If you still need further assistance, please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.commailto:vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  183. my son’s first name is listed as his last name. how do we fix this. help please he’s just 6 weeks old.

    1. Hello Teresa. Thank you for your question. Since your son is only 6 weeks old, the process for changing his name on his birth certificate may be fairly simple. Each state has different requirements but in many cases, you can bring the original birth certificate to the vital record office in the city or county where your child was born and fill out a few forms to make the change.

  184. Hi, I am in India and would like to change my US Citizen kid’s last name change to Father’s middle name. From India, how this can be done. Kid is also residing with me in India from past more than 5 years.

    1. Hello Madhu. Thank you for your question. Since you want to change your child’s name, you should contact the agency that issued the child’s birth certificate. They should be able to give you appropriate guidance on how to proceed.

  185. So I’m trying to get an updated birth certificate due to name change but it’s confusing. So I know the current legal name would be my new name but is the part where it asks name on birth certificate the new or old name? Because it’s then saying: The last name of the Person the certificate is for and the Mother’s Maiden name are the same. Typically these names are different. Please correct or check the Ignore box below. Does this mean I’m suppose to put my new name?

    1. Hi Mai. Sorry about the confusion during your ordering process. Please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com or call us at 800-255-2414 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  186. hello good day how do we change my birth month bcoz my birth month have erasure in my Birth Certificate Birth Certificate is reqiured to apply my Passport

    Cinserly
    richard

    1. Hello Richard. Thank you for your question. The requirements for making a change to a birth certificate vary from state to state. Contact the Vital Records Agency in the city where you were born to determine what you will need to do to correct your birth month on your certificate.

  187. how do i change my middle name on my birth certificate?

    1. Hello Lisa. The requirements for amending your name on your birth certificate may vary from state to state. You will need to contact the Vital Records agency in the city where you were born to find out the steps you will need to take to change your middle name on your birth certificate.

  188. Can you give me the information for who I would need to contact in Kentucky to change a child’s first name on a birth record/certificate? The child is under a month old, not sure if this is relevant.

    Thanks,
    Susan

    1. Hello Susan. Thank you for reaching out to us. You will need to call the Kentucky Corrections/Amendments office at (502) 564-4212 for more information about changing your child’s name on their birth certificate.

  189. Hello, I have a question and looks like nobody knows the answer not the Vital Records Amendments and Corrections department, and not even the family court. So I am hoping may be you will have some information. The situation is really simple. Before me and my husband got married I gave birth to our daughter, so when our daughter was born we WERE NOT married(her birth certificate has my MAIDEN last name, father listed as well, our daughter got his last name right the way). After she was born, we did get married and I took his last name, so now the whole family under the same last name.(we live in Las Vegas, our child was born 3 month ago and we got married 2 month ago). Now our child’s birth certificate has my maiden last name. If we go travel anybody who needs to see the proof that I am the mother of my child will look to her b certificate and see mother as Jones for example and I am Smith now. Carring marriage certificate with me for the next 12 years to proof that Jones and Smith is the same person and it is me, is not a solution plus oversea marriage license doesn’t have any value so I want my current last name to be on our child’s birth certificate. The Vital Records Amendments and Corrections department stated by law I have to go through the court order. I went to the court, explained my situation, they gave me a package to fill out and representative and the court marked on the paper “correction of birth certificate” plus I was asked to pay $280 in fees. After 2 month waiting the court stated ” as the information on the child’s birth certificate was correct at the time of birth, you cannot ask the court to “correct” the birth certificate as there was no actual defect in the birth certificate.” And they kept the money. Obviously it wasn’t mistake I couldn’t have his last name when we weren’t married and I did explained it to the court. After talking to the clerk at the court and Vital records one more time, I got response that nobody knows what to do in the situation like this which is really simple to me. If you have any information on this matter I would highly appreciate it.

    Thank you so much for your time.

    1. Hello Yelena. Thanks for reaching out to us. Typically, a child’s birth certificate is going to reflect the mother’s maiden name since that name is a constant with regards to your identity. In other words, your name may change throughout your life as a result of marriages and divorces but your maiden name will always be your maiden name and therefore is the best identifier for you. So even if you had been married at the time of your child’s birth, the birth certificate would reflect your maiden name.

      1. Thank you for your reply Larissa. Birth certificate has two fields: mothers maiden name and mothers current name. I am not trying to change my “maiden name” field of course. I was talking about field “mothers current name”. Right now both fields have the same my maiden last name.

  190. Hi My name is Jessey and my age is 22 years old. I was dating a girl about 27 years old. She became pregnant with my child and gave birth to my son after we separated. She chose not to put my first and last name on the birth certificate as the father. Now after the fact, do i have any rights to add my first and last name as the father to the birth certificate. She will not agree to it do to her anger. Can you tell me what i need to do to get my name on the birth certificate.

    1. Hello Jessey. Thank you for your question. If your former girlfriend refuses to add you to your son’s birth certificate, you will most likely have to go through the court system, prove paternity and get an official decree from the court.

  191. My Daughter’s Sex is wrong on the birth certificate I Filled out the Section On The Back To correct it And I got it notarized . Before I could Send it out to get the errors corrected I moved . How do I go about this since I put my old address on the back section ?

    1. Good morning, Ana. We recommend you contact the Vital Records Amendments and Corrections office in the city where your daughter was born for guidance on how to proceed.

  192. Can they change my husband’s date of birth on my son’s birth certificate? It’s spelled incorrectly. I want to order the “LONG BABY BIRTH CERTIFICATE”.

    1. Thank you for your question. If you have the necessary documentation showing your husband’s correct date of birth or other information such as the spelling of a name, then you should be able to easily request a correction on your son’s birth certificate. Along with the request to make the correction, and all the proper documentation needed by the agency, be sure to advise of the type of certificate you desire. Thank you.

  193. I only need to change my last name on my birth certificate since it was never done even after my parents got married. My SSN is fine so would I still need a court order for a simple last name change? I still basically have my mothers maiden name which che herself doesn’t have anymore and as a result of this , the state makes me use her maiden name since that’s on my birth certificate. Please advise.

    1. Thanks for your question. Yes, any changes to a birth certificate will need to have legal documentation showing why the change is needed, such as a court order or marriage certificate that shows a legal change of name. This is to help ensure that the birth certificate is only changed for the proper person – and not just anyone can request a change to the document without proof. We hope this is helpful for you, and best regards.

  194. I was born in Vietnam. I just find out that on my birth certificate I am a year old now than all my legal paper , documentation. Where do I start or go to correct this issue? I did some research if you own tax, debt or have been charge with any thing can all that problem will go way?. I have been here since 1985 and US citizenship.

    1. Thank you for your question. The best thing to do is contact the agency which issued your birth certificate directly, so they may guide you through the process of what they will need to make such a correction. Thank you.

  195. If my name was changed shortly after birth would my certificate show amended or corrected? I was born in California, and during genealogy research discovered another female born with a different name the same day as me, same birth mother. My current birth certificate does not show amended, corrected or multiple birth.

    1. Hello Lisa. There is typically a certain period of time after a child is born before a birth certificate is officially filed. This time period may vary from state to state. Also, the process to change a baby’s name on a birth certificate is usually much simpler if it takes place in the first year after the child’s birth. We recommend you contact California Vital Records to determine if state law allows for a child’s name to be changed on the birth certificate during the first year without being considered and noted as an amendment.

  196. On my birth certificate it’s Diane. Since the 80’s I have used dyAnne. I changed it because I like the spelling. Everything for me is dyAnne. SS, driver’s license everything. How do I go about changing it on my birth certificate.

    1. Hello, dyAnne. We recommend you contact the Vital Records Amendments and Corrections office in the city where you were born. They should be able to guide you through the process of changing the spelling of your name on your birth certificate.

  197. Hi – We just recently had a baby and realized after we mailed in our application that the dad’s social security number is incorrect. Does that matter? Thanks!

    1. Hello JD. Thanks for your question and congratulations on your new baby. To avoid possible future complications, it would be best to correct this information now. Typically, it is less complicated to make changes to the birth records during the first year after your child’s birth. We recommend you contact the vital records agency to which your application was submitted and take the appropriate steps to make the correction.

  198. I would like to know, Can a person be born in one state, and have a birth certificate from another state? The reason I ask is, I am a 53 yr old male and I just found out that the man I thought was my father isn’t. I asked my Mother about this and, she lied to me about it and when I asked again, her response was, I’m not telling you. A dark cloud for me has been looming ever since I became aware of this. I’ve made calls pertaining to this but the supposedly place I was born, (Hospital) is no longer there. From my understanding, my so called Dad is from Virginia. My birth record states, I was born in Jersey so that looks like the alleged person is from there as well. Would be nice if you can help me with this. So much unrest for me even when I look at her. I always scenced something about my family, and after all these years, It was reveled. The information came from one of her siblings who declined to tell me who it is. They felt, it should come from her. I believe they are right about that. Just looking for the truth and possibly other brothers and sisters I don’t know about. hard for me to get in my e-mail right now. hopefully you will send me something I can check on or out right help me. Thank You

    1. Hello, Kelvin. Sorry to hear about your situation. Your birth record will be on file in the state where you were born regardless of who is or isn’t noted as your father in the record. Therefore, your birth certificate will be on file the state where you were born – New Jersey and you would contact New Jersey Vital Records if you needed more information. Hope this helps.

  199. The hospital my child was born tried to say i dis not name her at the hospital so when i got her birth certificate it said baby girl but i she was issued a ssn and everything else has her name on it but her BC. How do i get it corrected?

    1. Hello Heather. Thanks for your question. While each state has different requirements, many states allow parents time to make changes to a birth certificate without requiring a court order (up to 12 months in some states.) The process may require you to bring the original birth certificate to the vital records office in the city or county where your child was born (generally a department of health or county clerk’s office) and fill out a few forms to make the necessary change. We recommend you contact the vital records office in the area where your child was born for the specific procedure.

  200. I am trying to help out my niece and sister. Her father died and was not on her birth certificate. How do we get this fixed? She is trying to apply for his SS benefits and cannot without a correct birth certificate. We have the temp certificates my sister was sent home with when they left the hospital listing mom and dad. But then when the real certificates came in the mail they did not have dads name on them.

    1. Hello Joan. Your sister will need to contact the vital records agency in the city and state where your niece was born to determine what documentation will be required to amend her birth certificate to correctly reflect her father’s name.

  201. My last name on my son’s birth certificate is not my maiden last name. My husband (now my ex-husband) put down my stage name and he was supposed to correct this 16 years ago. Upon getting my son his birth certificate to get his driver’s permit, I noticed the error was not corrected. I was advised by CDPH I need to get a court order from Family Court to have this corrected. I have tried to research on how to proceed. Moreover, I’ve looked for the forms online and have not found them. I’m not sure where to begin to get this process started. It would be amazing to get help on this. Thanks!

    1. Hello Lisa. We will need a bit more information in order to offer you proper guidance. Please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.commailto:vitals.research@vitalchek.com and include the information you have already provided and the city and state where your son was born. We’ll be happy to look into this for you and determine the proper agency for you to contact initially.

  202. Hi,

    My first name and middle name is in a reverse order on my birth certificate from the UK. Is there a legal document i can obtain that states it the same person?

    For example

    On my documents: First name, Middle name (Always known it in this order)
    Birth certificate: Middle name, First Name

    1. Hello Oladeji. Thanks for your question. Most likely the best course of action will be to contact the UK vital records agency that issued your birth certificate in the first place and get the error corrected.

  203. Hello, I’m looking to change a letter in my name so that my name can be spelled correctly. I’ve been doing research on where to find certain details. My issue is that I read about looking into the corrections/amendment department pertaining to vital records, however I don’t know where to find any of that nor where to start. I was born in Savannah, Georgia. I just need help locating the information ( department)

    1. Good morning, Phylicia. We appreciate you reaching out to us for assistance. Each state has their own set of guidelines for correcting or amending vital records. Since you were born in Savannah, GA, you will need to contact the Chatham County Health Department at 912-356-2138. (http://www.gachd.org/programs-services/vital_records/). They should be able to provide you with the information you need regarding the steps that are necessary to correct the spelling of your name. Good luck.

  204. Hello! I just want to increase my middle name since they did not put it. Would that be difficult?

    1. Hello Abril and thank you for reaching out to us. If you are needing to amend/change something to your birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records amendments and corrections office in the state where your birth certificate was issued. If you need assistance locating that number please feel free to respond back and I’ll be happy to assist you with locating it.

      Nichole H.

  205. Hi, How are you? I would like to know how can my Dad have is name added on my Birth Certificate?

    1. Hello, thank you for reaching out to us. To add a parent to a birth certificate you will have to contact the corrections and amendments office in the state where you were born. Each state has their own procedures and requirements. If you need assistance locating the contact information please reply back and I’ll be happy to assist you.

  206. Hi my son was born july of 2016 before we left the hospital his mother and me filled out a form for the birth certificate with both of our information on it so we would both be on his birth certificate. Well we went and picked the birth certificate up and she is the the only parent listed what can I do? Should I go to the hospital where he was born at to see if there was a mistake with the paper work when they sent it in and see if they have the original paper that she and I both filled out first?

    1. Thank you for your question Zac. Checking with the hospital where you submitted the paperwork may be a good first step to determine what they submitted to the vital record agency for your son’s birth certificate. If that doesn’t provide the desired results, you may want to contact the vital record agency directly to determine what information is required to amend your son’s certificate to include your parental information. Thank you and best of luck.

  207. Hi, My son was born in August of 2012 in the State of California.
    On his birth certificate, I put my Middle Name down as it appears in my Taiwan passport. Is there any way to erase/delete my middle name from my child’s birth certificate?

    1. Hello Chi. Thanks for reaching out to us. For more information on how to amend a California birth record, you can visit the California Department of Public Health website or call the at 916-445-2684. Hope this was helpful.

  208. My daughters father’s rights have been terminated and the judge said his name shall be taken off her birth certificate. I’m having trouble finding out how to get his name taken off her birth certificate. What do I need to do?

    1. Hello Nicole. Thanks for reaching out to us. If the judge has ordered that your daughter’s father’s name be removed from birth certificate, there will be documentation of that order. You will need to get that legal documentation from the court and then contact the Vital Records Amendments & Corrections Office in the area where your daughter was born. They should be able to provide you with more information on how to make the change to your daughter’s birth certificate.

  209. I recently got legal paternity testing done on both of children. I got it done for divorce purposes. As soon as I receive the results in the mail, I’m filing for my divorce. I did receive the results online also. I am wanting to get my son last name changed to his fathers as well as get his name on the birth certificate. Is that sufficient enough to send into viral records (they NEVER answer the phone)

    1. Good morning, Fee. Thanks for reaching out to us. Each state has different guidelines for amending a birth certificate so you will need to contact the Vital Records office in the area where your children were born to determine what steps you will need to take to make the changes. Some information may also be available on their website if you are having trouble reaching them by phone.

  210. I could use some help obtaining my birth certifercate. I was born with the last name of Breavers and that is the name on my birth record but a year or so later my mother legally changed it the Blythe. My whole life has been Blythe and I’m unable to get my birth record from this. I have no proof that my birth name is Breavers. Struggling with this problem for a long time. Suggestions?

    1. Hello Wayne. Thanks for reaching out to us. You mention that your mom legally changed your name to Blythe so there should be legal documentation of that name change that you can present to the Vital Records Agency to get your birth certificate. Some states may allow for a change to a name on a birth certificate without court involvement if the child is under a certain age – usually a year or less. The parent would fill out some paperwork and the record would be amended accordingly. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the area where you were born to determine what steps you can take to obtain your birth certificate.

  211. Hi I had a question regarding my birth certificate what would i have to do to change my mothers name, she for some reason didn’t put her real name but instead what she was called what can I do?

    1. Hello Erika. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Each state has different guidelines for amending or correcting a birth certificate. We suggest you contact the Vital Records office that issued your birth certificate to determine what steps you will need to take to correct your mother’s name on your birth certificate.

  212. How could my mom change her birthdate on my birth certificate I’m now 15 years old.

    1. Thank you for your question Kimberlee. If your mom wishes to make a change to information on your birth certificate, she will need to contact the agency that issued the certificate directly as they will have specific information and documentation needed to request any changes. Thank you.

  213. Hi, I just realized my son’s birth certificate was issued with my single name. I am sure I filled it out with my married name.
    I can no longer verify my order online as it says they remove in 45 days.
    How can I have a proof that my form was submitted with my correct name but issued missing my last name?

    1. Hello Priscila. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. In all likelihood this is not a mistake. While the application may ask for both the maiden name and the married name, it is generally the maiden name that is displayed on the actual birth certificate. Your maiden name serves as an identifying factor for you specifically and will never change whereas your married name may or may not change depending on your marital status. If you still have questions, please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  214. I thought this man was my son father and he has his last name but he’s not the father and I want to change his last name to her real father last name, what do I do?

    1. Hello Chrissy. We appreciate you reaching out to us with your question. Each state has different regulations for amending information on a birth certificate. Depending on the age of your son, you will more than likely need to provide proof of paternity to the court and get a court document ordering the name change on the birth certificate. In some states, if the child is under a certain age (usually a year or younger) you might be able to make a change by simply filling out paperwork. We suggest you contact the vital records office in the area where your son was born for more information on the steps you will need to take.

  215. Hello, My husband changed his first name after he became a US citizen. I how do I update our sons birth certificate, I need to change the certificate
    so that we can get our son a new passport.

    1. Hello Natasha. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Since each state has their own list of requirements for amending/correcting vital records, we suggest you contact the vital records office in the city where your son was born. They should be able to provide you information on the steps you will need to take to change your husband’s name on your son’s birth certificate.

  216. My name is misspelled on all of my children’s birth certificates.
    What do I need to do to amend the spelling of my name on my children’s birth certificates.?
    Thanks,
    T. Crawford

    1. Hello Tressa. We’re sorry to hear your name is misspelled on your children’s birth certificates. We recommend you contact the vital records office(s) in the area(s) where your children were born for more information on the steps you will need to take to correct your name on their certificates.

  217. The country of birthd for one of the parents in the birth certificate is wrong.
    Probably there was a confuncion between
    country of birth and citizenship. Father was born in Russia, but citizenship is Cuba.
    In the birth certificate it is written that the father was born in Cuba, wish is not correct.
    How can I fix this?

    1. Hello Nina. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. The requirements for correcting a vital record may vary from agency to agency so you will need to contact the vital records agency that originally issued the birth certificate and inquire about the steps you will need to take to correct the father’s information on the certificate. Best regards.

  218. my father in law got a copy of his birth certificate. the last name was wrong and his first name was spelled wrong. Now he is 82 years old and stated that his mother changed his last name in the 1970’s. He said he had a copy with the changes but lost it. How can these changes be made. He needs his birth certificate to renew his drivers license.

    1. Hello Leslie. We appreciate your question regarding correcting the spelling of your father-in-law’s name on his birth certificate. The requirements for amending a birth certificate may vary from state to state so he will need to contact the vital records agency in the city/state where he was born for guidance. We hope this points you in the right direction.

  219. Hello,

    I have had my name legally changed. I went to court etc.. I need to have my birth certificate corrected. How do I go
    about doing that? If you can kindly point me in the right direction.

    1. Hello Dorisanne. Thank you for reaching out to us. Since you already had your name legally changed and should have documentation from the court, we suggest you contact the amendments and corrections department of the vital records agency in county or state where you were born. t5hey should be able to assist you.

  220. Hi,
    I wasn’t there when my daughter was born. I didn’t know she was mine till 6 months after she was born. It just so happened that my cousin was having a baby around the same time. Now I have a lot of family members who are telling me that my childs birthday was the 19th of May. That is what we celebrated it as for the last 7 years. Well recently I gained full custody of my child and received a copy of her birth certificate it states that she was born on the 18th of May instead. How can I know for sure that this information is correct? If I call the hospital could they provide proof of this?

    1. Hello Brad. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. You certainly could check with the hospital to see if they keep records that can verify your daughter’s birth date. We also suggest you check with the vital records agency that issued the certificate to see if they have any additional documentation to verify the date.

  221. I was just looking over my daughter’s birth certificate and it has her father’s birthday wrong. What do I need to do to change it. He isn’t in the picture anymore

    1. Hello Corey. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. We suggest you contact the Vital Records office in the area where your daughter was born for guidance on how to correct her father’s birth date on her birth certificate.

  222. Hello i have a problem with my
    Daughters birth certificate my last name wasn’t added and i dont know what to do or what are they going to ask for in order for me to add my last name?

    1. Hello Laura. Thank for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the area where your daughter was born to find out what their procedure is for amending a birth certificate.

  223. Hi there. What would my husband have to do to fix his last name. An error was made at birth, he was given his mother’s last name rather than his father’s last name. The traditional way. He just need to switch his last name legally and on his birth certificate.

    1. Hi Malyssa, thank you for your question. To request a name change on a birth certificate, legal documentation showing the preferred name will usually be required. In this case, if your husband has already legally changed his name and it is correct on documents like his driver’s license, social security card, passport, and/or any legal documents (including any court records granting the name change), that may be all that’s needed to request the change to his birth certificate. However, it’s best to contact the agency that issued the original birth certificate directly, as they will be able to provide you specific details on the correction process and what documents are needed. Thank you and best regards.

  224. I put a biological father instead of my husband on my child’s birth certificate, now I’m facing difficulties, because by the law the husbands name has to be on birth certificate. How can I fix it?

    1. Hello Tatiana. Thank you for your question. Since each state has their own list of requirements for amending/correcting vital records, we suggest you contact the issuing vital records office in the city where your child was born. They should be able to provide you with information regarding the steps you will need to take to add your husband’s name on your child’s birth certificate.

  225. How to correct my father birthday? Please help me

    1. Hello Adonai. Assuming you are wanting to correct a birth date on a birth certificate, you will need to contact the vital records agency that initially issued the birth certificate. They should be able to help you determine what steps you will need to take to make the correction.

  226. Hi ,
    I had my sons last name legally changed in a court in Australia. He was however born in the USA and holds a USA birth certificate. Am I able to get his USA birth certificate changed with an Australia court document.

    1. Hello Sally. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Each state has different guidelines for amending a vital record so we suggest you contact the vital records agency in the U.S. that originally issued your son’s birth certificate. They should be able to answer your question or connect you with someone who can.

  227. Hello Nichole Hawkins,

    My kids were born in the state of California, but I’m going to change my name, how can I do it to also change it in my kids birth certificate??

    1. Hello Carmen. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question regarding changing your name on your children’s birth certificates. We suggest you contact the Vital Records Agency in the county or city where your children were born for more information on what steps you will need to take to amend their birth certificates.

      1. Hello. how can i change my last name, my father name and his nationality and my parents date of marriage?

        1. Hello Jesse. Thanks for reaching out with your questions. If this information is incorrect on your birth certificate, you can contact the vital records agency that issued your certificate initially to inquire about the requirements for amending the record.

  228. I went to vital records in Tuesday to do a paternity acknowledgement form and to also change daughter name to my married name. Just received the birth certificates know Friday I paid $40 and they put my husband as being born in 1983 he clearly wrote 1953. I am in georgia I am not happy because I am not going to keep paying them money do they not read the information. And they also have my middle name down I changed my name including middle once I got married this is so frustrating there is no way I am driving back to Atlanta we are 3 hours away

    1. Hello Amber. We’re sorry to hear there are issues with the certificates you ordered. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued these certificates to you to determine what needs to be done to correct them.

  229. Hello, my son was born in Indiana 7 years ago. I didnt add the fathers name at the time, but I want to add him now. (We are getting married) We’ve lived in Texas now for 4 years. How do I go about adding him?

    1. Hello Kaila. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. More than likely, you will need to provide proof of paternity and go through the court system to add the father’s name to your son’s birth certificate. We suggest you contact Indiana Vital Records for more information about the steps you will need to take.

  230. Hello, I need to ad the second last name of my wife in the birth certificate of my 2 kids due to some citizenship paperwork overseas we are doing.
    What is the best and fastest way to do this?
    Thank you very much!
    Federico

    1. Hello Federico. Thanks for reaching out to us. We suggest you contact the Vital Records Agency in the area(s) where your children were born for more information on the steps involved to amend their birth certificate to include a second last name for your wife.

  231. How would i go about changing my daughters last
    Name i only put her last name as my other babies last
    Name cause of some personal issues how i had the baby but its
    Ok cause at the end of the day shes my blessing in i love
    Het too pieces..
    But i am now engaged and my fiancee would love to
    Step up and be on the certificate or at least give. Her his last name
    So i was wondering how we go about this..thank you for your time in help

    1. Hello Teresa. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. More than likely, it will require legal adoption proceedings to change your daughter’s last name to that of your fiancée. We suggest you contact the Vital Records Office in the city/state where your daughter was born for further guidance.

  232. hello
    i want to make correction of the birth certificate of my daughter. because instead of Ejorpe it was wrote there Ejopre.
    what would i do and what are the requirements?

    1. Hello Liezel. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question regarding correcting the spelling of your daughter’s name on her birth certificate. Each state may have different requirements for correcting an error on a birth certificate so depending on the state involved and your daughter’s age, it could be as simple as filling out and submitting a form. We suggest you contact the Vital Records Agency that issued the certificate initially for more information on how to proceed.

  233. Hi my son is one week old i accidently put his first name as his middle and middle name as his first. The hospital did it over the phone because they forgot to do after giving birth. Is it a way i could change it without having to go through court and pay legal fees? Could i change it before they issue the certificate out?

    1. Hello Quana. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Since your son was born very recently, it is highly probable that you can correct the mistake on by simply filling out some paperwork. We suggest you first check with the hospital to see if they have registered the information with the Vital Records office yet. If they have, you will need to contact the Vital Records office to determine what steps you will need to take to correct the error.

  234. My last name and first name is spelled wrong on my birth certificate which is issued in Puerto Rico, due to the hurricane Puerto Rico doesn’t have any working phone lines and no way of contacting them. how do i get a corrected BC?

    1. Hello Shakim. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We wish we had a solution for you but unfortunately, to correct an error on your Puerto Rico birth certificate, you will need to contact the Puerto Rico Demographic Registry. As you are probably aware, they are closed until further notice due to the devastation from Hurricane Maria. Perhaps, as communication systems are repaired, the Registry will be able to provide more information as to when they anticipate becoming operational again. Again, sorry we couldn’t offer you more information.

  235. My boyfriend got a paternity test done earlier this year around June which established him as his child’s father and he was provided documents stating that he is the child’s legal father and needs to pay Child Support. The child was born between two people who did not desire to be together and the mother originally left his name off of the birth certificate. Now, in October, he’s requesting a copy of his child’s birth certificate and they tell him that his name is not on it and that they can’t give it to him because of this. How would he fix this problem? Would it require a court order or would the documents from the paternity test and the child support agreements be enough to change it?

    1. Hello. Thanks for reaching out with your question about your boyfriend getting his name added to his child’s birth certificate. Since each state sets their own guidelines for amending birth certificates, we suggest he contact the vital records agency that issued the child’s birth certificate originally. They should be able to answer questions regarding what documentation will be needed to add his name to the birth certificate.

  236. Hello, my baby boy is less than 12 months old and was born in Guam.
    My baby’s last name is Shin and my husband is Shiin. My husband is a Japanese and does not hold U.S. citizenship.
    Their last names in Japanese alphabets are same but in English alphabet, my husband has one more i and it is because
    English alphabet names for Japanese are transliterated as it sounds.
    English alphabet names are not legal names in Japan but Japanese alphabet, so I told them that my husband would
    change his last name spelling since it is not an issue in Japan but if we change my son’s, then we will have to re- apply his
    US passport and SSN card.

    Anyway, my husband re-applied his Japanese passport to change his last name spelling to be same as my son’s, but then
    the Vital Statistics saying that my husband needs a court order in order to change his last name spelling on my baby’s birth certificate.
    His new passport under new spelling has been approved and accepted in Japan and does he still need court order in U.S.?
    He is not even an U.S. citizen and I’d like to know how we can fix his last name on my son’s birth certificate.

    Thank you,

    1. Thank you for your question Julie. We understand the complexity of your situation involving a translated spelling of your husband’s name on your son’s birth certificate. Generally, government-issued documents such as a passport may be acceptable as proof of a name spelling when requesting a correction to a birth certificate; however, the Guam Vital Statistics office may have different requirements. Since your son’s birth certificate is issued from Guam Vital Statistics office, they will have to advise you on what is required to change the spelling of your husband’s name on your son’s birth certificate. We hope you are able to work with that agency to successfully make that change.

  237. Hello, I want to add my name to my daughter’s birth certificate.
    I was absent at her birth and she and her mother later traveled back to Africa
    about 3 years now, she’s with me and her mom is back in the US schooling.
    she sent me an invitation to attend her graduation with our daughter.
    Please help me get started! thanks!

    1. Good morning. Thanks for reaching out to us for assistance getting started adding your name to your daughter’s birth certificate. We suggest you. Since each state sets their own guidelines for amending birth certificates, we suggest that you contact the vital records agency that issued your daughter’s birth certificate originally. (in the city/state where she was born) They should be able to answer questions regarding what documentation will be needed to add his name to the birth certificate.

  238. Hello ma’am my Surname it have errors,how can I change it and what are the document needed?

    1. Hello Joana. Thanks for reaching out with your question. For more information regarding correcting your surname on your birth certificate, we suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued the certificate originally. This will be the vital records agency in the city/state where you were born. They should be able to inform you of the steps you will need to take to make the correction.

  239. I need to make a change to my newborn’s birth certificate. My first name is ELEENNOR FLOR XXXXX, my middle name is XXXX and my last name is XXXXXXXXX. On her birth certificate it is typed as ELEENNOR FIOR XXXXX. The typo was the “I” instead of an uppercase “L”. I went to the office of vital records and they are charging me $40 to fix one little mistake that the hospital made. This is ridiculous.

    1. Hello Ellie. We’re sorry to hear about the mistake on your baby’s birth certificate. If it is truly the hospital’s mistake, have you contacted them to see if the will reimburse you for the cost of the new certificate? On the surface $40 may seem like a lot but you are paying for the time and process to search for the record, make the correction and produce a new copy of it on special security paper that makes it an official certified copy that can be used for a number of legal purposes.

  240. I would like to change the fathers name on my birth certificate. How would i go about changing it?

    1. Hello Julie. Thanks for reaching out with your question. The requirements for amending/correcting a birth certificate may vary from state to state. Therefore, we suggest you contact the vital records agency in the city/state where your child was born. They should be able to provide you with more information about the steps you will need to take to change the father’s name on the birth certificate.

  241. Hello, we have a newborn son and in the hospital, we made a spelling mistake with the father’s last name on the birth certificate application and now we have my son’s birth certificate with a wrong father’s last name. I, the father, am from India and even though my birth certificate is apostilled it is not valid since it doesn’t have correct order of my name as per the US, it has Last name, First name and Middle name without even the mention of the order. So I have to get a family court order stating my correct last name. What is the procedure to get a family court order? Can I do this process myself without an attorney? Should I go for a name change or name correction?

    1. Hello Lakshman. Thanks for reaching out with your questions. Some states allow for simple corrections to be made to birth certificates if the child is under a certain age (often 1 year old). We suggest you check with the vital records agency that issued your son’s birth certificate to see if this is a possibility. If you do have to get a court order, we suggest you contact the family court to find out how you go about getting that order and if it can be done without an attorney.

  242. Hello,

    So my daughters father is not on her birth certificate however we would like him to sign it and be on it. Are we able to easily make this change or are they going to require us to got through a difficult process to do this?

    1. Hello Elena. Thanks for the question. Some states may allow for simple corrections to be made to birth certificates if the child is under a certain age (often 1 year old). We suggest you check with the vital records agency that issued your daughter’s birth certificate to see if you can add the father’s name by filling out some paper work or if you will need to go through the court system.

  243. Hi, so my mom’s last name is misspelled by ONE letter, but the last name appears correctly spelled for her father (which literally makes no sense how they messed that up). Do I absolutely need a certified court order to correct her surname by just one letter?

    1. Hello Alexander. If you haven’t done so already we suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate. They should be able to provide you with the steps you will need to take to correct your birth certificate.

  244. Hi,
    There is a mistake in my middle name in my baby birth certificate. Is it ok or should I ask for change?? And if I should , may you please tell me how?

    1. Hello Raidan. Regarding your question about the mistake in your baby’s middle name on his/her birth certificate, this has the potential to cause problems in the future so you may want to get it corrected. Each state may have different requirements for correcting/amending a birth certificate. It could be as simple as filling out paperwork or more involved if a court order is required. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the city/state where your baby was born for more information on the steps you will need to take to fix the error. Good luck.

  245. I already contacted both city & state offices of vital records, & they said they could not help me, & that I was between a rock & a hard place, due to the following:

    I’m trying to get a passport, so need my birth certificate.
    I am an adult.
    When I turned 18, I legally changed my entire last name.

    Yesterday, I found out, that 1 single letter was different on my birth certificate, compared to the way I spelled my last name the rest of my till the name change.
    The name change decree even has my former last name spelled different by that 1 letter, which is an ‘s’, compared to the birth certificate, which is spelled with a ‘z’.

    My drivers’ lic., is the only picture I.D. I have,…& it has my brand new (& entirely different) last name, that I legally changed to, when I turned 18, several decades ago.

    I have NO identifications whatsoever, of my old last name that I spelled diff from the birth certificates’ spelling, what so ever, so I’can’t even get a copy of the birth certificate with the misspelling error on it.

    What can I do (again, Vital records has been contacted, & since I was born in San Fran.,I am hundreds of miles away, even if something could be done..

    Their Dept. says they can’t help.

    1. Hello Craig. We’re sorry to hear about your dilemma. It’s obvious you have been trying to fix this error and there are no easy answers. You may want to consider consulting with the courts that approved your name change or even seeking out the assistance of an attorney to help you get this straightened out. We wish you the best.

  246. I hope and invite the other people (hundreds) esp. on this page, to post in, and tell how they resolved this issue,….which they seemed to have/had, too.

  247. I have a very urgent question, My child who born on 11-08-2017 in Mecklenburg County, NC and I have got his birth certificate but in his birth certificate, his mother’s maiden last name is incorrect. It is showing my last name instead of her last name before marriage.

    Please advise me how to proceed to get it corrected asap as I have to apply for travel visa for my son.

    1. Hello Gaurav. We’re sorry to hear about the error on your child’s birth certificate. Requirements for correcting/amending a birth certificate may vary from state to state. Therefore, we suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your child’s birth certificate originally to determine what steps you will need to take to get it corrected.

  248. my situation is that when I was 19 I had a baby boy who the drs. said had passed away. I didnt fill out a birth certificate or received a death certificate until 1989. So with that being said I didnt sign my name on the birth certificate. I would like my nam on my sons birth certificate.

    1. Hello Denise. We’re sorry for your loss of your infant boy. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the area where the delivery occurred. They should be able to help you determine what steps are required to add your name to his birth certificate.

  249. Hi, I was given the wrong last name at birth. I am now 53 and I would like
    to correct it. My mother thought it would be easier if all her children had
    the same last name to avoid confusion. But now its out and I want my
    rightful birth name. How would go about that? Would it cost a lot of money?
    Thank you. Oh one more question is it legal to use my given name on my
    birth certificate followed by my should be last name like john (phillips) Jones

    1. Hello Kendra. Thanks for reaching out with your questions. Each state may have different requirements/pricing for correcting/amending birth certificates. This may even require a legal order. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that originally issued your birth certificate for more information on how to proceed.

  250. Hi, my daughter was born in a hospital in Los Angeles, CA. Unfortunately, she was never given a birth certificate or social security due to her father not signing the paper work. She is now 17 (almost 18 on August) and still does not have any of those documents. It has been difficult because she can’t really do much. What can I do to fix/start this process?

    1. Hello Jackie. If your daughter was born in a hospital in L.A., there is more than likely a birth record on file with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. CLICK HERE to visit their website for more information on how to obtain your daughter’s birth certificate.

  251. Question: Does removing the Middle Name requires a court order? I am using my Mother’s surname because my parents says the hospital won’t allow them to let me use my Father’s surname for at that time they’re not married yet. I just learned when I am in high school that a child who uses his/her Mother’s surname should have no Middle Name otherwise it would seem like that the mother and child are siblings. In my case, I have a Middle Name. My parents at that time don’t know about this fact nor anyone did help them or gave them an advice that time.

    1. Hello Wenny. Each state may have different requirements for amending/correcting a name on a birth certificate. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally (usually the health department or county clerk in the city/state where you were born) to determine what steps you will be required to take to make the desired change.

  252. I am 21 years old. I don’t have my father’s name in my birth certificate (it is blank). My birth certificate is issued at Florida. Now how can add my biological father’s name in my birth certificate?

    1. Hello Marx. Each state may have different requirements for amending a birth certificate. Depending on the circumstances, it may require a court order or even proof of paternity to add your father’s name to your birth certificate. We suggest you contact the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics office at (904) 359-6900 ext 9005 for more information or click here to visit their website.

  253. My name is not correct on my birth certificate and I need to correct it in the shortest time possible because I’m trying to the air force and they wont let me use the incorrect one I’ve been using .

    1. Hello Doria. Each state sets their own guidelines for correcting and amending vital records. You will need to contact the vital records agency in the state where you were born to determine the steps you will need to take to correct your name on your birth certificate.

  254. My child birth certificate has listed under my sister s name .So now I want to change it to be under my name because I’m the biological mother .he is 17 years which procedures should I follow before he take a identity document

    1. Hello Cathrine. Each state sets their own guidelines for amending vital records so you will need to contact the vital records agency in the state where your son was born to determine the steps you will need to take to change his birth certificate. It is possible you may need to go through the court system.

  255. Dear Sir

    As i was residing with my Uncle’s family since childhood, on all of my documents including study from 1st onwards &
    passport/visa/Marriage cert. my Uncle’s name is appearing as Father’s name, same case is of mothers name.
    Issue is that i am currently residing abroad on the basis of same documents. My Birth certificate which I got from
    Municipal in 2014 their is also name of my uncle.

    Now my query is that is it necessary to go thru court and get proof of biological/natural parents with my birth cert as
    in future i don’t want to be indulged in any conflict with embassies. Or i may voluntarily disclose the things to embassy.
    Or i may get my natural parents name addition in my birth cert.and then i may update to embassy?

    Please advice

    1. Hello Sunwit. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally for more information on the proper course of action regarding amending the parent’s name.

      1. So if they amend my birth certificate …then i have to again amend all of my documents like study,passsport and others…. do embassy people accept it or treat me it as a case of misrepresentation?

        1. More than likely. That is why it is best for you to consult with them for guidance.

  256. on my sons birth certificate its says i the father was born in CA. but i was born in Mexico Baja CA. how can this error be fixed?

    1. Hello Manny. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your son’s birth certificate. They will be able to tell you what steps you need to take to correct the error.

  257. Hi,
    Just want to ask, what could be the easiest way to correct or apply correction to my Birth DAY at the NSO.
    My birth day is May 3 base on the civil register office where I was born, but unfortunately it was altered due to unclear copy sent to the NSO which state May 5 .
    I use May 3 on all my document since I a child and now I’m planing to apply for Philippines passport and I want to make it correct before I apply for my passport.
    I’m residing here in the Philippines and planing to work abroad.
    Hope you can give me an incite on how I can correct it.

    Thanks in advance,
    Ariel C.

    1. Hello Ariel. Your best course of action will most likely be to contact the NSO for more information on how to correct your birth certificate.

  258. Hello my name is kami my son is 8months old. The father is not apart of life and for safety reasons I left where my son was born. So for
    obvious reasons I want my son to have my last name. I cant go to the state I was and I have no way of knowing or finding the father.
    So how can I go about changing his last name?

    1. Hello Kami. If the child is under a year old, some states may allow for changes to the birth certificate by filling out and submitting paperwork. Since each state sets its own guidelines for correcting/amending vital records, you may want to call the vital records agency that originally issued your son’s birth certificate to determine if this is a possibility and if you can submit the paperwork online or by mail.

  259. I just got my sons birth certificate today at the vital here in tacoma and they didn’t spell my lastname right. so they told me to call the hospital that I had the baby at and I did but they told me that they are not the one who issue the birth certificate. so is there a number I can call to correct my last name on my sons birth certificate? pls help a mother out

    1. Hi Tiresa. We’re sorry to hear about the misspelling of your name on your son’s birth certificate. If he is a newborn, you might be able to correct the certificate by filling out a correction form at the vital records agency. We suggest you call the agency in Tacoma again and ask if they allow for a correction to a birth record in this manner.

  260. if i wanted my 4 year old’s last name changed to minds what steps would I need to take. And would that include me changing her birth certificate,ssn card and other important documents

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. In order to make a change to your child’s birth certificate, you should contact the vital records office that issued the certificate. They can tell you what information they require for changing any information on the birth certificate. Once you have the corrected birth certificate, you can then request changes to her SSN card and other documents so that all her documentation has the same name listed. Best regards.

  261. Hi my daughter was wanting to find out her 3yr old girl name is spelled Bailey but originally was sup8to be spelled Baylee, but wasn’t that way on certificate and we never had it changed because we didn’t think we could?

    1. Hello Angie. It is possible to change a name on a birth certificate but may involve petitioning the courts for a legal name change. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued the birth certificate originally to determine what steps you would need to take to make the change.

  262. My daughter son is 4 months old she wants to have his birth certificate amended she wants to put him in my last name because
    she not at all for sure who his father is there is no father listed on the original birth certificate. So she just wants to change the last name
    do we have to get this change in court

    1. Hello Angie. Thanks for reaching out with your question. If the child is under a certain age, some states may allow for changes to be made to a birth certificate by filling out some simple paperwork. We suggest your daughter contact the Vital Records Agency in the area where her son was born to determine how she will need to proceed with the amendment.

  263. my husband adopted my daughter after her biological father signed over his rights. she was born in Va but we now live in Pa and ive been trying to get her name changed on her birth certificate for months so that she can get her social security card updated. The phone number for Virginia department of vital records is no longer in service and ive even contacted the amendments office to no avail. everyone ive talked to has given me the same phone number to call and every day ive tried calling it still has the same recorded message, that the number is no longer in service. I need another phone number to try and get all of this straitened out. my daughter just turned 16 and wants to get her drivers permit and cant until her birth certificate and SS card is taken care of.

    1. Hello Julie. We’re sorry to hear you are having problems reaching VA Vital Records. Their website lists a general information number of 804-662-6200. I just tried this number and it is operational and prompted me to press 6 to speak with a representative. If you still cannot get through, please contact us at 800-255-2414, vitals.research@vitalchek.com or via private message on the VitalChek Facebook and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  264. My son is 14 months old and when he was
    his father didn’t sign the birth certificate. I still
    haven’t gotten his birth certificate and his dad
    wants to sign it now. What do I need to do to
    do this.

    1. Hello Dusty. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the city/state where your son was born. They should be able to provide you with information regarding the steps you will need to take to amend the birth record and obtain the certificate.

  265. Hello

    I was adopted at age 11-12, got a name change and a new birth certificate. The new birth certificate had the wrong birthdate on it. When i told the DMV this my 1st ID/drivers license (and everyone else in my life) they wouldnt go by my word and instead forced me to use that birthdate unless i could show proof. Since i was just a teenager i had to consent.. Twenty-nine years later i have the proof that the wrong birthdate was put on my new birth certificate. This is very damaging as my whole life and achievements are all fraudulent. Is there anyone who can help me repair and recompense?

    1. Hello Aroku. Each state has different rules for correcting/amending a vital record. You may want to contact the Vital Records agency that issued your birth certificate originally to find out what steps you will need to take to correct your birth date on your birth certificate.

  266. Hello! When I gave birth my mother filled out the birth certificate for me but when she did she accidentally put her last name instead of mines. ( We do not share the same last name)
    This was over a year ago. How do I go about changing my last name on my child’s birth certificate?
    I am in Sacramento,CA.

    1. Hello Liana. Thanks for reaching out with your question. If you child was born in California, you can click here to visit the California Department of Public Health for more information on amending and correcting a birth certificate.

  267. My daughter applied for a passport. her certified birth certificate was rejected because it says it doesn’t list her place of birth but it does and it also says it doesn’t list the name of the person who registered her birth. who would that person be? it only lists the registrar’s file number. My daughter was born on a military base in Texas if that makes any difference. thanks

    1. Hello Ruthie. We are sorry to hear of your predicament. You may want to contact the Passport office for clarification on the denial. Also, contact the vital recods agency to determine if they offer another form of birth certificate that would include the information the passport office is requesting.

  268. Hello,
    I need to change my name (mother) on my son’s birth certificate. What can I do? Do I need a court order?

    1. Hello Arianna. Thanks for reaching out with your question. In some states, if the child is under a certain age (usually one year), you may be able to make changes to the birth certificate by simply filling out and submitting some paperwork. We suggest you check with the vital records agency that issued your son’s birth certificate to determine what their policy is on changing information on that birth certificate.

  269. My daughter wants to add my last name to her birth certificate. How can we do that in NYC?

    1. Hello. Thanks for reaching out with your question. To find out more about amending a NYC birth certificate, please call 311 or 212 NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) if you are calling from outside NYC. You can also email the Corrections and Amendments Unit at correctionsunit2@health.nyc.gov.

  270. How about correction of the Middlename of the child , they entered instead the middle name of the mother instead of the mother’s maiden name

    1. Hello. If your child is under a certain age (usually one year old) many states will allow for changes to be made to his or her birth certificate by simply filling out some paperwork and submitting it to the vital records office. The first thing to do would be to check with the vital records agency that issued your your child’s birth certificate to determine if you can correct the mistake by simply filling out and submitting the paperwork.

  271. This is complicated. My daughter is married has two children with her husband. They have been separated for over a year now not a legal separation they are still legally married but living apart. Her husband was in a relationship which he denies but is still on going. My daughter was in a relationship with another man and she became pregnant. She had the baby and legally her husband is the father because she is still married to him. On the birth Certificate the baby was given the last name of her boyfriend at the time. Now involved in a domestic violence case against her X-boyfriend she wants to change the last name of the baby to her maiden name. The boyfriend is in home detention pending sentencing since his name is not on the birth certificate and the child is under a year old can she change the babies name to hers without him knowing. Does it have to go to court since the child is under a year old. Her husband does not want the baby to have his last name. Please let us know what steps she needs to take to get this done. She got the name change forms but is still unsure how to complete some of the questions. She has a restraining order against him also. Since his name is not on the birth certificate he has no legal rights now to the child. Thank you for any assistance you can give us.

    1. Hello Karen. Each state may have different guidelines for amending a birth certificate. We suggest your daughter contact the vital records agency that issued the birth certificate originally for more information and assistance completing the forms.

      1. Hello Larissa, My daughter went to Vital Records who told her she should do a petition. When she left there she called a lawyer hotline. The Lawyer told her that her husband is considered the father and they could go back to Vital records together and fill out a affidavit signed by her and her husband. Her husband could say it is ok with him to change the babies last name to her maiden name and it would be legal to do this. However, her husband is hesitant in completing a affidavit as the father even though he is considered the father since they were and still are married. He told her that she could come back at him later for child support of the child. Sarah told him that the lawyer said she could come after him for child support even if he does not complete the affidavit because he is seen as the father. He is till reluctant to sign the affidavit. Is it possible to have a written statement by him notarized saying he is married to her and he gives her permission to change the last name to her maiden name without him actually signing the affidavit admitting to be the father since the law sees him as the babies father.. Would this be allowed. she really wants the babies last name to be changed before she is a year old and mainly because of her abusive x-boyfriend. she does not want the baby to have to be associated with him in anyway. Thank you for any assistance you can offer.

        1. Hello Karen. Unfortunately I do not have answers for your questions. If the vital records agency is unable to provide you with further information, you may want to seek some legal guidance on this issue.

  272. I am 18 year old and I want to take birth certificate .process bta den. I can change my dob . Plz reply me fast

    1. Hello Waqar. Each state may have different requirements for amending a birth certificate. We suggest you contact the vital record agency that issued your birth certificate to find out what steps are necessary to amend/correct a birth certificate.

  273. I was born in New York, live in California. On my birth certificate my legal name is Pedro I have never used this I have always been Peter on all my documents. Can I request a my name amended on my birth Certificate? The cost of a court document is very expensive. What are the steps I need to take?

    1. Hello Peter. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the area of NY where you were born for more information on how to proceed with amending your name on your birth certificate. It is possible that you will be required to go through the court system for this request.

  274. Per what is written in the article above:
    “Changing Parentage or Surname – Like changing a name, this is considered a legal change and will usually require a court order. The parent, or the requestor, will need to provide proof that the original information is not correct. In many cases it may be easiest to work with a lawyer who is skilled in these matters.”
    The name of the individual listed as father on my birth certificate is not correct. He was married to my mother when I was born, but he was not the father.
    I have tried for years to find someone who can help me get this corrected with no luck. CT vital statistics requires a court order, as you indicated, but I have not been able to find an attorney who can come up with a path to petition the court for an order to amend. I have known my birth father and his family since I was 15 (1980). The family has accepted me beyond measure, including my step-mother, who loved me as one of her own. Unfortunately, they both passed away before we could find a solution to this (although I have letters from both of them welcoming me to their family and my father was an active amateur genealogist and I can point to an online Ancestry.com account of his that indicates he considered me his child.
    Two of my father’s sisters have taken a DNA test through DNA websites, and it shows that they are considered to be a close relatives to me (grandmother, aunt, niece, etc). One of my aunts has daughters who have taken the test and they register as 1st cousins. My half sister took the test and it registers as 1st cousin (it might be a bit confusing since we had different mothers, it might see our relationship as a bit different from siblings).
    I recently paid for my little brother to take the DNA test (aside from his young sons, he is the last male descendant in our family). I’m waiting for the results but am anticipating they will return that we are siblings.

    With that information, I want to be able to bring it to a court as evidence… and hopefully get an order. I just don’t know how to bring it to court. Past attorneys have suggested I sue my dad’s estate in order to get the order (since the law is adversarial, it seems the only way they can think of a way to go to court is if there is a grievance between individuals). As you can imagine, since I love my little brother and sisters, i have NO DESIRE to bring a suit against people I love just so I can change my birth certificate… but I have wanted to change my birth certificate since 1980 and it is just continually frustrating that I don’t have a clear path for it. Any advice to get this to a court? Or referrals for an attorney in Connecticut who might have expertise in this area of the law? I also don’t want to pay a lawyer with no expertise in this area to get trained in the area and then tell me they can’t help me.

  275. My boyfriend and i want to get married but he has his mother’s maiden name as his last name. His father couldn’t make it to sign the birth certificate at the time so my boyfriend mother kept his name withher maiden last name. We want to get his father’s last name as his own last name before we get married. Who do we contact to get his last name changed so we can get married? Thank you!
    ho do

    1. Hello. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that originally issued his birth certificate. They may be able to tell you what steps need to be taken to amend his last name on hi birth certificate. It will more than likely require petitioning the court for a legal name change.

  276. Hi,

    I need to add a first name (current birth certificate does not have a name) and also the sex is wrong.
    How do I go about that. My son is 17 and born in Staten island NY

    Thanks

    1. Hello Samuel. Thanks for reaching out with your question. You will want to contact the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to find out what their exact procedure is for correcting or amending a certificate. Please click here to visit their page. Scroll down to the contact us section for information on where to call or email for corrections and amendments.

  277. I actually mix my mother’s maiden name with her first name. What can I do to fix that? Please help

    1. Hello Adelaide. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued the certificate to find out what their exact procedure is for correcting or amending a certificate.

  278. Hello. I need to have a non biological removed from my 1 year olds birth certificate and i have a paternity test proving who the biological father is. how would i go about this .

    1. Hello Kenzie. We suggest you contact the agency that issued your son’s birth certificate to find out what their procedure is for amending a birth certificate. It is possible you may have to present your paternity papers to the court and get a legal declaration to change the certificate.

  279. so, my birth certificate states that both my parents are Caucasian. That isn’t so, they are both native American Indian. Is there a way to have this corrected? What do I need to bring in (document/proof) to have this corrected. I am thinking their C.I.B (Certificate of Indian Blood). Would I need to come in person to the Office of Vital Records in LA, CA to begin the process? How long will this processing take? Any kind of information would help. If so, I plan to take a trip there in the near future. Thank you.

    1. Hello Julie Ann. If you were born in California, please click here to visit California Department of Public Health website. You will find more information about the process and contact information should you have further questions.

  280. HI. i was about to schedule my appointment for passport but the agency who supposedly will arrange the appointment details told me to fix my NSO. The Place of birth is my problem. it has a stamp of “OSPITAL NG MAYNILA” but they told me to change it to the address of the hospital. like for example (dasmarinas city, cavite).
    Do I really need to change it? actually this happen last 2 years ago, i just wanna try it again since at that time I’m on financial problem. do i still need to issue an supplementary report? because it would take a long process if its still the same as before.

    1. Hello Zashi. We recommend you contact the passport issuing agency to determine what their requirements are.

  281. Hi my son was accidentally born in Mexico and when my girlfriend went to Mexico to get his birth certificate they wouldn’t give my son my last name because I wasn’t present and due to me being on probation I couldn’t so they gave him her last name how can we change this because we want him to have my last name?

    1. Hello Chris. If your son’s birth certificate was issued by Mexico, you will need to contact the appropriate Mexican agency that handles vital records for more information on how to add your name to the record.

  282. Hello I have a question my mom’s date of birth is incorrect instead of been 1974 they have 1973 how can I fix this error on my birth certificate???

    1. Hello Diego. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally. They should be able to provide you with their requirements for correcting an error on the certificate.

  283. Hello, I am trying to figure out how to change my daughter’s last name to my maiden name. Her father was very abusive and made me use his last name for her last name. She is 8 months old. Her “dad” was there when she was born and for maybe a month after but has since disappeared. I’m not sure how to go about changing her name on her birth certificate since both parents aren’t available to do this. How can I fix this?

    1. Thank you for your question Haley. The best way to find out how to make this change is to contact the vital record office that issued your daughter’s birth certificate. They will be able to provide you their exact requirements for making such a change, including what documents may be necessary in your situation. Best regards.

  284. Hi, My daughter was born in the USA, Houston, Texas to be exact. Her father is from French Guiana, but on her birth certificate they have his birth place as Ghana. How do I go about getting that corrected? I have been getting the run around from the hospital where she was born and I have made plenty of phone calls. Her father for some reason, doesn’t have a birthcertificate, He gave me a copy of his Certificate of Naturalization. Can I mail that in to the Vital Statisitics Unit Department Of State Health Services to have it changed or do they need an Apostille since he was not born in the USA?

    1. Thank you for your question. If you need to make any changes to your daughter’s birth certificate, please contact the vital records office in Houston that issued the record originally. They can provide you with information about the steps you will need to take to correct theinfomation on her birth certificate.

  285. Hi. So long story short when my mother became a USA citizen she removed her middle name so my birth certificate has her wit her middle name and her passport and ID don’t. So now that I am trying to get dual citizenship they tell me her name does not match and that legally she is not my mother and that i need to change it on my birth certificate. How can i do that?

    1. Hello Sonia. Sorry to hear about your predicament. Requirements for amending a birth certificate may vary from state to state so we suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally. They should be able to tell you the steps you will need to take to remove your mother’s middle name from your birth certificate. Best wishes.

      1. Amending a birth certificate is what i need to do then?

        1. Yes, Sonia. The vital Records agency should be able to tell you the next steps.

  286. In 1990 we changed our sons middle name. we have the ssn card but the birth cert. cannot be found. when we
    got a copy it it came back with the wrong original middle name. He needs a passport for his honeymoon. We need
    this problem corrected asap. what should I do first?

    1. Hello Rene. Thank you for reaching out with your question. You or your son will need to contact the vital record agency that issued his birth certificate to find out what their procedure is for amending/correcting a birth certificate and if the process can be rushed based on his impending travel plans.

  287. Thank you for your fast reply.

    1. You’re welcome. I hope they will be able to provide a prompt solution for your situation.

  288. My mother did not list my father on my birth certificate, so I had her maiden name. When I was 8 months old she married
    and her husband adopted me, giving me his last name. They divorced when I was 4.
    When I was 9 I was told about my real father. I am 51 years old and we are very close. I want his name on my birth certificate
    is this possible?

    1. Hello Lynn. Thanks for reaching out with your question. It is possible you will have to petition the court and provide proof of paternity in order to add you biological father’s name to your birth certificate. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate. They should be able to tell you the steps you will need to take to amend your birth certificate to include your father’s name.

  289. Hi,

    I have 2 months Old Baby. We got the Birth Certificate.3 weeks ago. My name is Jaykumar. All my document i mention
    Jaykumar. But my baby’s birth certificate i mention Jay instead of Jaykumar. So i applied for my baby;s Passport and i got
    the error like printing name in the application is not legal gurdian. So i want to know what to do with this situation?
    If i need to change my name in birth certificate what i need to do?

    Please reply me ASAP.

    Regards,
    Jay

    1. Hello Jay. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Requirements for correcting information on a birth certificate may vary from agency to agency but some may only require you to fill out paperwork if the child is under a certain age. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your baby’s birth certificate for more information.

      1. Hi Larrisha,

        Thanks for your responce.

        I already fill out the vs 170 and vs 142 form 25 days ago to correct my name on my daughter’s birth certificate. But i just them today and they said your application is rejected because we need court order to change name. So What i need to? What is the court order procedure?

        1. Hello Jay. You can start the process by going to your local county courthouse or searching your state government website for the required forms. Usually you must file your petition for change of name in your county of residence.

  290. My step daughter and I are co-parenting my 5 year old grandson. Is there a way to take the father’s name off the birth certificate and add mine. He is one of those father’s that is shady, six other kids and I’m raising fisrt born with no hesitation.

    1. Hello Tonya. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the vital record office that issued your grandson’s birth certificate to determine if the amendment you are requesting is possible. It is possible you will be required to go through the court system to petition for such a change. We wish you the best.

  291. my name is Rajana jayakumar. My hus name is Safeer AK .We had an intercaste marriage.We had a son and named him as Mohammed sanjid. now he is studying in 8 th and he doesnt want Mohammed in front of Sanjid.We also have that opinion.can we change the name

    1. Hello Rajana. Thanks for reaching out with your question regarding changing your son’s name. Each vital records agency may have different procedures for amending a birth certificate. We suggest you contact the agency that issued your son’s original birth certificate to determine their requirements for changing his name on his birth certificate. It is possible you will have to petition the court for a legal name change.

  292. Hello Jesalee. We are sorry to hear that your son’s name was recorder incorrectly on his birth certificate. Please click here to visit the Texas Health and Human Services page for more information on amending a Texas birth certificate.

  293. Comment
    Hello am Hilda my child name is wrongly spelt its written Chekemboi instead of Chepkemboi can it be corrected

    1. Hello Hilda. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your child’s birth certificate to determine what their requirements are for correcting/amending a birth certificate.

  294. I am 28 years old born in nj and need to add my dad last name, what process and document need to follow to complete this change.

    1. Hello John. Thanks for reaching out with your question about amending your birth certificate. We suggest you click here to visit the NJ Department of Health webpage for more information on how to proceed.

  295. Hello,

    My middle name has an error which causes a delay in my passport application. I went to the local civil registrar and found out that the apointed person has been resign and no one to handle this annotation. Is there any way I can correct this?

    1. Hello Arnil. Depending on what state you were born in, you may be able to contact the state vital records office rather than the local one to request a correction be made to your birth certificate.

  296. We are trying to get an error corrected on our son’s birth certificate. He is erroneously listed as a “Female” instead of a “Male”. We submitted the necessary forms to Vital Records Registry and are being told it will take 8 to 12 weeks for this correction to be made. Why does it take this long? We had to return the original and only have a copy for our records.

    1. Hello Cameron. The time frame to receive an amended birth certificate may vary from state to state and may be affected by a number of factors. We recommend that you check with the vital records amendments and corrections office in the area where the certificate will be corrected to determine their processing time. If you are in a rush, be sure to ask if they can provide expedited service.

  297. I need to get my dads name corrected on my birth certificate. It is spelled wrong on my paperwork.
    Who do i send the documents to and where? I’ve already submitted this once and have not received any answers.
    I sent a check when I mailed it. I’m afraid its been lost!!

    1. Hello Leslie. Thanks for reaching out with your question about correcting your Dad’s name on his birth certificate. Each state has their own guidelines for amending/correcting vital records so you will need to contact the vital records agency in the state where your dad was born for more information.

  298. I live in NJ and was born in NYC. I have a court order from NJ for my name change. When talking
    to vital records in NYC I was told the court order must have my “certificate number” and “place of birth”.
    My court order does not state either of these things. My court order was good enough to change every
    thing else, except to get me a corrected birth certificate from NYC. Seems like I’m caught in a
    bureaucratic nightmare between NJ and NYC. What can I do to get my birth certificate corrected?
    Why isn’t a certified court order from NJ enough for NYC?

    1. We are sorry to hear about your predicament. Each vital record agency may have their own requirements for amending a birth certificate or other vital record. It appears NYC’s requirements may be more stringent than other states. You may have to contact the NJ Court to see if they can adjust your court order to include the certificate number and your place of birth.

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