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How to Change or Modify Your Birth Certificate

Our birth certificates are one of the most important certified documents we’ll ever obtain. Not only does it prove our age, but it proves our identity, citizenship, and location of birth. We need our birth certificates to get numerous different legal documents including passports, but it’s also used as a form of ID when being hired for a new job, enrolled in school, or signed up for any military division. It’s not uncommon that when you first view your birth certificate, whether the original or a certified copy, you’ll find that there is an error or other kind of mistake. In these cases, it’s imperative that you are able to change or modify your birth certificate to reflect all of the pertinent details that identify who you are.

Some reasons you may need to change or modify your birth certificate include changing your birth certificate age or changing the birth certificate date. These are mistakes that can happen to anyone, and are relatively easy to rectify. Simply contacting the vital records department that was responsible for issuing the original certificate will get you the information you need to proceed.

When it comes to changing a birth certificate after a name change or after adoption, the process is a little more involved. If the individual is under 1 year of age, you may be able to submit paperwork allowing you to change your child’s name without a court order. Each state’s regulations will vary. If you’re over 1 year of age and your name change is not due to marriage, you may be required to have a court order to successfully change your name. This just means you’ll be required to prove who you are, and in most cases you’ll have to include why you’ve decided to rename yourself.

If you’ve been married and you’re concerned about a change of birth certificate after marriage, you don’t need to be as concerned. A name change due to marriage doesn’t require a legal name change on your birth certificate.

If you are required to get a court order to legally change or modify your birth certificate you’ll need to follow these steps:

  • Contact the office of the court that handles name changes local to you. Fill out and submit a petition for a change of name with the correct office.
  • On your court date, appear in front of the judge and let them know why you wish to change your name. The judge may approve or deny your request. If your request is approved you’ll receive a certified order stating you are allowed to use the name you petitioned for.
  • Contact the vital records office responsible for issuing your original birth certificate. Inquire as to what documentation they need to issue you a new birth certificate with your new legal name. This documentation may be an application and fees may be associated.
  • When you mail in your application, you’ll want to include a certified copy of your old birth certificate, a certified copy of your name change order, and any associated fees you are required to pay.

If you’re looking for a replacement birth or marriage certificate to help you with processing any modifications, you can order a certified copy of vital records at Vitalchek.com.

290 Comments

  1. To Whom it May Concern:
    I changed the spelling of my first name in College to reflect the spelling my mother wanted originally. I was told at the time I only needed to file an “aka” paper and begin using the name. My social security card and my passport have the spelling from my birth certificate. My driver’s license, marriage license, and teaching credential have my correct spelling. I do not reside in the state in which I was born. Do I change my name in my home state first, then my birth certificate? What about my passport and social security card?
    Thank you.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      If you are wanting to change your name on your birth certificate you will have to have a legal name change done. Once that is complete you can contact the amendments and corrections department in the state that you were born and they will assist you in making this change. Once your birth certificate is changed then you will need to change your social security card, following that your I.D./driver license. Once you have your I.D./driver licenses changed you can then change your passport. If you need assistance locating the number to the vital records corrections and amendments department in the state you were born please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you with looking that information up.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

    2. When I was born they put my fathers last name then my mothers I do not use my mothers last name how do I drop it on my birth paper??
      Also my sisters birth certicate they have opposite my mothers last name then my fathers and we would like to drop my mothers name from it
      anyone know the answer

      1. Hello Diane. Thanks for reaching out with your question.. We suggest that you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally to determine their procedure for amending a birth certificate. It is possible you may have to seek a legal name change through the court system before amending your birth certificate. Also keep in mind that, should you change your name on your birth certificate, you will want to make sure that your other pertinent identification documents such as your social security card, driver’s license, passport, etc match your name on your birth certificate.

    3. Hello I’m so confused! When I was born my mother was divorced but had not changed her name. She gave me my father’s last name. About 3 years after I was born and my father wasn’t contributing to any part of taking care of me, my mom went to court to get my name changed to her last name. I still have his name as well. It’s hyphenated. Ok I have a Court document showing what my name supposed to be. However, whenever I need to do something with a pass port, Social Security, or any other government thing I get the run around. Recently I tried to get a copy of my birth certificate and all of the information I entered was incorrect. It shouldn’t be. What can I do when all these years the county and State I lived in made the error? I don’t know who I am at this point. I’m so mad!

      1. Hello. We are sorry to hear about all the confusion concerning your name. When your Mom had your name legally changed, she should have also had your birth certificate amended to reflect your new name. If this was not done, it could be the reason for all the confusion now. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally for more information on how to go about amending your birth certificate so your name matches the documents from the court. We wish you the best in getting this straightened out.

  2. I need to correct/change a spelling mistake on my birth certificate. It’s only one letter in my first name I need to fix. Will this involve a court order? What do I do? I have called the vitals records correction but they seem to be busy. Is there another way I can contact vital records to fix only a one letter spelling error? by mail? phone? do I have to fill out a form of some kind? I really need help. I just want this issue done and over with. Hopefully quick and simple.

    1. Hello Cecilia and thank you for your question – You would need to contact the Vital Records amendments and corrections department in the state you were born. I will be more than happy to assist you in locating the contact information for that office if you would like to reply back with the state?
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  3. Hello,

    I would like to change my baby’s last name. He currently has his fathers last name but I would like to change it to my last name. My son will turn one in August and it just has not worked out between his father and I. I have been paying basically for everything. doctors visit, copays, food, all the necessities that he requires and more. He is on my insurance and I just want my son to have my last name. Is this something that is possible? Does the father need to be present if I have to go to court? Can you please help me?
    thank you.

    1. Good morning Gladys and thank you for your questions. To make a change to your child’s birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records amendments and corrections department within the state your child was born. There are different requirements and processes for each state when it comes to changing a child’s name. It can also vary by the reason for the change. If you need assistance locating the contact information for that office please feel free to reply back and we’ll be happy to assist you in looking it up.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  4. i want to change my middle name because in my birth certificate it was Estornina but the right is Estonina .. what would be the process. because it is so important because I want to travel abroad . Thank u

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      If you need to make a correction to your birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records corrections and amendments department in the state that you were born. They will be able to assist you making this correction. If you need assistance locating the contact information for this specific location please let us know and we’ll be happy to help in looking it up.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  5. hi, i want to correct my last name because is wrong my name is Stephanie Chavez Loya but in my birth certificate is Stephanie Loya Chavez…. Loya is like my middle name. in my birth certificate is wrong but in my social security card is correct. i had a daugther and shes camila Loya too so i need to change it too. we were born in california do i need to go there to fix it? can you help me? thanks

    1. Hello Stephanie and thank you for your question.
      Yes, you will need to contact the amendments and corrections department in the California Vital Records office. They will be able to assist you in making these corrections. If you need help locating the contact information for that location please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  6. Can you please give me office info. for amendments and corrections department in the Texas vital records office..I would like to change my sons last name from the name of his fathers last name to mine an also his middle name different we were not married and no dna testing was done just signing of acknowledgment of paternity was signed please help.

    1. Good morning Nicole,
      Here is the contact number for the Texas Department of State Health Services 1-888-963-7111 they will be able to get you started in the right directions and answer any questions you may have regarding this. Hopefully this information will be helpful. If you need anything further please let us know.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  7. hi my dad has three names 2 fornames and his surname and the fornames are the other way around on birth certificate to what all his mail comes in what do we do

    1. Thank you for your question. Typically, the name shown on a person’s birth certificate is considered the legal form of an individual’s name. However, many people may use a different variation of that name in their everyday life, including receiving mail, etc. If the name on the birth certificate is incorrect, then you will want to contact the vital record agency that issued the certificate to make the correction(s) necessary. Thank you.

  8. My daughter has a certified copy of her corrected birth certificate from TX. When they corrected the last name (to reflect her father’s name), they failed to put the hospital name. The US Dept of State is now claiming she has had a “non-institutional” birth and must provide proof of her birth, residence, etc. Is there any way to get a copy of the original birth certificate (with all the original information?) Much thx in advance

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.

      Most certified birth certificates do not list the hospital of birth.You can contact the Texas Vital records office directly and ask them what they may be able to provide to suffice the US Department of State (888) 963-7111.

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  9. Good morning.

    My son’s birth certificate has the compleate incorrect information on the mother’s omformation, he is 18 years old now and need to request his drivers licence and we dont want go to DMV because we want to correct my name on his birth certificate first.
    He was born in CA. and we dont know what is the best way to do it.

    Your soonest repply will be greatly apprecieted.

    Regards,

    1. Hello Karla and thank you for your questions.

      To correct his certificate he can contact the corrections and amendments department for the state of California. Here is a link to the states website regarding this subject http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CorrectingorAmendingVitalRecords.aspx .
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  10. I am 29 and my step father has been my dad since I was 2 years of age I want to remove my bio dad name from my birth certificate and put my step fathers is that possible and if so how

    1. Thanks for the question. In most cases, changing an identified parent on a birth certificate typically requires legal documentation granting such a change, such as a court order, decree, or formal adoption paperwork undertaken by a step parent. The best thing to do is to check with the vital record agency that issued your birth certificate to find out what changes they allow and what documentation may be required for any requested changes. Hope that helps. Thanks you.

      1. My son has the same situation. And so even thought he is 34 years old. Can my husband adopt him at his age? or can he just change his last name?. But in my case my son already has my husband’s name on his SS, DL, Passport, etc. It’s only his birth certificate that has his bio father’s last name.

        1. Hello Patricia. Requirements for amending a birth certificate may differ from state to state so we suggest you contact the vital records office in the area where your son was born to obtain more information about how to amend his last name on his birth certificate.

  11. I trying to find out how to get the spelling of a middle name changed on my daughters birth certificate. I only need to add 1 letter to it. Can you give some advice or the right place to go to. I am in Baton Rouge La area.

    1. Thank you for your question. If your daughter was born in Louisiana, they have spelled out all the various methods to amend a certificate and what documentation would be needed on their website: http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/696. If your daughter was born in another state, you’ll need to contact that state directly to determine their amendment methods and documentation, as each state may have differing requirements. We hope this helps. Thank you.

  12. My daughter is unable to get passport because when she was 6 years old we legally changed her name from her birth name to the last name of my new husband. her father would not allow her to be adopted. He would only allow the name change in exchange for paying no child support. All of this was initiated and filed by him. He lived in a different county than we did. Now he has deceased and we have called every county we have lived in to try to find where these records are. They did send us the papers telling us this had been done in August of 1984. From first grade on she used her new name. We must have had the documents at that time or the school district would not have rolled her under her new last name. Now she is married and it shows her married name and the new name we gave her but her birth certificate still shows her original last name. They will not give her a passport unless she can produce facts showing why her name changed from one to the othe. We don’t have those records. How do we find out where these records were filed and how to get a copy of them so she can get a passport. The schools she attended back then have no record of it. They say they don’t keep records that long.
    Thanks for your help,
    Debbie

    1. Thank you for you question. You are correct in that the passport office will require documentation showing any legal name change before they will issue an individual’s passport. Given your situation, it sounds like you may need to contact the court system either in the county where the name change documents were filed, or perhaps at the State, to obtain a copy of those documents. Perhaps the vital record agency that issued the original birth certificate may be able to assist you, as they may have been notified about the legal change when it occurred. Thank you, and we hope this is helpful for you.

  13. Goodmorning.

    I want to get my last name changed. When I was born, my last name was Mendez which is my mom’s maiden name and as I turned 8, it was changed to my father’s last name which is Pineda. They only changed it on my birth certificate and not on my social so when I joined the military, they went by my social and not my birth certificate. In the military and my job and everyone who knows me my name is Alondra Mendez, but legally it’s pineda. Well now I’m having some issues at the dmv and trying to get and ID and driver’s license because my social and birth certificate don’t exactly match. What do I need to get it changed back to Mendez? Is it a long process? Does it cost a lot?

    Thank you.

    1. Hello Alondra and thank you for your question. You have two options to rectify the discrepancies between your birth certificate and your social security card. The first option, which will likely be less expensive and less time consuming, would be to contact the Social Security Administration to apply to change your name on your social security card to match that which is on your birth certificate. The second option would involve legally changing your name back to Mendez and would require you to contact the court system where the original name change took place. They should be able to offer you guidance and provide information regarding the fees and time frame involved.

  14. good day po… ask ko lang po kung ano po ang kailangan kung gawin sa problema ko. iyong birth certificate ko po eh correct naman po iyong spelling kaso nang kumuha po ako ng NSO copy iyong isang letter ng middle name ko ay mali. iyong dapat na I ay naging E. ano po ba ang dapat na gawin ko? please help me po. thank you in advance…

    1. Hello Rose Ann. We apologize but we do not understand what you are asking. Can you please repost your question or email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com so we may assist you? Thanks!

  15. Hello I’ve been having a ongoing battle with getting my birth certificate for years at first vital records simply said they don’t have any records of my name this was prior to me turning 18 a couple years later they found records of my birth actually two different certificates both with different birth dates but by this time I cant get my corrections changed because I have no I.d to get it notarized also instead of my name its says baby boy downs other then my correct name Joshua what should I do to have these probably handled

    1. Hello Joshua. We’re sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing with regards to obtaining your birth certificates. We recommend that you contact Vital Records again in the city and state where you were born as they are the ones who should be able to guide you through the process of getting your birth certificate corrected. Find out if they can accept alternate forms of documentation to verify your identity such as school or work ID, utility bills etc. We wish you luck in this endeavor.

  16. Hi,

    I would like to change my name down to a shorter nickname. I was born in Georgia but I currently reside in California and have never been back to Georgia since leaving at 1 year old. How would I go about this?

    Thanks

    1. Hello Alex. Thank you for your question. If you want to legally change your name, we recommend you visit http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-namechange.htm for more information. Once you receive your legal decree of name change, you can proceed with changing your other documents such as your birth certificate, social security card, and other government-issued identification like your passport or driver’s license. To change your birth certificate, you will need to contact the Vital Records Amendments agency in Georgia for further guidance.

  17. What steps would we have to take to correct my husbands name. When he was 10 yrs old his father passed away in an oilfield accident and the lawyers had his named changed which they took off his middle name and left his mothers maiden name added his fathers last name. They also never changed his ss# and we are having a lot of trouble trying to straighten it out. What can or needs to be done?

    1. Hello Marcy. We recommend that your husband contact the amendments and corrections department of the vital records office responsible for issuing his original birth certificate. Inquire as to what steps to follow in order to obtain corrected birth certificate. It is possible he may be required to get a court order to legally change or modify his name on his birth certificate. In this case, he will need to contact the office of the court that handles name changes and then fill out and submit a petition for a change of name with the correct office.

  18. 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.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.

  19. There are a couple minor errors on my daughter’s birth certificate that I would like to have fixed. Her father’s age is incorrect. He is two years younger than me but the certificate shows that we are the same age. When we met he was lying about his age and he is still doing it.

    Also, the time of birth is incorrect. The certificate says she was born at 4:56 AM which is absolutely wrong. She was actually born at 1:01 PM.

    Please advise me on how to fix these errors.

    Thanks.

    1. Hello Tawanna. Thank you for your question. Since many states have different requirements for correcting a birth certificate, we recommend that you contact the Vital Records Corrections and Amendments office in the city where your daughter was born. They should be able to tell you the steps you will need to take.

  20. Hello,

    I was born outside of the U.S in Thailand. I have the original copy of my birth certificate and it’s written in Thai. When we came to the U.S, my uncle mistakenly entered the year 1999 as my birth year, but my real birth year was 1996. It’s been 10 years now and I’m legally 17, however, I’m actually 20. Who should I approach this situation to? I know that the form 565 will be the form I’ll have to fill out, nonetheless, I don’t know where to obtain a court order or state-issued change.

    Thank,
    Kang

    1. Hello Kang. Thanks for reaching out. If you are looking to correct an error on your U.S. documentation, we recommend you contact the U.S. Department of State. (https://www.state.gov/index.htm). Otherwise, you could contact the Thai embassy for guidance.

  21. My original birth certificate, shows my first name spelled “Jo-Ann”. I have always hated that spelling and began using “Joanne”, as the spelling of my first name, since grade-school. When I became old enough, I got my driver’s license, in the spelling of “Joanne”. When I got married: the city-issued marriage certificate, shows “Joanne”. My replacement SS card: shows “Joanne” and my married last name. Since I am Catholic; all certificates (Baptism, Confirmation (which added a middle name), Marriage) all maintain the first name spelling of “Jo Ann”. I want to get a Passport, with the first-name spelling: “Joanne” and my married last name. Of course, my original passport (issued around age 10) has “Jo Ann”, on it and my maiden name. I have already been told that I must LEGALLY change my name, with the Supreme Court! But, will that undo my legally married name? How do I fill out the forms, in regards to “present” name: if my driver’s license already shows the name I want to continue to use? My middle name that I received in Confirmation, I use the initial in all my affairs. I just want my birth certificate, to show the spelling of my first name, the way i have been using it, my whole life (since grade school) I do not want the middle name added to the birth certificate, because that is NOT how my life happened. Please advise on what I should enter as “present full name” and “change name to” fields, I don’t want my married last name on my birth certificate. Thank You

    1. Hello Joanne. Thank you for your question. State have varying guidelines regarding making amendments and/or corrections to vital records. We suggest you contact the Amendments and corrections office of Vital Records in the area where you were born for guidance on how to legally change your name on your birth certificate.

  22. Hello,
    My boyfriend’s birth certificate and SS card are different. The SS card has Salinas as his last name (which is correct), but on his birth certificate Salinas is his middle name and his last name is Lopez (his mother’s maiden name). We got a lawyer to do the legal name change on the birth certificate. We got the court order for the approval of the name change on his birth certificate. What all does he have to do to get a new birth certificate with the correct name? Because he wants to go and get all his information changed at the bank, his DL, work, get his TWIC card, passport and report it to the credit bureaus since he has a lot of issues for credit due to the two different last names. He was born is Pasadena, Tx.

    Thank you!!

    1. Hello Jessie. Thank you for reaching out to us. Since you already have the court order approving the name change, we recommend you contact the vital records office in Pasedena, TX for more information on how to proceed.

  23. Hello,

    I reside in Texas but born in Hawaii. I was always told my 1st name had two N’s, but after getting my birth certificate when I was older it only had 1 N. All my documents, passport, SS card, DL, college, school, work, everything show two N’s, the only thing showing 1 N is my birth certificate. Do I need to do a name change? If so, what state?

    I am 62 now and have used two N’s all my life.
    Thank you

    1. Thank you for your question. If you wish to have your birth certificate match all your other identity documentation, with 2 N’s in your name, then the best thing would be to contact the Hawaii Vital Records office (where you were born) and ask about making that change. They will be able to provide you with the proper instructions and information needed to make such a change. This would be the recommended way to handle your situation, as more often renewals of identity documents (like driver’s licenses, passports, etc.) may require a copy of your birth certificate. We hope this has been helpful for you.

  24. What do I need to do to correct my son’s last name in his birth certificate?

    1. Hello Alicia. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Each state may have different guidelines on how to correct a name on a birth certificate. We suggest you contact the amendments and corrections department of the vital records agency in the state where your son was born for further guidance.

  25. I have changed my name via court order due to domestic violence and identity theft. The court has sealed the name change because of that so it was not publicized in papers. The department of vitals says they either amend or change the name. I do not need it amended I need it CHANGED completely no longer listing my old name. Will this be a problem with the official court name change papers given to them? This is NYC.

    1. Thank you for your question. As long as you have the appropriate court documents showing the change in name, changing your birth certificate with the vital records office in the city or state where you were born should be no problem. They may require additional documentation, but the agency will be able to provide you all the specific details for your situation. Thank you and best of luck.

  26. Hi I have my name spelt in birth certificate as karlas and each and every document right from my school results till my graduation as Karl and also all government document such as aadhar card, license, nationality certificate as karl.
    Will I still be able to get passport as my name is spelt wrong in birth certificate.

    1. Great question Karl, thank you. Your name on your birth certificate will need to match the name on your other documents in order to apply for a Passport. The best thing to do is to contact the vital record agency that issued your birth certificate and ask about making a correction to your birth certificate for the spelling of your name. They will provide you specific instructions and any documentation they will need in order to assist you with that change. Once you have the corrected certificate that matches your other documents and ID, you should be able to apply for your Passport without issues. Thank you and best of luck.

  27. In my Daughter’s birth certificate name as Nihala.T.P. In her passport and aadhar card name as Nihala Thiruthikkattu pulakkal(as my name in passport). I want to change my daughter’s name as Nihala thiruthikkattu pulakkal. How I can change.

    1. Good morning, Nabeel. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Each state has different regulations regarding changing a name on a birth certificate. Some states will allow for changes to the birth certificate without a court order if your child under a certain age (usually a year old). We suggest you contact the Amendments and Corrections Department of the vital records office in the city/state/county where your daughter was born for more information on how to proceed with the name correction. Hope this was helpful.

  28. Hi so my name on my birth certificate is young gi go, with gi as my middle name. In school however I have accidentally putting young gi as my full first name for all my official exams and forms. will that affect me for the college process?

    1. Good morning, Christine. There is always a possibility that the name discrepancies could cause you enrollment issues in the future. We suggest you reach out to a school guidance counselor or dean – someone who assists students with college preparation- who may have more insight as to whether this name discrepancy will be a problem for you. It is possible to amend your name on your birth certificate but it may require a court order to do so. We hope you are able to find out more information on this subject.

  29. Hi my name is daniel gonzalez i had a question how can i change my son’s last name to my last name see what happened was i wasnt present at the time of his birth because i lived in a different state and wasnt able to make it on time so papers where signed but since i wasnt there to sign the paper work they put my ex wifes last name im not sure if my wife at the time had anything to do with them not putting my last name or i had to be there to sign

    1. Hello Daniel. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Some states allow for changes to a birth certificate if the request is made before the child is a certain age (usually one year or less) If your son is older, it is possible the process could require proof of paternity if necessary and a court order. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the area where your son was born for guidance on how to proceed.

  30. My husband and I were going to be traveling outside of the US and wanted to get a copy of his birth certificate but when we applied for the certificate it came back that this person was unknown We have found out recently that his birthdate is incorrect. His mom has died and his dad lives in another state and he cannot confirm the birthdate. How do we fix his date on the birth certficate and get a copy. Does his father have to fill out an affidavit?any guidance on this would help. We are scared that his dad may pass and then what do we do??

    1. We sorry to hear you are having difficulties obtaining your husband’s birth certificate. Please have your husband contact us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com with the information regarding this situation and we’ll do our best to assist you. Depending on what state he was born in, it might be possible for the vital records agency to do a search on a small range of dates rather that one specific date.

  31. Hi my. And is Joseph I live in NYC I just learned my DOB is one day off on my birth certificate as I was applying for it to go on a cruise was successful on changing my first name as it appears on all my documents but they say my dob does not agree with the birth certificate and i they wouldn’t relase it back to me needless to say I lost the cruise and the money What documents would be sufficient to correct the DOB the hospital said they have no records from almost 70 years ago can I use my drivers license and Vietnam military papers what else would I need thanks Joseph

    1. Hello Joseph. We’re sorry to hear about the problems you are having with conflicting birth dates. We suggest you contact NYC Vital Records to find out what steps you will need to take and what documentation you will need to provide in order to change your documents so that they all list the same birth date.

  32. My fiancé and I are going on a trip and need passports however he had his last name changed from his dads to his moms when he was little. He believes it was under the age of 2. She doesn’t have any proof of this name change as it was many years ago. How do we get proof of it and how long will it take. Also if he ordered a new birth certificate will his new last name be on it?

    1. Thank you for your question Destiny. In order to request a change of name on something as critical as a birth certificate, specific legal proof of the change will be required by the agency responsible for issuing that certificate. In lieu of legal court documentation showing the change of name, some agencies may accept school records or other similar documentation if available. Check with the specific agency first as they will be able to let you know what information they require. Thank you, and Best Regards.

  33. Hello! I had kind of a weird question: to continue a family tradition within the females on my mother’s side, I want to add a name to my middle name (I want to keep my original middle name, but add this other name to keep the tradition going!). How might I proceed in doing this? I don’t want to “exchange” the middle names, just add to it (so I would have 2 middle names legally).

    I’m in North Carolina by the way!

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    1. Hello Jennifer. What a lovely family tradition! Each state may determine their own requirements for making a change to a birth certificate or other vital record. We suggest you contact the amendments and corrections department of the vital records agency in the city/state where you were born. They should be able to provide you with information regarding the steps you will need to amend your name on your birth certificate. We wish you the best.

  34. Is it possible to change the parents name on the birth certificate. My niece was adopted and her new parents want to put their name on the birth certificate and also add their last name for the child. The child is now 8 yrs old.

    1. Hello Sharon. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. If your niece was legally adopted in the United States, a new birth certificate should have been issued at the time of the adoption with the new parents names listed and the child’s last name changed accordingly.

  35. Hello,
    I would like to change my last name on my birth certificate, but also take my husband’s last name. For example the name on my birth certificate is Jessica Gonzalez. I would like to change my last name on my birth certificate to my mother’s, Rodriguez. However I would like to still take my husband’s last name by hyphenating it with what would be my new last name on my birth certificate. Is that possible? I was married to my husband as Jessica Gonzalez and have not taken his last name yet. I would like to be Jessica Rodriguez-Hamilton for social security and all other documents, but Jessica Rodriguez on my birth certificate.

    1. Hello Jessica and thank you for your question.
      Each state may have different guidelines for amending a birth certificate so we suggest you contact the vital records amendments and corrections department in the state where you were born for guidance. If you need assistance locating that phone number please reply back with your city/state of birth and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  36. Hello I’m trying to get Sr. put on my birth certificate so that I can change all my other documents with
    Sr. behind my name. How do I go by doing so?

    1. Hello. Thanks for reaching out with your question. The requirements may vary from state to state so you will need to contact the Vital Records agency in the city/state where you were born to find out their specific requirements are for amending a birth certificate.

  37. Hello
    My first name is misspelled by 1 letter in my birth certificate & I need to correct it in order to get a state ID, How do I go about that in NYC? Also, can I just fax in the required documents (if any) so that I don’t have to travel all the way downtown?

    1. Hello Millie. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. For questions about correcting or amending a birth or death certificate, you will need to call New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Corrections and Amendments Unit at 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. For more information, please click here to visit their website.

  38. Hello my name is Stephanie Brown
    What do i need to do to fix this dark cloud over my head ???
    i DO have my birth certicate ( With the original seal )
    but instead of my first name on it it says Female INSTEAD of Stephanie
    my social sercurity cards is correct it says Stephanie Brown
    Im in desperate NEED of a photo ID and without my name being on my birth certificate i cant get a photo ID , Nor can I get a Job
    Nor can i get a bank account , nor can i get apartment PLEASE HELP

    1. Hello Stephanie. We are sorry to hear about your predicament. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally (in the city/state where you were born) They should be able to advise you on the steps you will need to take to amend your birth certificate to include your first name.

  39. Hi I just noticed my son birth certificate was wrong his gender said his female. How to correct this what to do. Thanks

    1. Hello Lareina. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. There are different requirements and processes for each state when it comes to changing/correcting information on a birth certificate so you will need to contact the vital records amendments and corrections department in the state where your son was born. They should be able to guide you through the process of correcting the gender notation on his birth certificate.

  40. My son was born 2016 but the gender was put wrong.
    I send it out a form so they can correct the
    error. But they ony put an amendments at the
    bottom of the birth certificate . what can i do so they can change
    so the can just change the gender and not but
    the whole amendment at the bottom of
    the certificate. In texas

    1. Thank you for your question Maria. The best thing to do in your situation is to contact the agency that issued your son’s birth certificate and ask them about the process to make the change needed. They will be able to advise you about what steps to take next. Thank you.

  41. I’ve been trying to find information on how to change the “sex” on a birth certificate, but only name change appears. Was told a court order was needed. I already had a court order for a name change and I’m legally going by that name and the “sex” I want on my birth certificate. My birth certificate is from Texas, but I live in NY. Someone from the Texas County Clerk said I could get a court order in NY for TX, but wasn’t told how. I can’t find any information on how to.

    1. Thank you for your question. Unfortunately this is beyond our ability to provide any direct assistance; however, we do suggest working with the state that issued your birth certificate directly. Since every state has unique requirements for making changes to birth certificates, they should be able to advise you on exactly what documentation is needed to make the change you are requesting. You may also need assistance from a legal professional or agency that can assist you to navigate the process of obtaining any legal documentation that may be necessary – like a court order or similar. Best regards.

  42. Im in need of assisitance on how to proceed with changing the “sex” on my daughters birth certificate,since it says that she’s a male.

    1. Hello Gerardo. Thanks for reaching out top us with your question. Since every state has unique requirements for making changes to birth certificates, we suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued the birth certificate directly. They should be able to advise you on what steps you will need to take to correct your daughter’s birth certificate.

  43. I would like to add a middle name to my son’s name.he is 11 months old.whats the procedure for it?where do i get the details for the procedure and the documents needed to make the addition to his name. I am from California.

    1. Hello Swan. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Since every state has unique requirements for making changes to birth certificates, we suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your son’s birth certificate directly. They should be able to advise you on what steps you will need to take to make the change. You can also find out more information by clicking here to visit California Department of Public Health’s website. Under Birth Registration, click the “Affidavit to Amend a Birth Record” link. Hope this information is helpful.

  44. I’m currently in the process of ordering both of my daughter’s birth certificates to get their passports and take them on vacation with me to Mexico at the end of this year. The problem is that for my youngest daughter’s medical records at the time of birth I forgot to add my maiden name, so only my boyfriend’s last name shows up on her records and SS card. What I’d like to know is if it would be possible for me to just add my last name onto her birth certificate alongside her dads (I’m not trying to remove his last name).
    The only reason I want my last name on there as well is that, as I mentioned, I’ll be taking them out of the country for a week and I’m not sure if it would be an issue if my last name isn’t on her passport or birth certificate.

    1. Hello Melisa and thanks for your inquiry. Since every state has unique requirements for making changes to birth certificates, we suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your daughter’s birth certificate directly. They should be able to advise you on what steps you will need to take to add your maiden name to her birth certificate.

  45. hi my daugther is 4years old.and i am from africa am staing in a country called namibia,and i want to get married and my fiance wants to adopt my daugther and on her birth certificate is only my name that is on it the real father did’nt sign on it and he even don’t know how she look like and the time when i was pregant is the time when me and my fiance met.and he was from day one in her life.and he even took her as her own and my daugther loves him very much and my fiance also loves her very much,but now he wants to adopt her. can you please tell me what can i do

    1. Hello Stephanie. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. We suggest you contact someone who handles legal adoptions to determine what steps your fiancé will need to take to legally adopt your daughter.

  46. Where do I find the form to do a legal name change on a birth certificate? How much does it cost?.. Thank you.. Alison

    1. Hello Allison. We appreciate your question. Each state may have different requirements for amending a birth certificate. You will need to contact the Vital Records Agency that originally issued the birth certificate for more information on how to make a legal name change.

  47. Hi,
    My Daughter’s Birth Certificate the Father of child and Mother of child State of Birth we write down Country Name. Can you please tell me what can I do? Thanks!

    1. Hell Nimesh. Thank you for your question.If you need to make a correction to your daughter’s birth certificate you will need to contact the vital records corrections and amendments department in the state where she was born. They should be able to assist you with making a correction. If you need assistance locating the contact information for this specific location please let us know and we’ll be happy to help in looking it up.

  48. My name is Ali Mohamed sayidi ,I needed your help. My father entered the United States in 1972 by his uncle and entered the United States as a real son. My father got American citizenship in 1979. Before I was born, I entered the United States in 2006. I was 17 years old. I got American citizenship and did not know that my father had two different last name . , now I want to change the last to the real family of my father, what should I do ? If there is problems for my father or me? I appreciate your help .

    1. Hello Ali. Thanks for reaching out with your question. In order to change your name, you will more than likely have to go through your local court system. We suggest you contact them for more information on legally changing your name.

  49. I had my daughter while me and my husband were still legally married. We are now back together but he is legally considered his since I had her when we were still legally married. We are wanting to change her last name to reflect mines and his but don’t know if we have to do an actual adoption or can just go in and change her name since he is her legal father. I have mentioned adooption to her birth father and now all of a sudden he wants to take me to family court even though he has no legal rights to her and has also dodged being placed on child support. Her biological father has mentioned signing over his rights but every time it comes to actually doing it, he doesn’t. He legally has no rights anyways. What can/should we do?

    1. Hello Ashley. Thanks for reaching out with your question. If you haven’t done so already, you may want to consider seeking some legal advice from someone who is qualified to guide you through this process. We wish you the best in getting this situation resolved.

  50. My parents did not give me a middle name at birth so my birth certificate is only my first and last name. Later on they gave me a middle name but did not make the change legally. All of my documents have my middle name (passport, Driver license, SS Card, university degree, bank accounts, etc). I have applied for a legal name change in probate court so that my legal name is th same as all of my documents. When I receive the final judgement from probate court will I then have to petition to amend my birth certificate or can I just show the court order and my old BC? Will that be considered valid? If not, how long does it usually take to amend a birth certificate? I was born in MA. Thank you.

    1. Hello Meg. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. The requirements for amending a birth certificate and the processing times may vary from state to state so we suggest you contact MA vital records for more information on their amendments requirements.

  51. I changed my daughters last name on her birth certificate in Minnesota two months before moving to New York. I wasn’t able to change her name on her social security card in time before moving. How can i finish the process in New York?

    1. Hello Destiny. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Please CLICK HERE to visit the Social Security Administration’s website for more information on how to change a name on a social security card.

  52. hi,

    mistakenly gave kid first name as last name and last name as first name. Need to swith these names and my kid is 1 month old
    Still it requires court order. Please help me the process for change my kid name in birth certificate

    1. Hello Venkatesh. The requirements for amending/correcting a birth certificate may vary from state to state. Some states may even allow for such changes if the child is under a certain age. We suggest you contact the Vital Records Agency that issued your child’s birth certificate to determine if the correction can be made by simply filling out some paperwork. If not, the agency should be able to provide information on what steps you need to take to make the correction.

  53. Hello,
    My father’s name on his SS card and State Id are different than his birth certificate. He has always used that name since he was a child. Recently, he tried to go in a cruise with my mother. He was not able to go due to the name difference. What would be easier to do? Change his birth certificate, or his state id and social? What is the process? How long is the process? Please help!

    1. Hello Amora. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. We ‘re sorry to hear your father was unable to go on his cruise because of the name inconsistency on his documents. If he has been using the name as it appears on his SS card as his legal name, it may end up being easier in the long run to amend his birth certificate to match the SS card and ID rather that the other way around. That being said, we suggest he contact all the agencies involved (vital records, social security, etc.) to determine their process for changing his name. Once he has done this, he will have a better idea of which will be the easiest course of action.

  54. When my son turned 18 he changed hs first name. He now has a new birth certificate.we have the original certificate along with his social security card. What process would we take to chang it back to his original name.
    Nothing else has been changed(social security,drivers lcense….etc.)

    1. Hello Rochelle. We appreciate your question. It may cause problems at some point if his name on his birth certificate is different than on all his other documents. If he wants to change his first name back to his birth name, he will need to contact the vital records agency that issued his birth certificate to determine what the process will be.

  55. When I was a kid my parents got my social security card under a name other than the name on my birth certificate. Later I obtained an ID matching the name on my social security card. Now I am married and have used this other name for a long time. Now some of my legal documents have my name indicated on my birth certificate and others use the version of my name that my parents used. The name I prefer is the one on my ss card would it be recommended that I get my birth certificate corrected in Illinois, it looks like I may have some of the documents that show this name being used before I turned 19 (immunization record, high school transcripts)?

    1. Hello. Thanks for reaching out with your question regarding the discrepancy between the appearance of your name on your birth certificate and other documents such as your social security card. Please CLICK HERE to visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website where you can find more information on the requirements to correct/amend a birth certificate.

  56. Hii i sent my birth certificate to correct it to sprinfield illinois since 3 months ago ? How does long it take ? I need it in 2 weeks ? What can i do ? Or something ? Somebody told me rhat in 3 after i ll be receiving my birth certificate .. and i cant see it ???

    1. Hello Karen. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records at 217-782-6554 for more information regarding the status of your correction request. You can also Click Here to visit their website for more information.

  57. I was needing to know how to add the father to my child’s birth certificate. She was born in a different state then where we live at now. What do we need to do?

    1. Hello. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the city/ state where your daughter was born. They should be able to provide you with information regarding the steps you will need to take to amend her birth certificate.

  58. Hi. Is it possible to back date the issue date on a birth certificate.

    1. Hi Derin. Thanks for reaching out with your question. While it is doubtful that the issue date can be back dated, you can always contact the vital records agency that issued the birth certificate originally to find out if it is possible under certain circumstances.

  59. Hi
    My birth certificate contains all details except name.can anyone help me to insert my name .

    1. Hello Madhu. Thanks for reaching out for assistance. Each state may have different requirements for making changes to a birth certificate. Therefore, we suggest you contact the vital records agency that originally issued your birth certificate (in the city/state where you were born) to determine what steps you may need to take to amend your birth certificate.

  60. I have a question, could i change my birth year from 1999 to 2000?because i wanted to change because of some reason like the cutoff age and i won’t able to have an opportunity to compete my sport that I’m involved

    1. Hello. Thanks for your question. A birth date cannot be changed on the birth certificate unless you provide proof that the information was falsified or incorrect on the original certificate.

  61. I need to change one letter in my middle name on my birth certificate. I was born in Texas how do I proceed?

    1. Hello Michael. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Please CLICK HERE to visit the Texas Health and Human Services website for more information on how to amend your birth certificate.

  62. Hi, can you tell me how I can fix my birthday on my son’s birth certificate. The month is wrong but the date and year is correct. I have to fix this before getting a passport for my son. What do I have to do to fix this problem?

    1. Hello Monique. Since requirements for correcting/amending a birth certificate vary from state to state, we suggest you contact the vital records agency that originally issued your son’s birth certificate. The should be able to advise you on the steps you will need to take to correct his birth month on the certificate.

  63. Hi my name is Anna and I was born in New York but currently live in Georgia. I am currently 20 years old but my concern is that my dad is not named on my birth certificate because he was not present in the hospital and both parents lost the chance to have fixed it back then. But the real issue is that my dad is having problems with the whole immigration issue and I’m planning on helping him out of getting a residence in the US. So since my dad is not named on my birth certificate I will and need to fix that so I can help him when I turn 21 . Is it ok to be able to fix a certificate from New York and I’m living in Georgia. Plus he does live in New York so we’re not really close to eachother. What can I do?

    1. Hello Anna. If you were born in NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx or Staten Island, you can click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for information on how to contact them regarding correcting/amending a birth certificate. If you were born elsewhere in NY state, you may contact New York State Vital Records by email at vr@health.ny.gov or by telephone, toll-free, at 855-322-1022 with questions about correcting or amending your birth certificate.

  64. My mother was adopted by my grandpa’s second wife in the early 1960s (my grandmother had passed away in childbirth). 2nd wife was not a good mother, she is still living and we have no contact with her. It would mean a lot if we could get a copy of the original Minnesota birth certificate, is that possible?

    1. Hello Ruth. Standards for releasing adoption information, including an original birth certificate, may vary from state to state. Since the circumstances in this case are different from a closed adoption, you may want to contact the county clerk in the area where your mother was born in Minnesota to determine if release of the original birth certificate is possible without a court order. We wish you luck in this endeavor.

  65. Hi there,

    My husband and I hadn’t agreed on my daughter’s name at the time of her birth because she came much earlier than we expected in a TX hospital. So we used the name I liked for her certificate. Later, he asked that we call her by his preferred name (let’s assume it’s Catherine) and now, almost 6 years later, everybody calls her, and she is known by this very unique namely husband had picked from the get go (which, BTW, I now love). It’s on her school, hospital records, etc. but they don’t match her birth records or passport.

    We would like to regularise things. We don’t live in the US and the process of getting an order from a court in TX to change her name seems so long and tedious (I doubt we will be in the US in the near future for the amount of time it’ll take to get an order). I was wondering if we could get round this requirement by amending her birth record through a VS 170 application to add the name she goes by to the middle name on her birth certificate, that is, so her certificate has a second middle name, for example – from Elizabeth Victoria Charles to Elizabeth Victoria Catherine (the new addition) Charles. Being a non- parentage name would we still need a court order to effect a change like this in Texas?

    I would like to know what you think. Thanks in advance for your advice.

    1. Hello Dels. Each state sets its own guidelines for corrections/amendments to vital records. Therefore, the best place for you to direct your questions may be Texas Health and Human Services. Please click here for more information about how to contact them.

  66. Hi, is there a need to change my name in my son’s birth certificate now that I am using my married name as my legal name? I was using my maiden name when he was born, so that’s what’s recorded on his birth certifacate that time. Thank you.

    1. Hello Ai. Thanks for your question. Typically, the mother’s name is what is listed on the birth certificate so there should be no need for you to change anything now that you are using your married name.

  67. kindly, how will I get to change the name indicated in the birth certificate of my child to her real mother because during her registration in standard 8, the names indicated during application was a wrong mothers name because her mother’s age was under age .how will i change this to her real mothers names?

    1. Hello Bernard. Thanks for your question. You may want to contact the vital records agency in the area where your daughter was born to determine what the requirements are to correct/amend a birth certificate.

  68. This is probably silly question. When paperwork is sent to state for
    replacement birth certificate, we are asked through your company to
    sign birth name. However, I am sending a copy of drivers license (for I.D. verification) with my married name. Due to name change, does this
    create delays?

    1. Hello Kathy. Your ID being in your married name should not cause any delay at all. During the application proceess you are asked to provide your current name and your name as it appears on your birth certificate.

  69. Hello I ‘d like to legally correct my birth year since it was done wrong
    and I’m now able to ask for my correct birth certificate out of country.
    Can you help me? Thank you very much. <3

    1. Hello Amy. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Each vital record agency may have different guidelines for making changes to a vital record. For more information about correcting/amending your birth certificate, you should contact the vital records agency that issued the certificate originally.

  70. Hello, I’ve been trying to put my first name on my birth certificate for some time now to no avail. Right now my birth certificate reads ” Male ” Garcia. Last year I went to vital records and was sent to corrections. When I got there, they insisted that I have my immunization records. I don’t have such records. I never attended college. My former high school is no help. I don’t have a primary doctor, but in 2014 I took a full medical exam with blood test. Can I use that information to get a birth certificate correction even though it doesn’t contain my immunization record? I would appreciate any help in this matter. Thank you

    1. Hello Juan. We are sorry to hear about your predicament. You will more than likely need to contact the amendments and corrections office for more information on what will be acceptable.

  71. Hello me and my ex have a child together we just found out I am the father and she has currently not put anyone down for the dads name on the birth certificate he is currently 3 months of age I would like to add my name to his birth certificate as the father and also change his last name and she has no problem with that the only problem I am having is she lives across the country in Florida I am in washington state I was wanting to know how I would go about changing his last name and adding my name to his birth certificate and if I can even do that across country I do have my ex agreeing to this I would just like to know the steps I need to take and where I need to go to fill out the correct forms

    1. Hello Luke. If the 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 son’s birth certificate to determine if you can add your name by simply filling out and submitting the paperwork. Assuming your son was born in Florida, click here to visit Florida Health’s page concerning corrections and amendments to vital records.

  72. I always but changing my name on my birth ceritfcate back in the day when I was born my mom wanted to name me a good name but dad gave the name Deonte Lamar Merritt at birth when I first born my mom said why mom didnt name you I think having the name Peter but the surname can never be change my father last name on my birth certifcate all would do is change my name that is allowed only by law and my gender thats it.

    1. Hello Deonte. If you need assistance with a name change, you may want to contact the vital records agency that originally issued your birth certificate for assistance. They can provide you with information about the steps you will need to take to change your name.

  73. hello,

    my original 1st name on birth certificate i use as my middle name and my original middle name i hated and change it to another name i go by ( not to a Legal change in court)..

    but on my drivers license and social security card all my info the way i have it is correct.

    how can i get my birth certificate changed as for 1st name and middle name. this gives me problems for when i change Drivers license. i’m in Texas having this issue. South Carolina and Mass dint give me an problem when changing over drivers license

    1. Hello Olanzo. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that originally issued your birth certificate to determine what steps you will need to take to change your name on your birth certificate. You may have to request a legal name change through the courts.

  74. How do you change the nationality on the birth certificate ?

    1. Hello Jahlil. You will need to contact the vital records agency that originally issued the birth certificate to determine theie requirements for amending/correcting a birth certificate.

  75. Hello I want to ask question about my daughters birth certificate ,,when I was deliver her in hospital me and my husband are not yet marriage ,but after 2 years where decided to get marriage ,my question is If we still need to change our child’s birth certificate in the portion of are status, because in the birth certificate of my daughter appear that are status is ( NOT MARRIED ) if still need to change that ,and what are the requirement for changing that if needed..thanks in advance

    1. Hello. Requirements may vary from state to state regarding this issue so your best course of action may be to contact the vital records agency that originally issued your daughter’s birth certificate. They should be able to tell you whether it will be necessary to change the marital status on the birth certificate.

  76. Is there a way I can change my 9 yrs old daughters hyphenated last name. She currently has her fathers and my last name. He is not listed on her birth certificate . Came to find out years later that he was using maternal last name. Since he has never been in the picture and child support agency has not found him my case is closed. What can I do to take out wrong hyphenated last name and just leave mine?

    1. Hello Jayne. Each state sets their own guidelines regarding the steps required to amend a vital record. We suggest you contact the Vital Records agency that issued your daughter’s birth certificate originally. They should be able to provide you with information on how to go about amending a birth certificate.

  77. Hi! I have a question.Actually my parents Date of Birth on my birth certificate is not correct so i want to ask can i request to department for changing?Or parents can request to department for few changing instead of me?

    1. Hello Harris. Requirements for amending/correcting a birth certificate 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 provide you with information on how to go about making the correction to your birth certificate.

  78. Hello,

    I came across an error on the birth certificate of a minor, the father’s first name is misspelled by a letter.
    I was wondering what type of documentary evidence is necessary to support the correction requested in TX?

    1. Hello Mary. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Please click here for more information about how to go about amending a Texas birth certificate. Texas

  79. Hello I am in the process of getting my birth certificate amended. How long does this kind of thing take?
    It has been over a month now. I am unable to get my State ID, Drivers License, and my Passport all because i don’t have my
    birth certificate 🙁 What should i do now? I’ve called Vital Records a few times but their line is always busy or i always get
    put on hold. Please help I need answers

    1. Hello Briona. Processing times may vary from agency to agency. If you cannot get through by phone, search for alternate methods to contact them such as an email address, live chat on their website or private message on a social page such as Facebook.

  80. If my child does not have a father listed on their Washington birth certificate, but their step father will be adopting in New York, do I file an amended birth cert in ny or wa”

    1. Hello Lucielle. More than likely, you will contact the Washington vital records agency to file the amendment since that is where your child was born.

  81. Hi. My question is that my son wants to have his birth certificate changed to his bio father. When he was born his dad put his name on the certificate but when we received it there was no father’s name on it. My son was born in 1985. We never got married. Later I married my first son’s dad and he went to the courthouse and told them that both boys were his and they put his name on the birth certificate. We are no longer married. Now my son wants to change his birth certificate to his real dad’s name, How do we fix this.

    1. Hello Laura. Since your ex husband claimed paternity and is currently listed on the birth certificate, it is possible that your son will need to seek the change through the court and provide proof of paternity. We suggest your son contact the vital records agency that issued his birth certificate originally to find out what the requirements are to amend a birth certificate given the circumstances.

  82. My birth certificate was amended as a minor to give me my stepfathers last name while my biological father’s last name became a second middle name. As an adult now what do I need to do to change it back to my original name at birth with one middle name and only my biological fathers last name. Also, how long would this process take? I am getting married in a little under 4 months where I will be changing my name anyhow. However, I hate the idea of my maiden name not being my biological fathers. I also don’t want my full legal name to have two middle names anymore. How can I quickly fix this issue. Thank you.

    1. Hello Jenn. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate to determine what steps you will need to take to remove your stepfather’s last name. It will more than likely have to go through the court system and there is no way we can predict how much time it will take.

  83. My daughter was adopted and given her name through the court in her country of origin. When I read opted her in the court she asked for a middle name consistent with the country from which she came so we did that. Her birth certificate now has a different name than her social security or passport. Needless to say this is cause problems and she wants to go back and have the birth certificate changed to look like the passport and social security card. How does she do that t

    1. Hello Deb. Thanks for reaching out with your question. In order to have her birth certificate match her passport and SS card, your daughter will more than likely need to go through the court system to request a legal change to the document.

  84. Hi, I’ve been dealing with my birth certificate with the wrong D.OB. I’ve called and paid numerous times to get it fixed. Everything I filed is under 1980 and they can’t seem to get it right in sending the correct year on my BC. I’ve called, wrote letters, paid many times for over a year. What form of information can I provide by making a trip directly to their office to get this situated? I only have a school copy of my BC, original permit, tax forms, medical records when I gave birth to my son, both of my parents left me when I was a year old. So I’m pretty frustrated on how to obtain what’s needed. Please help any advice you give would be helpful. I’m out of options.

    1. Hello Tina. We are sorry to hear about your frustrations. The requirements for correcting information on a birth certificate may vary from state to state. In order to amend or correct a birth certificate, you will need to contact the vital records agency that issued the certificate originally and find out their procedures for making the correction.

  85. Hi, I have a question. My husband ex girlfriend lied to him about being pregnant with his baby and he signed the papers giving his last name to the baby. A year after that he requested a DNA since baby Mom was asking for more money. It turned out he wasn’t the father so the court ordered for his last name to be taken off the birth certificate. The mother never changed it and still today 10 years later is Registered in school and every where else With his last name. What can be done about that? Where can it be reported? The mom is not planning on doing anything about it even if the court ordered it

    1. Thank you for your question Janet. While we are not able to provide legal advice, it sounds like your husband may need to have an attorney review the situation. Generally speaking, as long as the change is being requested by one or more of the parent(s) listed on the birth certificate, the vital record office issuing the certificate can provide the requirements for making an appropriate change to a birth certificate. It is best to contact the issuing agency directly, as they can provide their specific regulations and instructions for such a change. Best regards.

  86. I have an incorrect spelling in my first name on my birth certificate issued in Puerto Rico. My social security card has the correct spelling along with my driver’s license and marriage certificate. It’s only the last 2 letters that are incorrect. I want to get a passport and realize this may be a problem. Can I get this fixed through an attorney in the state I live in or will I have to go to Puerto Rico? I haven’t been there in over 30 years.

    1. Hello Aida. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the Puerto Rico Department of Health to for more information about the steps you will need to take to correct the misspelling on your birth certificate. They should be able to tell you if it can be done Stateside or not.

  87. hi there , i want to modify my sons birth certificate now knowing who the father is? how would i go about doing so?

    1. Hello Michelle. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your son’s birth certificate to determine their guidelines for amending/correcting a birth certificate.

  88. Hi, I have a question. My first name is AnneMarie, however, on my birth certificate
    my father incorrectly put Anne as 1st name with a space,therefore it was assumed
    Marie as my middle name. I’ve always been called AnneMarie,I dont have a middle
    name(other than using my maiden surname).Do I need a legal name change to make
    sure my important documents(social security,drivers license,etc) use AnneMarie as
    my 1st name and not Anne?(My marriage license has my 1st name as Anne-Marie.)

    1. Hello AnneMarie. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally to find out if the will require a legal name change to make the correction to your birth certificate. Best wishes!

  89. hi. my 28year son wants to change his surname on his b/c from my name to his father’s name. the father is not on the certificate. can my son do this?

    1. Hello Jill. Thanks for reaching out with your question. It is possible that your son may be able to amend his surname on his birth certificate. Since the rules for amending a birth certificate may vary from state to state, he may have to petition the court for a legal name change.

  90. Hi! I legally change my last name back in 2014.
    from Solano to Miliano. My 11yr old daughter has her father’s last name
    and my old last name on her birth certificate.
    I want to add my new last name Miliano on to her certificate.
    Will it be possible?

    1. Hello Stephanie. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. The requirements for amending a vital record can vary from vital record agency to vital record agency. Therefore, we suggest you contact the vital record agency that issued your daughter’s birth certificate to determine their specific requirements for amending the information on her birth certificate.

  91. Hello Sir/ Ma’am,
    I have a question regarding my son’s birth certificate. He was born in December 2, 2012. I acknowledged the child by writing in “admission of paternity”.
    I married his mother in 2017. Can I ask to place our date of marriage to our son’s birth certificate so the 2nd page will be voided?
    Hoping for your immediate and positive response.
    Thanks!

    1. Hello Jozel. Requirements for changing information on a birth certificate may vary from agency to agency. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your baby’s birth certificate for more information on their procedure.

  92. Hello, When my daughter received my grandsons birth certificate we noticed there was a mistake. It only shows his
    fathers date of birth and state where he was born. His first and last name are missing. My grandson was born in California in 2015. Do you know what steps we take to have them correct this ?

    1. Hello Maritza. Thank you for reaching out with your question regarding your grandson’s birth certificate. For more information about amending a California birth certificate, you can click here to visit the website for the California Department of Public Health. Hope this helps.

  93. Hello I just want to find out how I can change
    mothers residence on my child’s birth certificate it says I’m a Georgia resident which I’m not and I requested a change from the state office of vital records in Atlanta but I’m required to get a court order. How do I get one without being in the U.S at the moment

    1. Hello Harriet. The only thing we can suggest is for you to contact the court system referenced by the vital records office in Atlanta to determine if you can submit your petition remotely or not. Best wishes in finding a resolution.

  94. Hello, My birth Certificate reads Angelina + mom’s maiden as my middle name.

    I have had 2 passports, state issued drivers license, marriage license, diplomas, divorce decree and social security card with the name Angela S. xxxxx.. I did marry and change my name to my then husband.

    I am now re-marrying 8/18/18 in Jamaica and the resort will not accept the documents to hold an official marriage. Ca I amend my 1st and middle name ( I spelled the middle with an A instead of an o in it) in time to make the wedding?

    Vital records isn’t answering.

    1. Hello Angela. We’re sorry to hear about your predicament. Unfortunately, your question is not one we can answer. Each vital records agency may have different requirements for amending a birth certificate as well as different processing times to complete the order. Since you want to change your name, it may even require a petition to thew court for a legal name change. We suggest you try again to contact the vital records agency that issued your original birth certificate. We wish you the best in finding a quick resolution to this problem.

  95. I have a situation where my birth certificate has me as Israel Jay,and my Social Security
    card has me as Jay,which I tend to go by.Can I just file my legal papers under Jay??

    1. Hello Jay. More than likely, this discrepancy may causes problems for you in the future. We suggest you look into amending your birth certificate so it matches the rest of your documentation. In order to do so, you will need to contact the vital records agency that originally issued your birth certificate.

  96. What exactly can i do with my amended birth record? I recently had my birth certificate amended due to a spelling error now my question is i recieved two papers my original birth certificate and a certified copy of my amended birth certificate with all the information i wrote to correct a spelling error in my name. Can i now show up to social security and have that one letter corrected so it reflects on my Driver license or will i have to legally go through court?

    1. Hello Heather. The certified copy of your birth certificate with the spelling correction should now be your official birth certificate of record. We suggest you contact your local SS Office to find out how you go about correcting your social security card.

  97. I am a High School teacher in Arkansas and I have a student who just graduated that needs his birth certificate. We are running into problems because he was born in Cook county Illinois with the last name of Palyo. His parents had his name changed to Is@#$ in 1999 but did not get his birth certificate changed. He does not have a state issued ID nor a certified copy of his original birth certificate. He has been homeless off and on for the last 6 years of his life and only has his social security card with the last name of Is@#$ and an old high school ID. We keep running into dead ends and are getting tired of being bounced from one office to the next. Cooks county needs his birth certificate to match his social security card and school Id to release his Birth Certificate and Illinois vital records needs an official copy of his birth certificate to change his name. The only progress we have made has been to obtain certified copies of his name change from Cook county circuit court. If you have any suggestions on how to help this young man out, please let me know.

    1. Hello Guy. Sorry to hear about this predicament. Since you now have documentation of the young man’s name change from Cook County District Court, you may try contacting the Cook County Clerk’s Bureau of Vital Records and/or the Illinois Deopartment of Public Health as a next step. We hope you are able to find a resolution to this problem.

  98. Hello my sons father had sign a paper acknowledge that he was the father we were never going to get married so I wanted my son to have my last name .my son was one in a half years old when I tried to put a name change in I saw a judge they said they wouldn’t so would I be able to add my last name to my son’s birth certificate before he is two years old without going through the courts?

    1. Hello Latifah. Each vital records agency may have different requirements for correcting/amending a vital record. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your son’s certificate originally to determine what steps you will need to take.

  99. To Whom It May Concern,

    My birth certificate has my name as the father instead of my father’s name. Please help! Thank you!

    1. Hello Kim. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally. They should be able to provide you with information regarding the steps you will need to take to correct/amend your birth certificate.

  100. Hello,

    I was born in Grand Rapids, MI. I filed for a last name change upon turning 18 in the state of Michigan in order to have the alias I used as my last name throughout high school be shown on my diploma. I filed at the circuit court in Manistee, MI once the court approved my petition for name change. I paid the fee and the paperwork was filed. Years later, I’m 27 now and I live in Chicago, IL, I went to apply for a passport and I realized I never received an updated birth certificate after changing my name. The only thing I have in my possession is an updated social security card. It looks like the court approved document was never sent in to register for an updated birth certificate. My question is this, who do I contact about applying for an updated birth certificate with the court approved documents for my name change almost 10 years ago? I’m at a loss as to how I should proceed, and my window for applying for a passport before a trip a couple months out is closing fast

    1. Hello Troy. We’re sorry to hear about your predicament. We suggest you contact the Kent County Clerk to see if your amended birth certificate that reflects your name change is on file with them. Click here to visit their website for more information.

  101. hi my daughter as been reregistered by someone i dated along time ago he isnt the father i dont know who her father is but this persons name is on her birth certicate how can i get his name removed as i did not give consent for him to reregister my daughter as i dont know who the father is can you give me advice please thanks also he as changed my daughters last name i need to sort this as him and his family are trying to take my daughter and they are very volient people

    1. Hello Lisa. We are sorry to hear about your predicament. This sounds like a complex situation so you may want to consider seeking legal advice since this involves your daughter.

  102. I have an issue myself, My birth certificate is the only document I have that has my original biological fathers last name on it, everything else I have has the name of my stepfather, my parents never did an adoption but I was like 2 or 3 when they started dating and 5 when they married, all my school records, my SS card my drivers license (expiring very soon hence my problem) all have my current name. I’m running into trouble now that when i want to update my license since I moved out of the state that issued it. I need a birth certificate and a court order showing the name change, I don’t have a court order I just have 40 years of using this name and a birth certificate that doesn’t match. My SS name change happened 30 years ago and my parents were told at the time that was all that was needed. Do I need to file for a legal name change and have the birth certificate amended via a court order still or is there some easier way to attempt to get this fixed, also since I can’t renew my license at this time as I can’t provide documentation they want to renew with current name and can’t even get a new license with the old name as I lack all the other documents needed to do that any suggestions for me to get this fixed? I was born in Ohio and my first drivers license was in florida, current one is in PA and I’m looking to transfer it to florida as soon as possible.

    1. Hello Brian. We’re sorry to hear about your predicament. More than likely, you will be required to get a court order for a legal name change. Once that is completed, you will have to present the Ohio Department of Health with a certified copy of the court order in order to amend the birth certificate to reflect your current last name. Please click here to visit the Ohio Department of Health website for more information.

  103. So, this comment could get a little sticky;
    I’m transgender, but my state doesn’t allow any kind of gender change whatsoever. On the contrary, I reside in another state with much looser laws about it. Should I be able to change my birth certificate according to my state of residency, or do I still have to abide by the laws of my birth state?

    1. Hello Lou. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Your ability to change the gender on your birth certificate is governed by the laws in your state of birth since they issued your original birth certificate and will issue any subsequent copies. In order to amend your birth certificate, you will more than likely have to get a court order.

  104. Hello, my daughter birth certificate has my birthdate wrong, what can I do to change it?

    1. Hello Dora. We are sorry to hear about your incorrect birthdate on your daughter’s birth certificate. You will have to contact the vital records agency that issued the certificate to determine their process for correction the error.

  105. Hello.

    I like to omit the JR (Junior) from my birth certificate.

    Reasons: it is written as part of my last name and unnecessary because my father and I have different middle names.

    I was born in Georgia but now live in Iowa. Obviously I ha e to inquire about from my birth state….but does that me if I need a court order….can I do this in Iowa where I li e or in Georgia)?

    1. Hello Chavo. Thanks for reaching out with your question. It will more than likely need to be done in Georgia. For more information regarding a legal name change and a correction/amendment to your birth certificate, you can call the Georgia Department of Community Health at (404) 679-4701.

  106. For as long as I remember I have been signing my name centhia may Cooke. my social s name is centhia may Cooke
    My I’d is the same my drivers licenses is the same. But when I needed my birth certificate I sent away for it
    Through vital records. And on my birth certificate it says Cynthia may Cooke. How do I fix it?

    1. Hello Centhia. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate for more information about how to correct/amend a birth certificate.

  107. Hello. I’m 27 years old and decided to add my biological father to my birth certificate for Indian Blood purposes. How do I go about doing that? I’m married so there really wouldn’t be a name change, I’m just trying to get his name on my BC so I came claim his degree of Indian blood.

    1. Hello Jenn. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the state where your were born to determine their requirements for amending/correcting the information on a birth certificate.

  108. My nane 2as changed whwn I was a kid, my lastt nane does not match that on my drivers license or social security card. My nanexwas changed on my baptism paperwork, which is how i got my drivers license and social security card. Now I need the new federal id card, and since the name on birth certificate and license are not the ame, how do I go about fixing this mess. Thank you

    1. Hello Angie. Sorry to hear about your predicament. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate to determine what their requirements are to amend/correct your name on your birth certificate as these requirements can vary from agency to agency.

  109. Hello,
    My grandfather’s last name is different than my father’s by one letter that was not added to his birth certificate in error and never corrected.. My son an I have the name of my father which has the incorrect spelling. I would like to change mine and my son’s name to the correct name of my grandfather. I am 63 and my son is 33 and we both now live in different states. What can I do if I can do anything!
    Thanks for you help

    1. Hello Jacqueline. More than likely you will be required to apply for legal name changes for you and your son but it may be worth checking with the vital records agency or agencies that issued your birth certificate and your son’s birth certificate to see if you can correct the record by providing the proper documentation showing the error and avoid the legal name change petition. Please be aware that if you do change the spelling on your birth certificate, you will also need to update all other pertinent documents such as IDs, SS cards, passports, etc. to match the corrected birth certificate.

  110. If we gave our daughter her fathers last name but he wants to change it to his stepfathers last name instead of his absents fathers how would i do that? She is one years old and i haven’t ordered a birth certificate yet.

    1. Hello Reann. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the area where your daughter was born to determine the procedure for amending/correcting the information on a birth certificate.

  111. I need some advice which is causing me so much stress to the point where i dont want to get out of bed.Vital records cannit find my birth certficate i gave tried everything to get it but no luck!! What can i do i cant even get an real id i am in tears and so depressed aboyt this please i beg what can i do?

    1. Hello Joetta. We are sorry to hear about your predicament and unfortunately cannot offer a solution based ont eh information you provided. You may want to contact the vital records agency in the area where you were born to see if they can suggest some next steps for you so you can obtain your birth certificate.

  112. Hi,
    I have a bit of a conundrum.
    There’s a will on my father’s side of the family, & something was left for me but,
    I have no current access to it due to the fact that I haven’t carried my father’s last name
    since my parents divorced, which were many moons ago.
    Worse, his name is spelt incorrectly on my birth certificate.
    What could I do to resolve this situation?

    1. Hello Tracy. Sorry to hear about your conundrum. If the inheritance is important to you, you may want to consider consulting with a legal professional for advice on how to proceed.

  113. I currently reside in Jackson County Mississippi and have been granted full custody of 2 grandchildren (They are 4 and 8). They have not had any contact with their birth parents in over 2 years. We would like to have their last name changed from their dad’s to ours. Do you know where I need to go to start the process. I would like to do this on my own and without having to pay for a lawyer. We spent an awful lot getting custody and would like to save a little if we could on the name change. Thank you for any advice that you can give.

    1. Hello Valarie. As a place to start, you may want to contact the family court district in your area for guidance with this situation.

  114. Hi my brother and I moved to a different state and his MA id is expired. He tried getting a new id here but they denied it because on his social security card it has his middle name as his first and his first as his middle. For example instead of ABC, it has BAC. And on his birth certificate it lists his middle name as his first name and there’s nothing under middle name so it says his name is BC. We contacted Vitals Records in Boston and were told that our mother went there a week after with a doctor’s note requesting to add his first name on the birth certificate but im guessing it never happened? Im not sure who to contact in order for us to fix this problem because we’re having a hard time trying to get him an ID

    1. Hello Cynthia. We are sorry to hear about your brother’s predicament. We suggest you contact Vital Records in Boston again to determine how he would go about amending the birth certificate and what alternative identity documents he can provide.

  115. Need to change my kids birth certificate place of birth and birthday.

    1. Thank you Lisa. For the type of changes you need, it will be best to contact the agency that issued your child’s birth certificate and ask about those specific changes. They should be able to advise you as to the correct next steps to take.

  116. I was born in New York City but now live in another state. On my birth certificate, there should be a ” von” before my last name that was left out. How do I go about correcting my birth certificate? Thank you very much.

    1. Hello Jeffrey. Thanks for reaching out with your question. To find out more about how to amend/correct a NYC birth certificate, please click here to visit the website for NYC Health.

  117. Hello – My daughter was born in New York, is still a minor but is getting ready to obtain her permit and driver’s license. Her Birth Certificate accidentally has a short version of her name – Rose instead of Roseanne, but she uses her full proper name of Roseanne. To get this fixed, do we need to obtain a court order for a name change, or would this qualify to be corrected using a Birth Certificate Correction Application? She would like her Enhanced License to have her correct name, and so it must match the Birth Certificate. Thanks!

    1. Hello Susan. If she was born in one of the boroughs of NYC, you may want to contact the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene. Please click here for more information about amendments/corrections or call 212-639-9675. Otherwise, click here to visit the NY State Dept of Health website or call 877-854-4481.

  118. Thank you! This information is very useful.

  119. I moved from Indiana four years ago to Tampa, Florida. When my
    Indiana license expired.. Tampa refused to give me Florida
    License.. Because, my birth certificate have Grant last name.
    My father always used Grant when he moved to Indiana’s from
    Alabama. My grandparents always used La Grant last name. I used
    La Grant as my last name. All my school papers and jobs have La
    Grant. My retirement paper have La Grant last name. I have been
    twice to Florida Court for approval to change name. The last time
    I went to court the same jiudge told me to have La add to my
    Birth Certificate. Bay Legal was trying to help twice in court. We
    are at a road block. I tried for three years to get my Florida License

    1. Hello Priscilla. We’re sorry to hear about your predicament. If you were born in Indiana, you will more than likely need to have your name changed in the Indiana court system and have Indiana Vital Records amend your birth certificate before applying for the Florida license.

  120. When I was born, my mom did not put my dad on my birth certificate. When I was in 5th grade, my grandmother obtained legal custody of me. Now that I am 20, I have a relationship with my dad and would like to add him to my birth certificate as a surprise. Do I need to have a court order to do that? Would my mom need to be involved?

    1. Hello Hannah. Since requirements can vary from agency to agency, we suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally for more information about amending your birth certificate to include your dad’s name.

  121. Hi. two questions, one is I am 28 but with disabilities and mentality I’m only around 12. Can change my age legally on my birth certificate? And can I change my parent name on my birth certificate to my caretaker whose like my mom? Thanks!

    1. Hello Cecilia. Since requirements can vary from agency to agency, we suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally for more information about their amendments process.

  122. When I first obtained my Texas ID I used my
    baptism certificate which has my biológical fathers name on it and last name. My original birth record
    has my mother’s first husband as my dad on it and I have never used that last name which was also mis-spelt on the said birth record. I have been trying to obtain a Texas Identification card but they stated to me that I must get my birth record fixed with my biological fathers name on it since they wouldn’t
    accept my baptism certificate. I also stated to the
    DPS that my baptism certificate is what I showed
    them the first time I applied for an ID. They
    accepted it as proof of identity.
    Now I cannot get my iD because both my parents
    are deseaced. Can someone point me to the right direction. Everything I have has my biological
    fathers last name on it. Including my social security card. Can someone please help me..

    1. Hello Diana. We are sorry to hear about your frustrating situation. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally to determine what steps you need to take to amend your birth certificate to reflect your biological father’s name. It is possible it will require a court order.

  123. My mother and biological father were never married. My Mother gave me her last name which was on my very first original birth certificate. I recently tried to obtain a copy of my birth certificate (the one I had was a copy but in poor condition) to apply for a passport ID Card and noticed that the birth certificate the vital records dept gave me had my father’s last name. apparently he changed it back in 1985- I am now 40yrs old. He never told my mother because guess what someone else signed her name. I have never ever used his last name- my school records, work history, social, drivers license, hospital records, insurance -basically everything has my mothers name. i don’t want to use his last name he was not there for me. I went to my local court and filed for a name change and presented in detail my reason and also submitted documentation with my current last name. I did not see the judge however they sent me a response that i need to prove that my fathers last name is not my name in use. I am very confused because I have submitted documents showing that I have only used my mothers last name. I don’t know what to do. I just want to fix the name on my birth certificate back to my mother’s name. My father will not assist with this.

    1. Hello Shawonna. We are sorry to hear about your predicament. We suggest you contact court again to find out what additional documentation they require to verify which name you have been using. We hope you are able to find a resolution quickly.

  124. My name was mispelled on my birth certificate and I made the changes. Now my birth certificate says amended with my name change at the bottom of the certificate. My certificate matches my license, will I have any issues with obtaining a passport with an amended birth certificate

    1. Hello Laura. Thank you for your question. More than likely, your amended certificate will be acceptable for your passport application but you may want to contact your local passport office to verify this.

  125. I am an adult and found out my dad listed on my birth certificate is not my biological father and want to remove him and add my biological father to my birth certificate. The state of Texas only amends for children, not adults. Also, would the last name be changed as well or is that another process? What is the proper way to go about it?

    1. Hello Amaris. We suggest you contact the Texas Department of State Health Services. Please click here to visit their website for more information.

  126. Hello my issue is.. Wen I was born the nurse put down Darlene instead of Darla. But my ssc is under Darla. How do i go about changing my name to darla

    1. Hello Darla. Thanks for reaching out with your question. The requirements for amending/correcting a birth certificate can vary from vital records agency to vital records agency. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that originally issued your birth certificate for more information about how to go about making the name change on your birth certificate.

  127. My name is Latisha Wolfe. I’m a 38 YO female and my last name is spelled incorrectly on my birth certificate. Both of my parents are deceased and I just realized there is a 2 letter mix up on my birth certificate. My state ID and my social security card have the correct spelling. Do I have to complete a legal name change to apply for a passport?

    1. Hello Latisha, and thank you for your question. The best thing to do to request a change on your birth certificate is to start by contacting the agency responsible for issuing your certificate directly (the vital records agency in the state and/or county where you were born). Each agency has different rules and processes for how to make changes to birth certificates, so it’s always best to start there to find out what documents may be needed and get the correct application forms. If you already have legal ID documents (such as a driver’s license and Social Security Card) with the correct spelling, those may be all that is needed to request the birth certificate be updated – however, the agency will be able to provide you with the specifics needed. Thank you, and best regards.

  128. Hi, I was adopted by my cousin and she is on my birth certificate as my biological mother. My real mother is passed away. How do I get this corrected.

    1. Hello Tanga. When a legal adoption occurs, a new birth certificate is generated that reflects the adoptive parents as the biological parents. If you were legally adopted by your cousin, it may be necessary for you to seek legal assistance and petition the court to alter your birth certificate to reflect the name of your true biological mother. We wish you the best.

  129. Hi. Great site. I am trying to get dual Italian citizenship, and one of the documents I need is my deceased father’s Pennsylvania birth certificate. I have the birth certificate. The problem? There are FOUR mistakes on his birth certificate, and the Italian consulate has said I need to fix them. (They all are mistakes made by transcribers who couldn’t understand two parents with strong Italian accents, so there are terrible misspelling.) I wrote to Pa. and they said I need a court order to get the changes made. But I can’t figure out what kind of court would do such a thing for a Pennsylvania document; I live in Utah. Do I go to a local District Court, or do I have to travel to Pennsylvania to do something more local to where the certificate was issued? Thanks.

    1. Hello Tim. You will more than likely need to contact the court system in PA since that is where your father was born. Click here to visit the PA Department of Health web page for more information on making corrections to birth certificates. You can also contact the Division of Vital Records at 844-228-3516 or 724-656-3100. Hope this helps.

  130. To whom it may concern,
    I would like to add my mothers last name, but not take off my fathers last name. Meaning, I would like to have both of my parents last name. What is the process to adding my mothers last name?

    1. Hello Mary and thanks for reaching out with your question. If you are wanting to change your name on your birth certificate, you will have to request a legal name change from the courts. Once that is complete, you can contact the amendments and corrections department at the vital records agency in the state that you were born and they will provide you with the necessary requirements to amend your name on your birth certificate.

  131. Hello,

    I was born in Vietnam and have a birth certificate from there. I became a US citizen de facto in 4th grade when my parents became citizens at the same time. Also during the same time, I changed by name during this process. Because I was a minor, they supplied me with a certificate of citizen but not a certificate of name change.

    I’m getting married soon at a destination wedding in Puerto Rico. For a marriage certificate, they require a birth certificate to match my name now. I have no documentation (aka certificate of name change) to link my birth certificate with my name now. I’ve called immigration, the local and federal court house and none of them have it on record. How do I go about getting a certificate of name change for myself? I’m in a hurry as my wedding is only a couple weeks away! Any help would be appreciated!

    Jim

    1. Hello Jim. We are sorry to hear about your dilemma. Is there anything in your parents naturalization documents that can establish the link between your birth name and the name you currently use? You may want to consult with someone who specializes in immigration and naturalization issues for guidance. We wish you the best.

  132. My birth certificate was completed screwed up due to language issues as my parent’s were not fluent in English. My father is actually listed as a ‘step-father’ and not acknowledging paternity. This was made known to me while trying to obtain my citizenship for my parent’s country of birth. They are both alive and available. Do I have to go to court to fix this? one attorney told me to have my father ‘adopt’ me. I’m wondering if they can present themselves to vital records in my birth county and amend it.

    1. Hello Jose. We’re sorry to hear about your predicament. Requirements for amending a birth certificate can vary from vital record agency to vital record agency. If you haven’t done so already, you may want to contact the vital agency that issued your birth certificate originally for more information on their requirements for corrections/amendments. It is possible that you will have to pursue this through the court system with your father proving proof of paternity in order to correct the record. We wish you the best in finding a resolution.

  133. Hi, my son is 7, His dad’s name is on his birth certificate, he owes me thousands in back pay, finally caught him & he was on monthly payments, job hopped, missed multiple payments, made 2 more kids that he’s also paying cs . I got a letter in the mail saying he filed for bankruptcy & I have proof of him messaging me boasting saying he’s not broke he just finessed the system to keep him paying all of his cs to the three of his children !! Wow right? At this point I don’t care about the money anymore I just want his his name removed from my Childs birth certificate . does he have to be present ? We’re in the state of Alabama. My husband wants to adopt him. Please help me

    1. Hello Courtney. If your husband adopts your son, your son will be issued a new birth certificate reflecting the adopted father’s name. You may want to consult with a family law specialist for guidance on the best way to proceed.

  134. I have my maiden last name on my birth certificate, then about 37 years ago my mom got remarried, took my birth certificate, social security card and her new marriage license to social security and social security changed my last name to match my step dad’s last name (with no legal document to show how it was changed to Graves) Then when I was 17 I got married, (but since Graves was my legal name at that time, i had to sign my marriage license with Graves Then when I got married my last name changed to Campbell. My problem is 37 years ago there wasn’t all this stolen identity so it was apparently much easier to get a child’s last name changed. Now I’ve moved to a different state and I’m trying to transfer my license and plates to this state and they won’t do it because there is no legal document showing a name change to my second last name of graves. The BMV stated if I get a passport that it means the government knows I’m me and I wouldn’t have to bring in a birth certificate or marriage license so then all I’d papers would show my current last name of Campbell and then they would accept me for being me. But I’ve spoke to passport companies and the department of state and everyone is giving me any different answers. For instance the State department told me to bring my birth certificate, valid drivers license and 4 affidavits from 4 people that have known me with the last name campbell for at least two years and I would be good. Problem is none of that is going to prove my last name changed 37 years ago to Graves with no legal change of name, because the social security office did it themselves. Starting next year in order to fly even just within the US that I won’t be able to nor can I get another drivers license for the State I’m in now or even an ID… Please if anyone can help I’d appreciate it greatly

  135. We had a court order to add my sons father on the birth certificate, but they didn’t add any of his information as like where he is from. How would I add that on there if we went through a court to have the name put on? I live in Mississippi

    1. Hello Taylor. If your son was born in Mississippi, you may want to contact Mississippi Vital Records for more information on their process for amending a birth certificate.

  136. I have to correct my birth certificate because the last letter in my last name is wrong. I applied to Dept. of Vital Records in NYC for the change and they said I have to show my father’s birth certificate to prove who I am. My problem is that when I applied for my father’s records (since my family couldn’t find his certificate) they said that they couldn’t find one. My mother said that he was born with a midwife and maybe he was never issued one. How can I correct my birth certificate without using my father’s. I am 71 years old and went to public school,went into the military,got a social security card,got a city job and collect Social Security but my original birth certificate is spelled wrong and I need it to get a passport and for my CDL license What do I do next?

    1. Hello Jerry. We are sorry to hear about your dilemma. We suggest you contact NYC vital records again to find out if there are any alternative ways you can make this correction to your birth certificate since your father’s record is unavailable.

  137. I have to correct my birth certificate because my mom Sign her name wrong on my birth certificate i live in Vallejo, California
    How can I do that?

    1. Hello Juan. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Please visit the California Department of Public Health web page for more information on how to correct/amend a California birth certificate.

  138. Hola mi nombre es luz maria martinez zamora mi problema es que en las actas de mis hijas yo aparesco con diferente apellido aparece como Rivera ellas nacieron en laurel M.S que puedo hacer para corregir mi apellido ya que estamos viviendo en Mexico tendre que ir personalmente a estados unidos o hay otra manera de cambiarlo de antemano gracias

    1. Hola Luz. Para obtener más información sobre cómo corregir su nombre en los certificados de nacimiento de sus hijos, comuníquese con la División de Registros Vitales del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Mississippi llamando al 601-206-8200 o enviando un correo electrónico a VRInfo@HealthyMS.com.

  139. Hi,
    I was Born in Fiji and then Came to Nauru and lived here.. my birth certificate that i got from Fiji is different from my registered name here in Nauru. But i would like to go with my Name here in nauru. How do i go about this ?

    1. Hello Reggae. Probably a good place to start would be to contact the agency in Fiji that issues vital records such as birth certificates and inquire how to go about changing your name on the record.

  140. Hello. The birth date on my daughter’s birth certificate is incorrect. In New Mexico the vital records of Santa fe says they don’t do that and directed me to the 12th district court. Both say they can not change the date. Who is wrong? How do I go about getting this fixed?

    1. Hello David. We suggest you contact the New Mexico Department of Health for assistance at 1-866-534-0051 (Toll Free). They would handle amendments and corrections to birth certificates. It is possible they may refer you back to the court. You will need to provide documentation that the date is incorrect – perhaps a record from the hospital.

  141. My mothers ex husbands name is on my birth certificate.i have been using my real fathers last name for
    30 years how do i change it legally to my real fathers last name .?

    1. Hello Walter. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the Vital records agency that issued you birth certificate originally. They will be able to provide you with their requirements for amending your birth certificate. You will more than likely have to fill out a petition to submit to the court, provide proof of paternity for your biological father and provide your identity documentation.

  142. I moved to another state and needed to obtain my birth certificate. I went to the District of Columbia (DC) Vital Records to obtain a copy of my birth certificate and found out that my name was not on the birth certificate. My parents name was but not mine. What do I need to do to add my name to my birth certificate?

    1. Hello Doris. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Please click here to visit DC Health’s website for more information about amending your birth certificate.

  143. Hi I was wondering, if my original birth certificate has each my mom’s maiden name, and my dad’s last name how do I insert that on VitalChek for ordering a birth certificate?

    1. Hello Kaela. Thanks for choosing VitalChek! Order forms may vary depending on which state you are ordering from. Please contact us so we can assist you. You may be able to use the chat function during the ordering process. You can also send us a private message at Facebook.com/VitalChek ( this is usually the quickest way to reach us), call us at 800-255-2414 or email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

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