Office of Vital Records

Change a Child's Name on a Birth Certificate

Changing the name of the registrant when the registrant already has a name on the birth certificate

Arizona Revised Statute A.R.S. § 36-337 and Arizona Administrative Code A.A.C. R9-19-118 permits the change of the registrant’s name within the first year following birth. After one year these laws require a court order to make this change. A.A.C. R9-19-120 also requires a court order to change the registrant's name on a delayed birth certificate.

A.R.S. § 36-323 and A.A.C. R9-19-116 restricts the list of people who may request corrections or amendments to birth certificates. Only the registrant (if the registrant is 18 years of age or older), the parent or legal guardian (if the registrant is under the age of 18) may submit a request to change the registrant’s name.

Birth to Three (3) Months After Birth

The following is required to amend the registrant’s name:

  1. The Affidavit to Correct or Amend a Birth Certificate must be completed and the form must be signed in the presence of a notary.
  2. A completed and signed Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate application.
  3. A copy of the front and back of your valid government issued picture identification which bears your signature or have your signature notarized on the Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate Application.
  4. The amendment fee. Please reference the fee schedule for the appropriate fee. Acceptable payment mothids are cashier’s checks, money orders, Visa, or Mastercard. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. Cashier’s checks and money orders must be for the exact amount and made payable to the Office of Vital Records. If you pay by credit/debit card, you must include the full card number and expiration date on your application.

Three (3) Months to Less Than One (1) Year After Birth

  1. The Affidavit to Correct or Amend a Birth Certificate must be completed and the form must be signed in the presence of a notary.
  2. At least one independent factual document established within the first six months after the registrant’s birth that support the changes requested on the affidavit.
  3. A completed and signed Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate.
  4. A copy of the front and back of your valid government issued picture identification which bears your signature or have your signature notarized on the Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate Application.
  5. The amendment fee. Please reference the fee schedulefor the appropriate fee. Acceptable payment mothids are cashier’s checks, money orders, Visa, or Mastercard. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. Cashier’s checks and money orders must be for the exact amount and made payable to the Office of Vital Records. If you pay by credit/debit card, you must include the full card number and expiration date on your application.

Please note: The independent factual document corroborating the registrant's name must have been created within the first six months following the registrant's birth. Examples of what may be accepted include but are not limited to: the registrant's baptismal record, blessing certificate, immunization record (not the immunization book), hospital record, medical record, etc. The document must show the registrant's full name and date the document was created.

One (1) Year or More After Birth

A certified, court ordered name change is required to change the registrant’s name one year or more after the registrant’s birth. The following must be submitted to initiate the change to the birth record:

  1. The court ordered name change that has been certified by the court where the proceeding was finalized.
  2. A completed Affidavit to Correct or Amend a Birth Certificate form may be required (optional) if the court order referenced in #1 above does not clearly specify the name(s) that should be listed in the first, middle, last and suffix fields on the birth certificate. This form must be signed in the presence of a notary.
  3. A completed and signed Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate.
  4. A copy of the front and back of your valid government issued picture identification which bears your signature or have your signature notarized on the Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate Application.
  5. The amendment fee. Please reference the fee schedule for the appropriate fee. Acceptable payment methods are cashier’s checks, money orders, Visa, or Mastercard. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. Cashier’s checks and money orders must be for the exact amount and made payable to the Office of Vital Records. If you pay by credit/debit card, you must include the full card number and expiration date on your application.

Please note, if both parents are listed on the registrant’s birth certificate and the registrant is under the age of 18, both parents must sign the Affidavit to Correct in the presence of a notary to confirm both parents are aware and in agreement with the name change.

Adding the name (first and middle) of the registrant to the birth certificate

If the parents do not provide a first and middle name for the registrant at birth, the birth certificate will be registered and list the registrant’s first name as “Not Named” and the last name as either the mother’s name prior to her first marriage or the mother’s or father’s current legal last name. A.R.S. § 36-323 and A.A.C. R9-19-118 allow the parents to name the registrant at a later date but the documents required to affect the change varies depending on how long the parent waits to add the name.

No amendment fee shall be charged for adding only the registrant’s name if completed within one year from the date of birth. One year or more after the registrant’s birth, the amendment fee will be charged. Please reference the fee schedule.

Adding the registrant’s name (first and middle name) within the 90 days following birth

The following is required to add the first and middle name to the birth certificate:

  1. The Affidavit to Correct or Amend a Birth Certificate form. The form must be completed and signed in the presence of a notary by the parents listed on the birth certificate.
  2. A completed and signed Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate.
  3. A copy of the front and back of your valid government issued picture identification which bears your signature or have your signature notarized on the Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate Application.
  4. The amendment fee. Please reference the fee schedule for the appropriate fee. Acceptable payment methods are cashier’s checks, money orders, Visa, or Mastercard. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. Cashier’s checks and money orders must be for the exact amount and made payable to the Office of Vital Records. If you pay by credit/debit card, you must include the full card number and expiration date on your application.
  5. Pre-paid postage envelope

Adding the registrant’s name (first and middle) 90 days but less than six years following birth

The following is required to add the first and middle name to the birth certificate:

  1. The Affidavit to Correct or Amend a Birth Certificate signed by the parents listed on the birth certificate.
  2. One independent factual document that supports the name change of the registrant listed on the affidavit. The independent factual document corroborating the registrant's name must have been created within the first six months following the registrant's birth.
  3. A completed and signed Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate.
  4. A copy of the front and back of your valid government issued picture identification which bears your signature or have your signature notarized on the Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate Application.
  5. The amendment fee. Please reference the fee schedule for the appropriate fee. Acceptable payment methods are cashier’s checks, money orders, Visa, or Mastercard. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. Cashier’s checks and money orders must be for the exact amount and made payable to the Office of Vital Records. If you pay by credit/debit card, you must include the full card number and expiration date on your application.
  6. Pre-paid postage envelope

Adding the registrant’s name (first and middle) six years or more following birth

The following is required to add the first and middle name to the birth certificate:

  1. A certified court ordered name change is required to add the first and middle name to the certificate.
  2. A completed and signed Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate.
  3. A copy of the front and back of your valid government issued picture identification which bears your signature or have your signature notarized on the Arizona Vital Records Request for Copy of Birth Certificate Application.
  4. The amendment fee. Please reference the fee schedule for the appropriate fee. Acceptable payment methods are cashier’s checks, money orders, Visa, or Mastercard. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. Cashier’s checks and money orders must be for the exact amount and made payable to the Office of Vital Records. If you pay by credit/debit card, you must include the full card number and expiration date on your application

Examples of independent factual documents include but are not limited to: the registrant's baptismal record, blessing certificate, immunization record, hospital record, medical record, etc. The document must show the registrant's complete and full name, and date the document was created.

The local county health department Office of Vital Records provides services to correct or amend birth records 1997 to the present year. Walk-in service is also provided.

Only the State Office of Vital Records provides services to correct or amend births that occurred prior to 1997, foreign born and delayed birth certificates. You may submit your request by mail or you may call to schedule an appointment at 602-364-2428. Same-day walk-in service is no longer provided.