Office of Vital Records

Change a Parent's Name on a Birth Certificate

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Parent Changed Legal Name

If one of the parents of the registrant has legally changed his or her name, their name on the registrant's birth certificate can be changed.

To have this correction made you must provide a certified copy of a court ordered name change.

You may bring the court order to the Office of Vital Records in person, or file your request by mail. If you are submitting your request by mail please include and complete an Affidavit to Correct or Amend a Birth CertificatePDF and send a copy of your valid government issued ID or you can have your signature notarized on the application. Acceptable forms of payment are cashiers check or money order made payable to the Office of Vital Records. Debit/Credit cards are also acceptable.

The fee for processing of a court ordered name change is NOT paid by the Court. The fee includes one certified copy of the birth certificate with the changed name on it. Please reference the fee schedule for the fee to amend a birth certificate.

Parent Used Alias for Child's Birth Certificate

If, at the time of birth, either of the child's (registrant's) parents was using an alias, and recorded that alias on the registrant's birth certificate, the record can be corrected.

The parent must seek a court order from a court of competent jurisdiction. The court order must establish that the person identified by the alias and the person presenting the true identity are, in fact, the same person.

Once the court issues the order, the parent must obtain and submit a certified copy of the order to the Office of Vital Records.

You may bring the court order to the Office of Vital Records in person, or file your request by mail. You must provide a certified copy of the court order with your Affidavit to Correct or Amend a Birth CertificatePDF. If you submit the request for the correction by mail, you may send a letter explaining what you want done, a certified copy of the court order, your payment by cashier's check, or money order made payable to the Office of Vital Records. You may also pay by debit/credit card. Please send a clear photocopy of your government issued picture ID as well.

The fee for processing an amendment to a birth certificate is NOT paid by the Court. The applicant must pay the fee before the certified copies can be issued. The fee includes one certified copy of the birth certificate. Please reference the fee schedule to determine the fee for an amendment to a birth certificate. Additional certified copies may be purchased.