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Changing or Correcting a Child's Name from Name Registered At Birth

Submit the following with each request

  1. Birth certificate order form with full name of child/registrant listed with amended names. Include signature of applicant, photocopy of applicant’s ID, and fees for records.
    For ordering short form certificates, or for births occurring after 2008, please use this Birth record order form.
    For ordering full image/long form certificates for a birth occurring prior to 2008, please use this Full image birth record order form.
    OR
    Provide an order number or document showing certificate fees have already been paid and the order is uncompleted;
  2. Original notarized correction affidavit, if required per the chart below.
  3. $35 amendment fee, if required per the chart below.
  4. Original evidence document, if required per the chart below.

Amendments listed below are the most common amendments requested. If the change you need is not listed, please contact our staff for instructions.

Age of Person Named on Record
and Type of Change to Record

Original Documents and
Signatures Required

Amendment and Record Fees

Child under age 1
Typographical errors by birthing facility

Parents: Submit copy of birth record with errors identified to ensure accuracy of amendment process.

Birthing facility will submit correction to Vital Records.

Vital Records will contact birthing facility. Birthing facility can correct keying errors but cannot make changes from data provided by parents at time of birth.

No amendment fee

Certificate Fees

Replacement Policy for Certificates

Child under age 1
Change in child's name

Parents may request a one-time name change for a child at any time under age 1.

A second change requires a court order.

Notarized Birth Correction Affidavit – signatures of both parents required if listed.

No evidence document required.

$35 amendment fee

Certificate Fees

Replacement Policy for Certificates

Child age 1 - 6

Corrections allowed:

  • Add/remove suffix (Jr, II, III, etc.)
  • Add missing first/middle names
  • Add/remove hyphen in two-part surname

Notarized Birth Correction Affidavit – signatures of both parents required if listed.

No evidence document required.

$35 amendment fee

Certificate Fees

Replacement Policy for Certificates

Child age 1 - 6

Corrections allowed:

  • Correct misspelling of name (up to 3 letters)
  • Reverse first/middle names
  • Reverse two-part surname
  • Move middle name to first name field
  • Move 2nd first name to middle name field

Notarized Birth Correction Affidavit – signatures of both parents required if listed.

Dated, original evidence document at least one year old required. Document must include complete name of child and date of birth.

$35 amendment fee

Certificate Fees

Replacement Policy for Certificates

Child age 7 - 17

Corrections allowed:

  • Add missing first/middle names
  • Correct misspelling of name (up to 3 letters)
  • Move middle name to first name field
  • Move 2nd first name to middle name field
  • Add/remove hyphen in two-part surname
  • Add/remove suffix (Jr., II, III, etc.)

Notarized Birth Correction Affidavit – signatures of both parents required if listed.

Dated, original evidence document at least five years old (or one year old if dated prior to 7th birthday) required. Document must include complete name of child and date of birth.

$35 amendment fee

Certificate Fees

Replacement Policy for Certificates

Adult age 18 and over

Corrections allowed:

  • Add missing name after existing first name
  • Add missing middle names
  • Correct misspelling of name (up to 3 letters)
  • Reverse first/middle names
  • Move middle name to first name field
  • Move 2nd first name to middle name field
  • Add/remove hyphen in two-part surname
  • Add/remove suffix (Jr., II, III, etc.)

Notarized Birth Correction Affidavit – signatures of both parents required if listed.

Dated, original evidence document at least five years old required. Document must include complete name of child and date of birth.

$35 amendment fee

Certificate Fees

Replacement Policy for Certificates

Child age 1 - 17 and adult age 18 and over

Corrections allowed:

  • Remove any part of first, middle, or last name
  • Change any part of first, middle, or last name to a new name
  • Add new first name in front of existing first name

Requires a Court Judgment of Name Change.

Changing Birth Records with a Court Order of Name Change

You may petition a court in the county in which you are a resident and request a certified copy. Court orders are retained in our files.

$35 amendment fee

Certificate Fees

Replacement Policy for Certificates

Highlighting shows a difference in the requirements by age of registrant.

Amendments listed above are the most common amendments requested. If the change you need is not listed, please contact our staff for instructions.

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