The Georgia Department of Community Health's Division of Public Health issues birth certificates in Georgia. Occasionally, an individual will need to amend a birth certificate. Common reasons include adoption, paternity acknowledgment, name change and correction of misspellings or other errors. Georgia does not charge a fee for amending a birth certificate during the first year after birth, although a search fee will apply if you do not have a current copy of the certificate. Thereafter, a fee applies for both the search and the change.
Request a copy of the current birth certificate if you need one. Complete the request form by entering the full name, date and place of birth, current age, and sex of the individual's birth certificate. Also list the names of the father and mother as listed, your relationship to the individual and how many copies you want. Sign your form. Enclose a copy of your picture identification and a check or money order for the filing fee ($15 as of 2010). Mail or hand-carry your request packet to the Vital Records Office in Atlanta.
Circle all areas on the certified birth record that you want to have changed. On a separate sheet, explain why each area needs to be changed. Computer-generate this explanation or hand-write it legibly to avoid further confusion. Include an explanation of your authority to request the change (such as that you are the individual or the parent of the minor individual).
Enclose a check or money order for the change fee ($10 as of 2010) if you are submitting the request more than a year after the birth.
Mail the request to the Vital Records changes unit in Atlanta. They will review your request. If approved, you will receive a corrected copy of the birth certificate in the mail. If not, you will receive a letter explaining the reason the change was not approved along with your appeal rights.