How to Change Birth Certificates in Kentucky

By Gwen Wark
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There are several circumstances where a birth certificate issued in the state of Kentucky may be amended. Changes of legal name, alterations to paternity, correction of obvious errors and other amendments may be made. Each situation has different requirements, such as affidavits, court judgments or forms.

Assess why you need to amend birth certificate. This can include clerical errors and transposition errors, changes to paternity or changes of legal name.

Fill out any necessary forms. For amendments to paternity, different situations require forms that can be obtained from:

Office of Vital Statistics 275 E. Main St. Frankfort, KY 40621

For situations where no father was named on the certificate but paternity is being established, fill out form VS-8. Mothers who are unmarried at the time of the baby's birth can use form VS-8B to name paternity when the birth certificate is filed. For married mothers, use form VS-8C to delete a named father and amend the certificate with the correct father's name.

Contact the State Registrar by phone at 502-564-4212 about amending clerical errors such as incorrect spellings or dates. This should be done within one year of the child's birth and needs to be requested by a parent, legal guardian or the person who filed for the birth certificate.

Obtain a court order, if necessary. This is needed to accompany name and date of birth changes other than for incorrect recording, such as when a Kentucky-born citizen undergoes a surgical gender change, or when adopting parents want to replace the names of their baby's birth parents with their own names on the birth certificate.

Submit your supporting evidence and a $10 fee for each certificate requested to:

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services 275 East Main St. Frankfort, KY 40621

Walk in applications are also accepted from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

About the Author

Gwen Wark is a freelance writer working from London, Dublin, and New York. She has been a published writer since 1998 with works appearing in both university and local publications. Her current writing projects include SEO, web copy, print and advertising features. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in history from Rutgers University.

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