How to Legally Change a Name on a Birth Certificate

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Birth certificates are forms issued to children upon their birth. They list your name, your parent's names, and your vital birth information, such as the state, county, and city of your birth, and your birth date. You will need your birth certificate at various points in your life for reasons such as obtaining passports or enrolling in school. If you legally change your name, you may request that your name is changed on your birth certificate.

You must receive a court ordered name change form to change your name on your birth certificate.

Obtain and fill out a copy of an Application for Amendment of Birth Record to Reflect Court Order Change of Name, VS 23. This form is obtainable at your local department of health.

Include with your form VS 23 a certified copy of your court ordered name change.

Include with your application the fee required. Fees differ state to state, as do acceptable methods of payment. Check with your local department of health for information regarding this.

Take or mail your application to your local department of health or vital records department.

Your application will be reviewed, and you will be notified by mail within six to 10 weeks whether your application has been approved or denied. Processing times for your new birth certificate varies from state to state and can take up to seven months.

Warnings

  • Each state has different policies for legally changing a name on a birth certificate. Check with your local department of health for further information.
  • Only the name of the person listed on a birth certificate may be changed with a court ordered name change.
  • Parents listed on a birth certificate may not be changed with a court ordered name change. You will need to petition the Supreme Court of your state to change any of the listed parents on a birth certificate.

Tips

  • Original court ordered name changes are not acceptable; you must send a certified copy of your court ordered name change.

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About the Author

Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance. Her writing focuses primarily on articles relating to parenting, pregnancy and travel. Raiford is a graduate of Saint Petersburg College in Florida.

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