Table of Contents:
- How to Add the Father's Name to a Birth Certificate in Tennessee
- How to Add a Father's Name on a Birth Certificate in New Jersey
- How to Add a Parent's Name to a Virginia Birth Certificate
- How to Add the Father's Name to a Birth Certificate in Illinois
- Adding a Father's Name to a Birth Certificate in Pennsylvania
- How to Add a Father's Name to a Birth Certificate in Delaware
Complete the form titled "Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity." Following delivery, hospital staff will provide both the birth registration form and the acknowledgement form, which must be signed by the mother, father and a witness. Turn in the completed forms to the hospital within 10 days after the birth or mail them directly to the Tennessee Office of Vital Statistics.
Tennessee Vital Records Central Services Building 1st Floor 421 5th Avenue North Nashville, Tennessee 37243 615-741-1763
Submit a notarized Affidavit of Natural Parents, available at the Tennessee Department of Health website, signed by both the mother and father to the vital statistics office if the child's parents were married at the time of birth but the father's name was omitted from the birth certificate. Enclose a copy of the marriage certificate and a $30 processing fee.
Fill out an Application for New Certificate of Birth by Subsequent Marriage of Parents to add the father's name if the mother and father were married after the child's birth. The form is available on the state health department's website. Mail a copy of the marriage certificate, $30 fee and the notarized form, signed by both parents, to the vital statistics office.
Establish paternity with a court order of parentage if the father is unwilling to sign consent forms. Services through the Tennessee Department of Human Services assist with proving legal paternity and obtaining a court order of parentage. An application for services is available at the DHS website. Submit the court order of parentage and a Notification of Order of Parentage and Application for New Birth Certificate to Tennessee Vital Statistics along with the fee of $30.
Visit the Office of Vital Statistics or the local Registrar's office in the county where your child was born. Obtain a Certificate of Parentage form from the office you visit. This form is required to add a father to the birth certificate.
Complete the Certificate of Parentage form, which requires both your signature and the signature of the child's biological father. Depending on your marital status you may need to fill out and submit additional forms: If you are married to a man who is not the biological father, you must have your husband fill out the Affidavit of Denial of Paternity. If your husband is not the child's father and his whereabouts are unknown, you must obtain a court order of paternity stating that your husband is not the child's father --- this will allow you to list the biological father's name on the birth certificate. If you were not married when your child was born and later married a man who is not the biological father, you must submit a copy of your marriage certificate to add the biological father to the birth certificate. If you are not married, wish to add the biological father's name to the birth certificate, and want your child to use the biological father's surname, you must also submit a REG 60 form. If you were not married to the biological father when your child was born but recently married him, you must provide a copy of your marriage certificate and fill out a REG 35 form.
Write a check payable to the "Treasurer, State of New Jersey" to cover the fees for amending the birth record. As of 2011, the fee for amending a birth record is $25. The fee includes one certified copy of the amended record. Additional copies are $2 each.
Mail or deliver all of your forms and supporting documentation to the Registrar's office in the county where the child was born or to the Office of Vital Statistics at:
Vital Statistics and Registration, Record Modification Unit
P.O. Box 370
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0370
Your record is mailed to you once your application is processed and a new form is made.
Sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) form under oath. The hospital is the best place to sign the AOP before the mother and child are discharged. This free service is provided by the birth registrar at the hospital and requires the father to have a photo ID.
Present a written request and a sworn AOP form soon after the birth of the child to add a parent's name to the birth certificate. This request must be signed by both parents of a child born out of wedlock. The last name of the child can be changed to the father's last name at the parents request. These forms are available at the Office of Vital Records in Richmond, local health department clinics, local departments of social services and local child support offices.
Establish the identity of the mother and the father. Establishing motherhood is the act of giving birth to the child. Establishing fatherhood can be done through genetic testing. This can be voluntary or through a court order. The court will schedule the child, mother and supposed father for testing. Under Virginia law, test results that show matching genes of 98 percent or higher will show proof of paternity.
Determine paternity in a court of law. This is required if the mother has been married to a different man for 10 months or more before the birth of the child. If the father of the child is not her husband, an AOP form may not be used.
According to Illinois state law, you are allowed to make amendments to you or your child's birth certificate. To add the father's name to a minor's birth certificate, you must be the parent or legal guardian of the person named on the birth certificate. If the person named on the birth record is over 18 years old, they may also request a correction. Depending on when the mother and father were married, or if they were never married, the process to add the father's name will vary.
Parents Married Before a Child was Born (i.e., The Corrections Process)
Download and complete the Affidavit and Certificate of Correction Request found on the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website.
Photocopy your valid photo ID, such as a state-issued driver's license.
Check the site for applicable fees and make your check or money order payable to Illinois Department of Public Health. There is a fee for additional copies of the amended record as well as a handling fee for those orders processed via credit card or online.
Mail the completed application, copies of your identification and appropriate fee to:
Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records, 925 East Ridgely Ave., Springfield, IL 62702-2737
Parents Married After Birth (i.e., The Legitimization Process)
Obtain a certified copy of your marriage record. You can request a copy from the county clerk of the county you were married in.
Find the appropriate fee for your request, as noted on the site, and pay the amount via check or money order made payable to Illinois Department of Public Health. There is an additional fee for orders processed online and for extra copies of the amended record.
Send the two completed affidavits, the certified marriage record and the appropriate fees to Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records, 925 East Ridgely Ave., Springfield, IL 62702-2737.
Parents are not Married (i.e., The Paternity Acknowledgment)
Obtain the Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) form. You can get the form at any of the following places: child support offices, department of human services offices, county clerk's offices or at the state or local registrar's offices.
Complete the VAP together. Both parents will need to fill out, sign and date the document in the presence of an adult witness.
Send the original and first copy of the completed form to:
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Administrative Coordination Unit (ACU) 110 West Lawrence St. Springfield, Illinois 62704
Once the VAP is received and processed, ACU will send the form to the Illinois Division of Vital Records so that the father's name can be added to the birth certificate.
Keep the last two copies for your own records. One copy is for the mother; the other for the father.
It may take anywhere from 12 to 16 weeks from the date the corrections request is received by IDPH for the request to be processed. This timeframe applies to all scenarios including corrections, legitimations and paternity acknowledgments. Unmarried parents can also complete the VAP at the hospital when the child is born.
If you are a new father and not married, you'll have to jump through a few hoops to add your name to a Pennsylvania birth certificate. Your name gets included only after a court adjudicates paternity, after you and the mother file an Affidavit of Paternity, or after you marry the child's mother.
Unmarried Couples and Birth Certificates in Pennsylvania
When a married couple have a newborn, both the mother's and father's names are automatically placed on the child's birth certificate. However, when the couple isn't married, Pennsylvania law does not allow that to happen.
Under a statute that became effective in 1998, a man cannot be automatically listed on a child's birth certificate if the child's mother is unmarried. If both mother and father agree, they can file a document called Acknowledgment of Paternity with the Department of Public Welfare. In this affidavit, they both swear under penalty of perjury that the man is the child's biological father.
For children born after the effective date of the law, once an Acknowledgement of Paternity is filed, the father can just sit back and wait. The Department of Public Welfare lets the Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records know that the Acknowledgment of Paternity was filed. Vital Records then adds the father’s name to the child’s birth certificate, and a corrected birth certificate listing both parents’ names is sent to the couple.
If the mother refuses to cooperate with this procedure, the father can seek a court determination of paternity from the family court in Pennsylvania. The court will order DNA testing and, assuming it proves that the man is the father, it will be sufficient grounds to get his name added to the birth certificate.
Correcting a Birth Certificate After a Marriage
In Pennsylvania, the law takes a better-late-than-never view of unmarried parents marrying. If the biological parents of a child tie the knot, they can correct the child's birth certificate even if the marriage comes after the birth of their child. If the mother did not put someone else's name on the birth certificate as the biological father, this procedure changes the child’s last name to that of the father and also adds the father's name to the birth certificate.
To undertake this, complete a Change in Civil Status form. List both the name of the father and the new name of the child as you want them recorded on the amended birth certificate. Both mother and father must sign the form before a notary and submit a copy of their marriage certificate.
Complete paternity testing, if necessary. If a father other than the biological father is listed on the birth certificate, this is used to change the paternity as only the biological father may be listed.
Complete the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form. This form can be obtained and completed at a local Delaware Office of Vital Statistics or Child Support Enforcement office.
Submit the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity to the Office of Vital Statistics for processing (see Resources). There is no fee to process this form.
Obtain a new birth certificate, if desired. This can be accomplished through the VitalChek website (see resources) and costs a small fee.