Table of Contents:
- How to Change a Name on a Birth Certificate in Utah
- How to Change a Name on a Louisiana Birth Certificate
- How to Change the Name on a Birth Certificate in Michigan
- How to Change the Father's Name on a Birth Certificate in Missouri
- How to Change the Name on a Birth Certificate in Indiana
Adult Name Change
Ensure that you have been living in your current Utah county for at least one year and that you are 18 years of age or older.
Obtain a copy of the form, "Department of Corrections Certification Regarding Sex Offender Registry" (See Resources). The purpose of this form is to certify that you are not a registered sex offender. Enter your birth name, date of birth, and driver's license number on the form and mail it to the Utah Department of Corrections to be completed. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so the completed form can be mailed back to you.
Obtain a copy of these forms: "Petition For Name Change" and the "Cover Sheet For Civil Filing Actions" (See Resources).
Take the Petition For Name Change form to a notary public to have it notarized. Do not sign the form until you are in the presence of the notary public. The notary public will ask to see your government-issued photo identification to verify your identity.
Gather all of your completed documents, "Department of Corrections Certification Regarding Sex Offender Registry," notarized "Petition For Name Change" form, and "Cover Sheet For Civil Filing Actions." Take all of the forms to your local district courthouse.
Submit the forms to the courthouse clerk along with the filing fee of $360, as of 2010. The clerk will assign a date for your hearing before the judge.
Attend your hearing on the date specified. Your name change will be officially granted or denied during the hearing. Return to the court clerk after the judge has granted your name change. Advise the clerk that you would like to obtain a certified copy of the name change decree.
Visit the Utah Department of Vital records. Advise the clerk that you would like to amend the name that appears on your birth certificate so that it reflects your new name. Present the certified copy of your name change decree along with the amendment fee of $25, as of 2010. You will be provided with a certified copy of your birth certificate bearing your new name.
Minor's Name Change
Ensure that the child has been living in the current Utah county for at least one year and is under 18 years of age.
Obtain a copy of these forms: "Petition For Minor's Name Change," "Cover Sheet For Civil Filing Actions," and "Consent to Minor's Name Change" (See Resources).
Take the "Petition For Minor's Name Change" to a notary public to have it notarized. Provide the consent form to the other parent or legal guardian of the minor child, so he can consent to the legal name change. The other parent signing the consent form must also take the form to a notary public to have the form notarized. Submit all of your completed forms to the district courthouse clerk along with the filing fee of $360, as of 2010.
Attend your hearing on the date assigned to you by the courthouse clerk. The child's name change will be officially granted or denied during the hearing.
Visit the Utah Department of Vital records. Advise the clerk that you would like to amend the name that appears on the child's birth certificate. Present a certified copy of the child's name change decree along with the amendment fee of $25, as of 2010. You will receive a certified copy of the birth certificate bearing the child's new name.
Obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate from the Utah Department of Vital Records. The cost of the certified copy is $18, as of 2010. There are four ways you can request a copy of your birth certificate. The quickest way is to make a personal visit the Utah Department of Vital Records. Secondly, you can request a copy online by visiting the Utah Department of Health website and clicking on "Online Services." Thirdly, you can request a certified copy by calling 866-632-2602. The fourth and slowest way to request a copy is to mail your request to the following address:
Office of Vital Records and Statistics PO Box 141012 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1012
Complete the affidavit that is located on the back of the certified copy of your birth certificate.
Return the completed affidavit to the Utah Department of Vital Records, along with the amendment fee of $25, as of 2010. When returning the form, submit a copy of documents that reflect your correctly spelled name, such as voter registration cards, church or medical records, school records, and military records.
Wait to receive a certified copy of your birth certificate bearing your new name. If you made a visit to the Utah Department of Vital Records, you will receive your certified copy on the same day as your request, unless your request is made after 5:30 p.m. Requests taken after 5:30 p.m. will be processed the next business day. If you submitted your request online, via telephone or mail, it can take up to three weeks to receive your certified copy in the mail.
Complete an application for change of name. You must submit an application to change your name on your birth certificate in Louisiana. The state provides a change of name forms at vhfla.com (see Resources for link), which can be downloaded and printed for submission.
Gather your supporting documents. If you are requesting a change due to a mistake on your birth certificate, you must send in a baptismal certificate, hospital letter or midwife letter to show your true name. If, on the other hand, you want a complete change of name, you must submit a court-ordered name change judgment, or an acknowledgment of paternity/legitimation. In some situations you may need to submit an affidavit from the parents along with other documentation.
Notarize necessary documents. Some of the supporting documents, such as the affidavit of a minor's parents, must be notarized. The signatories must sign in the presence of the notary, who will then sign as well and notarize the document. If you need help finding a notary near you, do a search by location at 123notary.com. (See Resources for link)
Request help from an attorney. If you need further help to move through the process of changing your name on your birth certificate, enlist the help of a professional. If you need help finding a lawyer, you can search for family law attorneys near you at Findlaw. (See Resources for links) You may need an attorney in order to obtain the court order for the name change or to establish paternity/legitimization. An attorney can even fill out the paperwork for you if you need the assistance, provided that you give him that right by signing an extra form to accompany the application.
Submit the application with the filing fee. Send your application, along with a photocopy of the child's birth certificate, further identification, and supporting documents to the Louisiana Vital Records Registry at the address listed on the application. A fee of $18.50 must accompany the application.
Request copies of the amended certificate. You should request copies of the amended certificate in order to accomplish your change of name on your social security card, bank accounts, tax records, and other important documents. The request can be made to the Louisiana Vital Records Registry. When requested along with your application, the fee for the copies is $9; it is slightly more if requested at a later date.
Determine your eligibility. To change the name on birth certificate you must either be the actual person named on the birth certificate and at least 18 years old, a parent of the person named on the certificate, a legal guardian of the person named on the certificate, or a legal licensed representative of the person named on the certificate.
Collect and photocopy the necessary documentation. You'll need one of the following pieces of photo ID: an unexpired drivers license or identification card from any U.S. state, or one that has been expired for a year or less; a current U.S. passport; U.S. military ID; military dependent ID or veteran's ID.
If you don't have any of those items, the Michigan Vital Records Office will also accept one of the following pieces of photo ID along with the supporting document. This includes: your employment ID along with a pay stub or W-2; a school ID with a report card or enrollment letter; a Department of Corrections ID card along with your probation or discharge papers.
If your driver's license or state ID card has been expired for more than a year, you may submit it along with a motor vehicle registration card, a bridge card, a veteran's DD-214, inmate discharge or probation paperwork, MI-Health Card or an original copy of an Affidavit of Parentage.
If you're still incarcerated you can send a copy of your Department of Corrections ID card along with paperwork verifying your incarceration on facility letterhead.
Legal guardians should include a copy of court guardianship papers. Legal licensed guardians must provide documentation on official letterhead.
Print out and complete the Application to Correct or Change a Michigan Birth Record. This form is located on the Michigan Department of Community Health website.
Mail the Application, copies of supporting documents and payment to Vital Records Changes. As of April 2010, there's a $40 fee for birth certificate changes in Michigan. Each additional copy costs $12. They accept checks or money orders made out to the State of Michigan. You can mail everything to: Vital Records Changes P.O. Box 30721 Lansing MI 48909
Ensure that there is no doubt that the name you want to place on the birth certificate is that of the biological father of the child. If the individual is not the biological father his name cannot legally be placed on the birth certificate.
If you and the father are certain about paternity, then testing is not needed. However, if either of you are in doubt you may have a paternity test done at a DNA testing facility. As of March, 2010, the average cost for a paternity test started at $400. For more information and to find a local DNA testing facility, call the DNA Diagnostics Center at 800-798-0580.
Call the Missouri Bureau of Vital Records at 573-751-6378 and state that you want to add the father's name to the birth certificate. You must provide your name and legal mailing address to receive the required form, "Affidavit For Acknowledging Paternity."
Wait for the affidavit in the mail.
Fill in the affidavit with the child's legal name, the mother's legal name, and the father's legal name. At this point, do not sign the affidavit.
Both parents must take the affidavit to a notary public. With valid photo identification (i.e. driver's license, passport, or a state-issued photo identification), both the mother and the father must sign the affidavit in the presence of the notary public. Paternity test results are not required.
Mail the completed and notarized affidavit, along with a processing fee, back to the Missouri Bureau of Vital Records: Missouri Bureau of Vital Records 1730 East Elm Street Jefferson City, MO 65101
Once your affidavit is processed, you child's amended birth certificate will reflect the legal father's name.
Fill out a petition form for a change of name with all your correct information (see Resources). This form will ask you information about reason of name change, your birth place and date, and other personal questions.
Bring the petition sheet with you to the local Indiana court house. Submit your petition and get a court order for the name change, thought you will not always get accepted. Indiana does not accept a name change for purposes of fraud and/or in violation of others. You can not legally change your name in Indiana without a court order.
Make a copy of your original birth certificate. It does not have to have the seal imprint in the copy, but all the information must be visible.
Send a check for $10 made out to ISDH, the copy of your birth certificate and the court order to the Indiana State Department of Health by mail. The state will issue you a new birth certificate after they have received and accepted the information.