+ How do I obtain a birth certificate? How much does a birth certificate cost?
- Birth Certificates can be ordered through the Bureau of Vital Statistics via online, by mail, or in-person. Click here for ordering and cost details.
+ We want to change the child's name. How can we do that?
If the parents are establishing paternity using the Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit, they may change the child's name on the Affidavit. The child's original name should be filled in on the first line of the Affidavit, and "Yes" should be checked next to the question "If a birth certificate for the child has already been filed, do you now wish to change the child's name?" The child's new name should be entered where it asks "If "YES", give the child's new name." (Please note: This form can only be used if the parents have not already established paternity through any method.)
If the parents have already established paternity, they need to do the following:
- If parents already completed a paternity affidavit and now wish to change the child's name, they may go to probate court to pursue a legal name change.
- If parents established paternity through the CSEA using genetic testing, they may return to the CSEA and ask their caseworker to complete and sign an Addendum to the Administrative Order to Modify the Birth Record – Child Surname form (JFS 04070), which should be sent to the Central Paternity Registry.
- If parents established paternity through the courts, they may return to the court and ask for a completed and signed Determination of Paternity (HEA 3029) to be sent