Whether you made a typographical error or the hospital misinterpreted your handwriting on your child’s birth certificate, you have the opportunity to change it after the fact. In California, when you made small clerical errors, you can simply file with the Department of Vital Records an amendment to correct the birth certificate.
Amendments can only correct clerical errors made on birth certificates; they cannot change substantive facts. Thus, amendments can only change the following:
Unlike changing the child’s name entirely or deleting a parent’s name off of the birth certificate, a court order is not required. The parents merely need to file paperwork.
To amend a birth certificate, parents should submit the following items:
Although some items are optional, supplying them may expedite the process. And if you do not submit all the required papers, then your application will be returned.
Finding the necessary documents to correct errors in your child’s birth certificate may be a challenging process. An experienced family law attorney can help you navigate the system and file even file the amendment.
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