You can correct or change a birth certificate that was issued in New York City by mail or in person.

If the hospital made a mistake on your newborn's birth certificate, you must request a correction from that hospital within 12 months of your child's date of birth. There's no fee for this correction. You don't need to contact the City. If it's been more than 12 months since your child's birth, you must request a correction from the Department of Health.

You can request a birth certificate correction or change by mail.

Cost

There's a non-refundable $40 application processing fee to make most corrections. If you requested that multiple items be corrected, and those types of corrections have fees, you only have to pay a total of $40.

Payment Methods

You must pay by check or money order payable to "NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene."

Address

Mail your completed application to:

Department of Health
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street, Room 133
New York, NY10013

Application

Online

Download a Birth Certificate Correction Application.

By Mail

Request by phone that a paper copy be mailed to you.

Call 311 for assistance.

You can request a birth certificate correction or change at the Office of Vital Records.

Cost

There's a non-refundable $40 application processing fee to make most corrections. If you requested that multiple items be corrected, and those types of corrections have fees, you only have to pay a total of $40.

Payment Methods

You can pay by credit or debit card, or by check or money order made payable to "NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene."

Location

Department of Health
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street, Room 133
New York, NY 10013

The office is open Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 3 PM. Lines are shortest before noon.

You must use one of the building's side entrances. The Lafayette Street side entrance is accessible to wheelchairs and baby carriages.

Application

Online

Download a Birth Certificate Correction Application.

By Mail

Request by phone that a paper copy be mailed to you.

Call 311 for assistance.

You can check the status of a birth certificate correction or change if you submitted your request more than one month ago. If the hospital submitted the correction for you, the status will be available immediately.

Call 311 for status.

Before you can change the name on your birth certificate, you have to change your legal name with the courts.

To learn how to change your name, go to the Name Change page.

After you've made a legal name change, you can ask the Department of Health to update your birth certificate by completing and submitting a Birth Certificate Correction Application.

With your application, you must submit a certified court order that includes:

  • Your old name
  • Your new legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth

Download a Birth Certificate Correction Application.

The process for adding the name of another parent to a birth certificate (typically the father) depends on the marital status of the mother. Married same-sex parents can also add their names to the birth certificate.

Marriage records and other documents must be submitted. In cases where the parent has been married more than once, you must also submit divorce records.

You can get information about specific situations on the Birth Certificate Correction Application.

Download a Birth Certificate Correction Application.

Acknowledgement of Paternity

After a baby is born, an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) form is given to unmarried birth mothers at the hospital if they want to add the father's name to the newborn's birth certificate. If the form is completed in the hospital at the time of birth, the father's name will appear on the baby's birth certificate.

If you aren't married to the father of your baby and you didn't complete the form at the hospital, you can still add the father's name to the certificate up until the child's 21st birthday by submitting the AOP form in person or by mail to the Vital Records Office.

How to File

You can mail or file the form in person at:

Department of Health
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street, Room 133
New York, NY 10013

The office is open Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 3 PM. Lines are shortest before noon. You must use one of the building's side entrances. The Lafayette Street side entrance is accessible to wheelchairs and baby carriages.

Processing

You will receive a copy of the AOP within two weeks.

Cost

There is no fee for this service.

Form

Online

Download an Acknowledgement of Paternity Form.

By Mail

Call 311 to request a paper copy.

  • Agency: New York State Office of Children and Family Services
  • Division: Child Support Helpdesk
  • Phone Number: (888) 208-4485
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours. For help with child support, choose General Information from the automated list of options.

You can change the gender marker on your birth certificate by completing a Birth Certificate Correction Application and providing a statement from a medical provider or other health official.

Download a Birth Certificate Correction Application.

If you have any questions, you can email tgnyc@health.nyc.gov.