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.
Acknowledgment of Paternity
After a baby is born, an Acknowledgment 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.
You will receive a copy of the AOP within two weeks.
There is no fee for this service.
Download an Acknowledgment of Paternity Form.
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.