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 Parentage
After a baby is born, an Acknowledgment of Parentage (AOP) form is given to the birth parent at the hospital if they want to add the other parent's name to the newborn's birth certificate. If the form is completed in the hospital at the time of birth, the other parent's name will appear on the baby's birth certificate.
If you didn't complete the form at the hospital, you can still add the other parent's name to the certificate up until the child's 21st birthday by submitting the AOP form by mail to the Vital Records Office.
How to File
You can mail the form at:
Department of Health
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street, Room 133
New York, NY 10013
You will receive a copy of the AOP within two weeks.
There is no fee for this service.
Download an Acknowledgment of Parentage 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.