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Correcting or Amending a Birth Certificate

An Affidavit to Amend a Record VS 24 (PDF) form is required to:

  • Correct spelling errors
  • Add the child's first, middle, or last name to blank fields
  • Correct typographical or spelling errors for parents' name
  • Add an AKA (also known as) for the parent after a Court Order Name Change or name change obtained through the naturalization process

For additional information please see the informational pamphlet Affidavit to Amend a Birth Record and checklist (updated information forthcoming).

Supporting Documents

Supporting documents are used to support the information being amended.  Acceptable documents include copies of the following:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Passports
  • Certified copy of Court Orders (if required for amendment)
  • Immigration documents
  • Hospital records

Sworn Statement

A notarized Sworn Statement is required if a certified authorized copy of the amended certificate is requested. For explanation of who may receive a certified authorized copy view this link.

Amendment Fees

  • Within the first year from date of birth: There is no fee to amend a certificate.  However, to receive a certified copy of the amended certificate there is a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) per certified copy.
  • Any time after the first year of birth: There is a twenty-three dollar ($23) processing fee, which includes one certified copy of the amended certificate.  Additional certified copies are twenty-five dollars ($25) each

Processing Times

CDPH-VR processing times may occasionally increase as do the volume of requests.

Currently Birth Amendments are processed within six (6) to eight (8) weeks from the date CDPH-VR receives the request.

Helpful Tips

  • Complete all documents in black ink
  • No erasures, alterations or whiteouts are allowed on the VS 24 form
  • This will create a multi-page certificate with the amendment attached

Helpful Links

Informational Pamphlet Affidavit to Amend a Birth Record and checklist (updated information forthcoming)

Affidavit to Amend a Record VS 24 (PDF) form

Amendment Sworn Statements (English) (Spanish)

Other Amendment Types

Court Order Name Change

Correcting a Sex Field Error

Sex Change/Reassignment


Acknowledgement of Paternity/Parentage

Adjudication of Paternity

Supplemental Name Report

Death/Fetal Death


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