How do I add or change a parent on a birth record?

There are two processes to add or change a parent on a birth record:

Acknowledgement of Paternity/Parentage:

  • This is a legal process whereby the parents “acknowledge” (establish) a parental relationship with their child.
  • This process should only be used if you want to add the fathers name to the child’s birth certificate if he was not included on the original birth certificate.

Adjudication of Facts of Parentage:

  • This is a legal process whereby the court makes a decision as to the existence or nonexistence of the parent and child relationship.
  • This process should only be used if you want to change the father or mother from the party listed on the child’s original birth certificate.

Please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website www.cdph.ca.gov for additional information or seek legal advice.