Changes to parentage on a birth certificate require an Adjudication of Facts of Parentage VS 21 (PDF) form and a court order. The adjudication order is issued by the court and must:
For further information please see the informational pamphlet Adjudication of Facts of Parentage (PDF) and checklist.
An Acknowledgement of Paternity/Parentage is utilized when adding a parent to a blank space on the birth certificate. Both parents must be available to sign the VS 22 (PDF) form.
Supporting documents are used to support the information being amended. Acceptable documents include copies of the following:
A certified court order is required when submitting an Adjudication of Facts of Parentage.
A “certified” copy of the court order must be a copy of the order that was originally prepared by the court. It cannot be an original printout. The photocopy you receive from the court must have all of the following:
CDPH-VR processing times may occasionally increase as do the volume of requests.
Currently Adjudication of Facts of Parentage are processed within six (6) to eight (8) weeks from the date CDPH-VR receives the request.
Informational Pamphlet Adjudication of Facts of Parentage (PDF) and checklist
Adjudication of Facts of Parentage VS 21 (PDF) form
Court Order Name Change pamphlet/form/checklist
New Birth Certificate After Sex Change Reassignment pamphlet/form/checklist
Correcting a Sex Field Error pamphlet/form/checklist
Marriage Certificates pamphlet/form/sample/checklist
Adoption Process pamphlet/form/sample/checklist
Acknowledgement of Paternity pamphlet/form/sample/checklist
Death and Fetal Death pamphlet/form/sample/checklist
Delayed Registration of Birth pamphlet/form/checklist
Court Order Delayed Certificate of Marriage pamphlet/form/sample
Court Order Delayed Certificate of Birth pamphlet/form/sample
Court Order Delayed Certificate of Death pamphlet/form/sample
Court Order Delayed Certificate of Fetal Death pamphlet/form
Supplemental Name Report – Birth pamphlet/form/checklist