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How to Change a Birth Certificate in Florida

by Shannon McCormack

Birth certificates occasionally contain errors like misspellings and transpositions. The records may also need to be updated to add missing information or to reflect name changes, adoptions or to record a father's name after paternity is established. The state of Florida allows amendments to birth certificates if you are the parent of the child named in the record, the record is your birth record and you are over 18, or you have legal custody.

Obtain Forms

Government Buildings

Obtain copies of Florida forms DH 660-Directions for Amending a Birth Certificate Form, Form DH 429-Application to Amend a Florida Birth Certificate and Form DH 430-Affidavit to Amendment to Certificate of Live Birth. Download copies online from the Florida Department of Health website (see Resources for a link) or call the department at (904) 359-6900 ext. 9005 and request the documents.

Black Ink Pen

Complete the Application to Amend a Florida Birth Certificate using black ink.

Sign and date the Affidavit to Amendment to Certificate of Live Birth in the presence of a notary if you are only asking for a correction of existing information and you are the parent, legal guardian or it is your birth certificate and you are over 18. No additional documentation is required.

Mailbox

Gather documentation if you are adding paternity information, recording an adoption or requesting a legal name change after the child's first birthday. Depending on the change, you may need a court order, medical record, school record, census record or voter registration record.

Mail the signed completed forms, any required documentation and a money order or check for the fee to: Vital Statistics, Attn: Amendment Section, P.O. BOX 210, Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Items you will need
  • Form DH 660-Directions for Amending a Birth Certificate Form
  • Form DH 429-Application to Amend a Florida Birth Certificate
  • Form DH 430-Affidavit to Amendment to Certificate of Live Birth
  • Required documentation
  • Black ink pen
  • Notary public

About the Author

Shannon McCormack is a former high school teacher who works as writer, consultant and independent contractor. Her credentials include a double major Bachelor of Science from North Dakota State University, a Secondary Educator's license and a paralegal certificate.

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