In countries around the world, census or "vital statistics" data relating to births are primarily handled/managed through local governments with offices that collect, distribute, alter and store this data typically known as "offices of Vital Statistics" or "Vital Records." Once you have located the contact information for the office in the region of your birth, you can easily acquire the application details and complete the application process for getting your father's name added to your birth certificate.
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Things you need
- Vital Records information
- Supporting documentation
Visit your country's government web portal and conduct a keyword search and/or click any links relating to "Birth Certificates," "Census Data," "Vital Records" or "Vital Statistics." Typically, this search results in general instructions and a list of links to all states, provinces, territories and/or municipalities in a country. For example, if you live in the United States, you would go to USA.gov, conduct a keywords search for "birth certificate" and the first link goes directly to the Vital Records by State and Territory web page.
Narrow your search to find the web page/contact information for the office of Vital Statistics/Records in the region of your birth.
Read the application instructions for a new birth certificate based on parentage and/or call the office of Vital Statistics/Records to determine the exact requirements. Typical requirements include an application signed by both parents (if living) and witnessed/affirmed by an approved/certified party; and the inclusion of a document verifying the paternity. Permissible documents usually include a marriage license of biological parents, certified court decree establishing the biological connection or a certified "Acknowledgment of Paternity" form.
Request the assistance of official agencies to acquire the documentation you need. For example, to acquire an "Acknowledgement of Paternity" form, you and your father must consult with a person officially certified to explain to your father his rights and responsibilities if he signs the form. With your father's approval, this official certifies witnessing your father's acknowledgement and signature using a licensed number, certification code/number and/or a stamp.
Complete the application. Include your full name at birth, date of birth, place of birth and father's full name.
Gather your vital records and supporting documentation and submit to the office of Vital Statistics/Records using the required method (web form, e-mail, mail or fax) for the region. For example, many regions don't allow faxing or e-mailing copies of supporting documentation for security reasons.
Tips and warnings
- Many regional web pages don't use English text. Use a website translation application, retain the services of a translator or return to the country's government web portal and use visitor's or general contact information if you need additional assistance.
- If your father is deceased, you must acquire a court decree before applying for an updated birth certificate.
- If sending a request by mail internationally, always include International Reply Coupons to cover the return mailing cost of your birth certificate.
- Always include any application, processing and/or copy fees with your request.
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