Correcting a Texas birth certificate

Due to unavoidable circumstances, you may wish to correct or change the information on your birth certificate.  To correct your Texas birth certificate, you will need to reach out to the vital records department that issued the initial birth certificate.

However, before you do, here are some tips to guide you on the correction process;

Changing a child’s name aged one year and below
It is normal for parents to want to change the names of their children after some time. In Texas, the parents are allowed up to 12 months to make changes on their child’s birth certificate. While at it, you are required to bring the original birth certificate to the vital records office in the county where the child was born. Next, you will need to fill out the necessary forms to actualize the change.

Changing a name for an adult or an older child
As this involves a legal name change, a court order is necessary. In this instance, the individual will need to provide vital information and valid reasons why they would want to effect a name change.  However, this is different from changing a name due to marriage, which doesn’t affect the individual’s birth certificate.

Error correction
In some instances, mistakes are made on the birth certificate during data entry.  These mistakes include a wrong birthplace, sex, birth date, and mistakes on the parents’ name. As such it will be necessary to get the changes done to reflect the accurate information. In this instance, you will need a form of proof to validate the change. Each scenario is unique, and the department of vital records will determine what is adequate proof to effect a change.

In most instances, spelling issues can be rectified without a court order. The parent or the individual requesting the change (if over 18 years) will simply provide information about the error accompanied by supporting documents to act as validation before the correction is made.

Changing the parentage or surname, however, is considered a legal change and will require a valid court order. The parent or the requestor will need to provide adequate information to prove that the information provided was incorrect. In such instances, it is advisable to hire a lawyer to help you out with the technicalities.

While changing your birth certificate details is possible, it is vital to ensure that you get the details right in the first instance. This will come in handy for you if you need to use your birth certificate urgently and there is no sufficient time to follow up on a change.

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