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Correcting a "Mistake" on a Birth Certificate

You may not need a court order if you only want to correct a "mistake" on your birth certificate.

An example of a "mistake" is correcting Dauid to David. This requires written proof of the mistake which may include:

  • a letter from the hospital
  • immunization records
  • doctor's records
  • school admission letter
  • religious document
  • life insurance policy

If you want to change your name, you need a court order. An example of a name change is changing June to Edna. You can use the DIY Form to make your court papers.

To correct a "mistake" on your birth certificate
If you were born within the five boroughs of New York City, contact the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Vital Records at 212-639-9675.

If you were born in New York but outside of New York City, contact the Department of Health, Vital Records Section, Correction Unit at (518) 474-5018.

If you were born outside of New York, contact the vital statistics office in the State or area where you were born.


Last updated on March 15, 2013

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