For one reason or the other, a person may find it necessary to modify the details in their birth certificate. For instance, you might have noticed missing details, a misspelled word or a wrong date of birth. There are also complex situations, such as during an adoption process or when one is changing genders which require that the details in their birth certificates be altered. If you need to make corrections on an Ohio birth certificate , you will need a court order. Below are the steps you will go through before the amendments are done.

First, you need to contact the Probate Court within your county. You will be asked to fill out several forms depending on the reason for the amendment. Should it be due to an adoption, you will be required to submit a copy of the child’s original birth certificate along with the following:

  • The court order designating the name change
  • The names prior to the change and the new name
  • The court’s name and county
  • The case number
  • Final date that the change ought to be completed
  • The probate judge’s signature or that of his deputy clerk

In the event that the child’s paternity will also be altered, you must submit a notarized Ohio Department of Health Statistics Declaration form.

Parents looking to changing their child’s name due to disliking its original name or change in paternity have a period of up to 12 months to do so. After this period, they will require a court order to request for the amendment.

Once you submit your application to have the details in your Ohio birth certificate to the Probate Court, the application is notarized, and the date for the hearing of your case is set. Your paperwork is filed once you pay the necessary fees. In some cases, the magistrate hears the case immediately. A decision on whether the amendment is credible is made based on the evidence you present.

For minor corrections such as spelling corrections on the either the child’s or the parents’ names, an affidavit could be issued to make the corrections. Though an affidavit could also be used to correct some dates, not all date amendments require an affidavit. Some may require a court order.

The effected amendments do not change the original birth certificate; rather, they are attached to it. A computerized abstract is issued indicating the name change with a note at the bottom stating that the change is legal.

Can amendments to my Ohio birth certificate details be denied?

Adults requiring an amendment on their birth certificate are also required to give the reason for the amendment. There are instances where the magistrate may deny the amendments due to lack of an eligible reason.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time does not alter or amend any birth certificates. This blog is for informational purposes only.