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Processing Time:

Once the application is submitted to the State Office of Vital Records, processing time for Birth Certificate Amendments is approximately 4-6 weeks.

Documents:

In order to Amend a Birth Certificate, you must have at least 1 of the following documents.  All documents must be certified or notarized and they should all have the same spelling of your name and the same date of birth.  For females, all of the documents must include your maiden name.  All of the documents must be at least 10 years old and 1 of the documents should include your father's full name and your mother's full maiden name.  The following are suggested examples of the types of documents needed and should not be construed as a complete list:

 

Marriage Record  Certified copy of Marriage License Application obtained in the county where the license was procured. 
Child's Birth Certificate  Certified copy of registrant's child's Birth Certificate obtained from Vital Records Office. 
School Record  Certified transcript from County School Board or Registration Office. 
Immunization Record  Certified transcript from County Health Department where immunizations were received. 
Hospital Record  Transcript or statement frmo Medical Records Department on hospital/physician's letterhead. 
Voter's Registration  Certified statement/application from the Office of the Secretary of State. 
Military Record  DD214 
Insurance Record  Certified statement from home office or agent detailing information given when registrant first appled for insurance. Life Insurance Policy. 
Employment Record  Statement on company letterhead from personnel office detailing the date employment began, full name and date/place of birth. 
Driving Record  Certified record from Department of Public Safety showing the information recorded when registrant applied for a Driver's License.  Registrant's current Driver's License will not be sufficient.

Common Corrections and What is Needed:

Most amendments only require one piece of evidentiary documentation provided it meets the guidelines set forth by the State Office of Vital Records.

 

Spelling of/omitted first or middle name
Record should show the name as it should be on the certificate, the registrant's date of birth, and where/when the record was filed.  Record must be at least 5 years old.
 
Gender
Record should indicate the name of the registrant, date of birth and the correct sex, as well as where/when the record was filed.  Record must be at least 5 years old.
 
Hospital Information
A statement/record from the hospital on the hospital's letterhead stating the changes needed to the record.
 
Parents' Information
To correct spelling of name, birthdate, or place of birth, a certified copy of the parent's birth certificate should be provided.  If not in English, a certified translation should also be obtained.
 
Spelling of Surname
Record must have been created before the registrant's 7th birthday.  A parent or sibling's birth certificate can be used if it fulfills that requirement.
 
Date of Birth
Record must show the registrant's full name and date of birth, and indicate where and when the record was filed.  This can amend the date of birth by no more than 1 year prior to the file date and should have been created prior to the registrant's 7th birthday.

Procedure to Amend Birth Certificate:

First, you must complete a Georgia Department of Vital Records application and provide all documentary evidence to submit with the application.  We will submit the application on your behalf for a cost of $25.00.

 

If we submit the application for you, we retain the original documents you provide to us until your case is complete, then we will return the original documents to you.  If you choose to submit the application to Vital Records yourself, you must provide the original documents to Georgia Vital Records with your application.  The original documents will not be returned to you.

 

Once you provide all documents to us, we will send the application to the Georgia Department of Vital Records.  We have to wait on them to provide either an approval or denial.  The average wait time to hear back from Vital Records on this step is about 4-6 weeks.

 

If your application is denied, you may then file a Petition to Amend Birth Certificate.  The filing fee is $85.50.  The Petition allows Judge Powell to determine whether to enter an Order to Amend Certificate of Birth.  We will use the documents already provided if we submit the application on your behalf.  If you submitted the application yourself, you will need to provide the documents again.

 

If Judge Powell orders that a Birth Certificate should be amended, the Final Order is sent to the Georgia Department of Vital Records for them to process.  The average wait time for the Birth Certificate to be amended is 4-6 weeks after we send the Order.

 

We will notify you when your Birth Certificate is available.  You will have to pay an additional $25.00 for a certified copy of your Birth Certificate.

Fees:

  • Fee for Probate Court to submit Application to State Vital Records - $25.00
  • Petition to Amend Birth Certificate - $85.50
  • Certified Copy of Birth Certificate - $25.00 for the first certified copy and $5.00 for each additional, ordered for the same person at the same time.

We Accept

   

 

We accept cash, money orders, local Henry County checks (must be over number 500, no starter checks), MasterCard and Visa debit/credit cards (card processing fee will apply).

Fees

There is no fee to Amend a Birth Certificate if the child is under 1 year old.