How to Get Your Child's Name Changed on a Birth Certificate
Oftentimes in family law, there are disputes in many areas regarding the child(ren). This can include the use of one parent's surname over the other. This guide will provide a brief yet sufficient overview of how to complete the process of changing the child's name on his or her birth certificate.
Get a Certified Copy of the Court OrderBefore the judge issues a final decree in your case, (s)he will need to make a ruling on your proposed name change. After doing so, the name change will be reflected in the final decree and be considered a court order. You must get a certified copy of the court order from the county clerk where the judgment took place. This request can often be done via phone, mail, or email and requires payment of a fee (usually some nominal fee per page).
Fill Out the Required Texas Vital Statistics FormIn the "Forms" section of the Texas Vital Statistics website there is a form entitled "Application for Amended Birth Certificate based on a Court Ordered Name Change." Complete the form in its entirety to ensure the form is successfully processed. You can request that a certified copy of the updated birth certificate be sent to you after the process is complete. As of July 2015, the fees associated with this form and the sending of an updated birth certificate is $37.
Send in Documents for ProcessingThe certified copy of the court order, the Texas Vital Statistics form, and the necessary fees must be sent to the Vital Statistics Unit in Austin, Texas. When the documents have been successfully processed, you should receive a certified copy of the updated birth certificate, if the necessary fee has been paid. The updated name will remain the name printed on all subsequent birth certificates until another name change process is completed.