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How to Add another Parent's Name

Adding the name of another parent to a birth certificate, typically the father, depends on whether the mother is married. Marriage records or other documents MUST be submitted with the application. In cases where the parent has been married more than once, divorce records also must be submitted.

Marital Status of ParentYou Need To:
Mother not married during pregnancy and not married now and wants to add a fatherComplete an Acknowledgement of Paternity form (DSS 4418) or go to Family Court for an Order of Filiation
Mother married during pregnancy, wants to add spouse's name (male or female)If you were married at the time of your child's birth, complete Section 4 of the application (PDF)
Mother not married during pregnancy but now married to biological fatherComplete an Acknowledgement of Paternity form (DSS 4418) or go to Family Court for an Order of Filiation
Mother married after birth but not to biological fatherGo to Family or Supreme Court for an Order of Adoption
Mother married to a male during pregnancy but not to biological fatherGo to Family Court for an Order of Filiation

Married same sex parents also can add their names to birth certificates. The New York State Marriage Equality Act goes into effect on Sunday, July 24, 2011. New York City recognizes same sex marriages performed throughout the United States and abroad. 

Marital Status of ParentYou Need To:
Natural mother with no father on the certificate who marries another womanGo to Family or Supreme Court for an Order of Adoption to add the new parent
Natural mother with father on the certificate who is now married to a woman

Go to Family or Supreme Court for an Order of Adoption to add the new parent. The father must agree to vacate the certificate.

A single male or female who adopted the child marries a same-sex partner

Go to Family or Supreme Court for an Order of Adoption to add the new parent

Same-sex parents not marriedGo to Family or Supreme Court for an Order of Adoption