Frequently Asked Questions - Name Change
- I want to change the name on the Birth Certificate. What should I do?
A court order is necessary to change any part of a baby/person's name or any part of the parents’ names except for adding a middle name (refer to the last paragraph of this section). Contact the Alameda County Superior Court - Family Division at:
2233 Shoreline Drive
Alameda, CA 94501
The Clerk's Office is open from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM or a document drop box is available from 2:30 - 4:00 PM
510-263-4311 (service is available from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM - *Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays).
A certified copy of the Court Order, the $23 fee, and a completed Amendment to Reflect a Court Order Change of Name form must be sent to the State Office of Vital Records. A copy of the amended Certificate will be forwarded to you as part of the fee. The Amendment form is available at our office or at any local California registrar’s office. But, you may also requet it online at the state Public Health Department website - www.cdph.ca.gov
Adding an infant's middle name when there is no middle name will not require a court order. However, you must fill out the Affidavit to Amend a Record form (VS-24) that is available at our office or any local California registrar's office. Send the completed form to the State Office of Vital Records. If the change occurs after one year from date of birth, you must also include the $23 fee to make the change and obtain a copy of the amended Birth record.