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'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 Superior Court at (510) 891-6028 located at 1225 Fallon Street, Room 109, Oakland, CA 94612 to obtain information about the court order.
A certified copy of the Court Order, the $20 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.
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 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 $20 fee to make the change and obtain a copy of the amended Birth record.