Birth Certificate Corrections

Birth Certificate Corrections

CAUTION!

This process only corrects a clerical error regarding a parent's name on a birth certificate. This is not the process to change the name of the person who was born or to remove/change the named parent on the birth certificate.

FYI!

Gender changes do not require a court order.  Individuals born in Nevada can change their gender on their birth certificate by completing some forms with the Nevada Office of Vital Statistics.  You can find the forms and information by visiting their site and clicking on the "Gender/Sex Change Informational Packet." You can also call Vital Statistics for more information at (775) 684-4242.

You can learn more about correcting your gender marker on your birth certificate, driver's license, and with social security by visiting the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada gender marker change brochure.

About Birth Certificate Corrections

Sometimes a parent's name does not appear correctly on a birth certificate.  Maybe the parent's name is spelled wrong, or a middle name and last name are accidentally reversed.  When a parent's name is incorrect on a birth certificate, you can ask the court for an order to correct the birth certificate.  

If the child was born recently, the parents should first contact the medical records department at the hospital.  Explain the error, and find out if the hospital can make the correction. 

If not, follow the steps below to have the birth certificate corrected. 
 

How to Get a Birth Certificate Corrected

To ask the court to correct a birth certificate, follow these four steps:

Complete the Papers
File the Papers
Submit the Order to the Judge
Contact Vital Statistics
 

Complete the Papers

There are several forms that you need to fill out to ask the judge to correct the birth certificate.  You will also need to provide a copy of the birth certificate with the forms.

If the birth certificate that needs correcting belongs to a child who is 17 or younger, the parents must complete all of the forms in the following packet:

Child Birth Certificate Correction (pdf fillable)
 

If the birth certificate that needs correcting belongs to someone 18 or older, the child named in the birth certificate must complete all of the forms in the following packet:

Adult Birth Certificate Correction (pdf fillable)

 

File the Papers

The fee to file these papers is $270. The fee is payable by cash, money order, or most major credit/debit cards. If you cannot afford the fee, please see Filing Fees and Waivers to find out how to ask the court to waive the fee.

You can file your papers one of three ways:

  1. In Person: Bring your filing fee and the forms to the Family Courts and Services Center. You will be able to file your papers in person at the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, but you must arrive by 3:40 p.m. to see a Clerk before closing.

  2. By Mail: If you cannot come to the court during business hours, you can mail your forms and the filing fee to:

    Family Courts and Services Center
    Attn: Clerk of Court
    601 North Pecos Road
    Las Vegas, NV 89101

  3. Online: Many documents can be filed online through the court's e-filing system, eFileNV. There is a fee of $3.50 to upload your documents, in addition to the regular filing fee. You must register for an account, you must provide a valid email address, and you must be able to scan and upload your documents.

 

Submit the Order to the Judge

When you file your papers, you will find out which judge is assigned to your case.  Submit the Order for Birth Certificate Correction to the judge for approval. You can mail the order to the court, or you can bring it to the family courthouse and drop it off in person. If bringing it in person, drop it in the Department Drop Box located on the 1st floor outside the Self-Help Center.

The judge will review all of your paperwork and decide whether to approve the correction. The judge will sign the order if approved. The judge's staff will then mail the order back to you or will contact you to pick it up and file it. If you are instructed to file the order yourself, take it to the Clerk's Office for filing.

The judge may want you to appear at a hearing before making a decision. If so, the order will be returned to you with a memo from the judge's staff asking you to set a "prove up" or an "uncontested" hearing. This is a short hearing where the judge can ask you some questions before deciding whether to approve the correction. To set a hearing, fill out a "Setting Slip" and bring it to the courthouse. A clerk will be able to set a court date for you when you file the form.

Uncontested Setting Slip (pdf fillable)

Bring the order with you to the hearing so the judge can sign it in court if granted.

 

Contact Vital Statistics

Once you get your signed order, you must send a copy of your court order to Vital Statistics to have the birth certificate changed.  Please contact the Nevada Office of Vital Statistics to find out the process and any other forms you may need to get the birth certificate changed in Nevada. 

Vital Statistics may require a "certified" copy of the order before changing the birth certificate.  If so, you can obtain a certified copy of the order for a small fee from the Clerk of Court's Records Department.