Q: Does a father have up to 1 year to sign baby's Birth Certificate?
I plan to give my son my last name right away and maybe change it down the road, after I see some changes in the father. How would I go about changing my sons name to his down the road? I heard I have up to 1 year to change it without a lawyer but I don't really know New Jersey law on that or how that would work.
The process is actually quite simple to change the birth certificate.
To start, go to "Correcting a Vital Record in New Jersey" at https://www.nj.gov/health/vital/correcting-vital/#2
If, you are uncertain or unable to find the correct form, you can also call 1-866-649-8726 and choose option 4 for "Questions regarding correcting your vital record".
The procedure is as follows:
Requests for corrections may be filed with the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry using the REG-15 (Application to Amend a Vital Record) or the Local Registrar in the municipality where the baby was born.
"Amending the Birth Record of a Child Whose Natural Parents are not Married to Each Other" - If the parents of a child are not married to each other and the mother wants to add the father's surname to the birth certificate, the parents can complete an REG 60 amendment and Certificate of Parentage form.
If the child carries the father’s surname but the father is not identified on the original birth certificate as the father, the appropriate amendment form to add the father’s information to the birth certificate is the REG-34 - Certificate of Parentage (COP) form.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.