Corrections & Amendments
Requirements to correct or amend a vital record vary widely depending on the requested change.
To make sure that the proper procedure is followed for the correction you request, please contact Vital Records at (317) 233-2700, and you will be directed to the appropriate personnel.
|Amend or Correct a Record|
|Who is qualified?||Individual listed on the certificate Parent/guardian (if a minor)|
|What can be changed?||
Simple corrections that do not require a court order:
|When is a court order needed? **For a complete list, contact IDOH Vital Records**||
Legal name change
Previous correction or amendment made to the record
|What documentation is needed? **Please see Documentary Evidence List for more information**||
Documents must be over ten (10) years old**:
To correct or amend a birth certificate, please call (317) 233-2700.
For information concerning married same-sex couples or surrogates being placed on the birth record, submit a Help Desk ticket.
|What is a paternity affidavit?||Signed and notarized document stating who the legal father is|
|Who signs the paternity affidavit?||
|When is a paternity affidavit needed?||After a child is born out of wedlock and the father wishes to be on the birth certificate|
|Where can a paternity affidavit be signed?||
|How can I find a filed paternity affidavit?||Complete and submit the following form:|
For more information about establishing paternity with a Paternity Affidavit, review the *Establishing Paternity Brochure or *Estableciendo Paternidad Folleto developed by the Department of Child Services, in conjunction with Vital Records.
For questions or more information about filing a Paternity Affidavit or conducting a search, please contact Vital Records at (317) 233-2700.
To make changes to a death certificate, you will need to contact the funeral director, physician, or coroner who filed the original certificate to request the necessary changes.
The funeral director must make the changes, sign, and refile the amended certificate. The medical certifier must also sign the amended certificate. If the original signatures cannot be obtained, a court order is required.