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Paternity

METHODS USED TO ADD OR REMOVE THE FATHER FROM A BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

 

  1.  VOLUNTARY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PATERNITY (AOP)
 

The AOP is a legal document prescribed and furnished by the  Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics (OSRVS) which can be used to add the father’s information to a child’s birth certificate.

 

The form and instructions for filing the form with OSRVS may be obtained at the link provided or from our website at www.colorado.gov/cdphe 

 

 

Please read the legal advisements on the form carefully

 

a. Cross outs and white out are unacceptable 

b. The form must be signed by both parents 

In some cases, husband or ex-husband must also sign the form if married to the mother at any time during conception or birth of the child 

c. The signatures of all signing parties must be witnessed.  The dates of the signing parties and the dates of their witnesses must match 

d. This method cannot be used if a father is currently listed on the birth certificate See #5 

 

2. COURT DETERMINATION OF PATERNITY

This method is used when paternity has been established by a court of competent jurisdiction and specifically identifies who the father is for the child mentioned in the respective court order.

 

a. Upon submission, the certified copy of the court order will be retained by OSRVS 

b. A Data Worksheet for New Birth Certificate pdf file will be completed by the mother, father, or their legal representative to request the father be added and to create a new birth certificate based on their written request 

c. The registrants name may or may not be specified as a result of this order 

Registrant under 18 – Upon written request of both parents the last name can only be changed to that of the father.  Otherwise, a court ordered legal name is required to change the child’s name together with the Data Worksheet for New Birth Certificate pdf file

 

3. LEGITIMATION

This method is used when the natural parents marry after the birth of the child or were married during the birth or conception of the child but the father was not listed on the birth certificate.

 

a. A sworn acknowledgment of paternity signed by the natural parents of said child together with a certified copy of the parents marriage record may be submitted to add the father to the birth certificate 

Parents who report their marital status as Common Law marriage or Civil Union are excluded from this process

  

4. COURT ORDERED REPORT OF PATERNITY DETERMINATION
(Child Support Enforcement (CSE) use only)  Report of Paternity Determination Form (CSE use only) pdf file     

This method is used when paternity has been determined by a court of competent jurisdiction. The link provided will provide you with a form furnished and prescribed by OSRVS.  This form will only be accepted by OSRVS if it is signed by a Clerk of Court and bears the seal of the court. 

 

a. Upon submission, the certified copy of the court order will be retained by OSRVS 

b. A new birth certificate based on information provided in the court order will be created 

c. The registrants name may or may not be specified as a result of this order 

 

5. THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS APPLY TO ALL OF THE METHODS

 

a. If another man is shown as the father of the child on the original certificate, or if the mother was married to another man at the time of conception or birth of the child, a new certificate may be prepared only when a determination of paternity is made by a court of competent jurisdiction or following an adoption

b. A divorce decree is not acceptable evidence regarding paternity 

c. A $20 fee will be assessed to the record and an ID will be required upon the request for the record 

d. Vital Records staff will not witness the voluntary acknowledgement of paternity for in person customers 

e. Registrant over 18 - Name cannot be changed. This includes first, middle, last, suffix, spaces, hyphens, special characters and apostrophes. 

f. Registrant under 18 – Upon written request of both parents the last name can only be changed to that of the father.  

 

Forms 

 

Please note: Paternity forms cannot be sent to Vital Records electronically. You may mail them to:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Vital Records Section
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
HSVRD-VR-A1
Denver, CO 80246-1530