Information for Child Support Agencies
The Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Vital Records (OVR) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Support Division (CSD) work together to assure that birth records and the certificates issued from them are accurate and complete.
The Office of Vital Records:
- Works directly with child support representatives to file documents that establish paternity and name legal parents by replacing birth records with current parentage information.
- Receives, reviews, and files voluntary paternity acknowledgement forms and other related documents. In Minnesota, these documents include the Minnesota Voluntary Recognition of Parentage, the Spouse's Non-parentage Statement, their revocation forms, and the previously used Declaration of Parentage and Husband's Non-paternity Statement. OVR also processes court-ordered adjudications with requests to replace the child's birth record.
- Processes and responds to requests from child support agencies outside of Minnesota for children born in Minnesota.
Information about adding the father to a birth record
With a Recognition of Parentage (ROP) form
When the biological father is not married to the mother, he may establish paternity via the Minnesota Voluntary Recognition of Parentage program. Both birth parents sign and date a Recognition of Parentage (ROP) form in front of a notary; to be valid, the Office of Vital Records must receive and process the ROP.
If the mother is married but her spouse is not the father, her spouse may complete a Spouse's Non-parentage Statement (SNPS) within a year after the child's birth. The Office of Vital Records must receive both the SNPS and the ROP forms to replace the spouse's name with the biological father's name on the child's birth record.
With a court order
A court order directs the Office of Vital records to add a legal parent, including a biological father to a birth record. The Office of Vital Records must receive a certified copy of the court order along with the $40 fee to change the birth record. Most courts and county offices do not forward information to the Office of Vital Records. Be sure that the parents you work with understand the services they receive and their role in updating their child's birth record.
The court order must show the child's name and date of birth as it appears on the current birth record. The court order must also state the name of the person who is the legal parent of the child and direct the Office of Vital Records to add the legal parent's name to the child's birth record.
Sometimes, an adjudication order changes the child's name. If the child's last name is to be changed, the court order must specifically instruct the Office of Vital Records to change the child's last name on the birth record.
If you have any questions about adding a spouse to a birth record with a Recognition of Parentage or court ordered paternity adjudication, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.