Adding father's name to birth record - MDH

Birth Records and Paternity

How long does it take to get paternity court-ordered requests processed?

As of November 28, 2016, the Office of Vital Records has completed paternity court-ordered requests received on: November 25, 2016.

Please note: The Office of Vital Records deposits fees the same day it receives them, which may occur before an order for a certificate is completed.

Getting a certified copy

  • Complete an Application for Certified Recognition of Parentage, Spouse's Non-parentage Statement, or Revocation Form (PDF). The application must be signed and dated in front of a notary public.
  • The fee is $9. Fees are non-refundable.
  • Payment is by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover), check or money order. Fees are deposited upon receipt.
  • Send the application and fee by:
      • By email. Scan and email your application to health.issuance@state.mn.us. A raised notary seal must be shaded by pencil.
      • By fax. Fax your application to 651-201-5740. Do not fax it more than once; each application will be processed as a separate request. A raised notary seal must be shaded by pencil.
      • By mail. Mail your application to:

      Minnesota Department of Health
      Central Cashiering – Vital Records
      P.O. Box 64499
      St. Paul, MN 55164-0499

    The Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service.

    If you have questions about how to get a certified copy of a filed Recognition of Parentage or other paternity form, email us at health.issuance@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5980.

Adding a father to a birth record

The Minnesota Voluntary Recognition of Parentage (PDF) form allows a biological father to establish paternity when he is not married to the mother. There is no fee to file an ROP with the Office of Vital Records. ROPs cannot be used to establish parentage for same-sex couples.

The ROP:

  • may be completed at the hospital at the time of the child's birth, or be filled out later
  • must show the child’s name and the mother's name as they appear on the birth record
  • must be signed and dated by both parents in front of a notary public
  • must be free of corrections and cross outs to avoid rejection
  • must be filed with the Office of Vital Records to be considered valid

If the mother is married to someone who is not the father when the child is born, her spouse may complete a Spouse’s Non-parentage Statement (SNPS) within the year after the child’s birth. Both the SNPS and the ROP forms must be filed with the Office of Vital Records to replace the spouse's name with the biological father's name on the child's birth record.

Parentage forms are available from county child support offices or the Minnesota Department of Human Services - Forms webpage. For more information about the ROP Program, call the Department of Human Services at 651-296-2542 or 1-800-657-3954 or visit a child support office.

If you have questions about how to file a Recognition of Parentage or other parentage form, email us at health.paternity@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5990.

A legal parent, including a biological father, can be added to a birth record with a court order. The Office of Vital Records charges a $40 fee to add a legal parent's name to a birth record with a court order. Fees are non-refundable.

The court order must:

  • show the child’s name and date of birth as it appears on the birth record
  • state the name of the person who is the legal parent of the child, and
  • state that the legal parent's name is to be added to the child's birth record.

Mail a certified copy of the paternity court order with the $40 fee to:

Minnesota Department of Health
Central Cashiering – Vital Records
PO Box 64499
St. Paul, MN 55164-0499

Court Administrators and Child Support: Replacement record after an adjudication

For more information on getting a court order to establish parentage please see the Minnesota Department of Human Services - Establishing parentage webpage.

If you have questions about adding a spouse to a birth record with a court order, email us at health.paternity@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5990.