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Birth Certificate: Court Order Name Change

Oregon Vital Records will not automatically change your birth certificate if a court issues a court order of name change. Under Oregon law it is optional whether a birth certificate filed in Oregon is amended by the court order. To prove your name change without changing the birth record you will need to show both an original certified copy of the birth record and a certified copy of the court order.

If your name has been changed by court order, you may obtain a certified copy of the order directly from the court that approved it. Fees vary--please check directly with the court.

Oregon Vital Records will change the name of a child or a parent listed on a birth record if the proper documents and fees are submitted. 

Submit the following in person (find our office) or by mail. 

  1. ORIGINAL CERTIFIED COPY OF THE COURT ORDER showing the original seal and signature of the court clerk. (Our office will keep this document in a sealed file)
  2. If the court order changes the legal name of a person named on an Oregon birth certificate send a PDFSIGNED STATEMENT (fillable PDF) from the person named on the record if that person is 18 or older, or the parent requesting that the birth record be changed.


    -or-

    If you are changing the name of your child based on a court order of name change for a parent, please fill out the PDFSIGNED STATEMENT TO CHANGE CHILD'S BIRTH RECORD (fillable PDF) instead of the form listed above.

    If the birth record is for a child under the age of 18 then a parent named on the birth record, the legal guardian, or the parent who has sole legal custody of the child may sign the request to change the birth certificate.

  3. PDFVITAL RECORDS ORDER FORM (fillable PDF). The order form will provide the mailing address and information on how to pay the fee.

  4. FEE of $30 for the amendment and an additional $20 for a new birth certificate. Or, you may send only $30 and return up to three original certified records issued in the last year for free replacements. If you need more than one record, additional copies ordered at the same time are $15 each.

 

For information about how to file for a court ordered name change:

In Oregon: Oregon Bar Association Name Change Information
Other States: Request information from the county or state circuit court in your locality.

 


How the birth record will be changed:

To prevent fraud, changes to names on birth records are documented. The name on the original birth certificate will be removed and the new name typed in. A footnote will be added at the bottom of the record referencing the name prior to the name change, the court order, and the date the record is changed.

If the court grants a sealed name change order, or the court order specifically requires that a new birth certificate be created, submit the documentation showing that the name change was sealed. With this documentation you may request a new birth record that does not have a footnote showing the name prior to the amendment.

Some agencies may require a birth record documenting the details of the name change. To obtain this version of your birth record, please request a "long form" copy when you order your record. Some agencies may also require you to provide a certified copy of the court order of name change to change your name in their records.