Requirements for Changing Vital Records
You can apply for changes or amendments to a vital record by mail. Review the Processing Times page for more information.
Note: For adoption-related changes, see the New Birth Certificate Based on Adoption page.
An application will be rejected if it is not completed properly. When an application is rejected, it is considered closed. You can resubmit the application with corrections, and the processing time will start over.
To change/correct a vital record by mail, you must:
- Be a person qualified to make a change or correction.
- Complete the amendment form, with no cross outs, no white out, and no correction tape.
- Sign the application in front of a notary and get a notary seal.
- Provide a photocopy of acceptable ID with your mail-in application.
- Provide payment for all associated fees by check or money order made out to DSHS Vital Statistics.
- Provide the required supporting documentation.
- Submit your complete amendment application packet, containing all of the above, by mailing to the correct location.