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Office of Vital Statistics
Office of Vital Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions - Name Change


  • I want to change the name on the Birth Certificate.  What should I do?

A court order is necessary to change any part of a baby/person's name or any part of the parents’ names except for adding a middle name (refer to the last paragraph of this section).  Contact the Alameda County Superior Court - Family Division at:

Office Location:  
First Floor
2233 Shoreline Drive
Alameda, CA 94501

Office Hours:
The Clerk's Office is open from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM or a
document drop box is available from 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Phone Number:
510-263-4311  (service is available from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM - *Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays).


A certified copy of the Court Order, the $23 fee, and a completed Amendment to Reflect a Court Order Change of Name form must be sent to the State Office of Vital Records.   A copy of the amended Certificate will be forwarded to you as part of the fee.  The Amendment form is available at our office or at any local California registrar’s office.   But, you may also request it online at the CA Department of Public Health Department website - Clique here to be redirected.  

Adding an infant's middle name when there is no middle name will not require a court order.  However, you must fill out the Affidavit to Amend a Record form (VS-24) that is  available at our office or any local California registrar's office.  Send the completed form to the State Office of Vital Records.  If the change occurs after one year from date of birth, you must also include the $23 fee to make the change and obtain a copy of the amended Birth record.


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