Office of Vital Statistics
Office of Vital Statistics

Declaration of Paternity Appointment

 

A Declaration of Paternity form is used to legally estabish the paternity (the father) of a child when the mother and the father are not married to each other.   It should be signed by the biological mother only if she is not married.  It may be signed by the biological father regardless of his marital status.  Signing the Declaration of Paternity is a voluntary act, and by doing so you are will be giving up some rights that you may have, including the right to a court trial to decide the issue of paternity.   For a detailed and complete information about your rights, please refer to the Declaration of Paternity form or consult an attorney.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No.  You may just walk in and request the forms, however many people have difficulties on filling those forms out, and they end up making mistakes and having to do it all over.   For that reason, we highly recommend that you come in at least 30 minutes prior to closing time and request one of our staff to review your documents for accuracy.  It's a simple process for us, and it's free of charge as well.  

The following information is needed if you intend to come to fill out the paperwork:

Child's Information (please retrieve this information directly from the Birth Certificate):

  • First, middle and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Place of birth (usually hospital name)
  • City of occurrence
  • County of occurrence

Father's Information:

  • First, middle and last name 
  • Date of birth
  • State of birth (or country if outside of US)
  • Contact number
  • Social Security Number 
  • Address (#, street, city, state, zip code)

Mother's Information (please retrieve this information directly from the Birth Certificate):

  • First, middle and last name
  • Date of birth
  • State of birth
  • Contact number
  • Social Security Number 
  • Address (#, street, city, state, zip code)

 

Office hours for Declaration of Paternity: 

MON-THU
9:30AM to 3:30PM


 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Plan accordinly and allow yourself at least 30min prior to closing time, so we can review your documents.  
  2. No appointments are needed.  
  3. First come first serve basis.
  4. There is a fee of $20 that needs to be sent along with the documents to the CA Department of Public Health.  Our office do not charge anything for reviewing and witness you signing the documents.

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STATE MANUALS

Acknowledgement of Paternity Application Form

 

 

 

 

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