Adding a father to a birth certificate is a two-step process. First, you must establish paternity and then submit the correct form to the Texas Vital Statistics office.
STEP 1: ESTABLISH PATERNITY
In order to add a father's name to a birth certificate, he must first be established as the child’s legal father. Read more on our Paternity page.
STEP 2: COMPLETE THE TEXAS VITAL STATISTICS FORM VS-170 - APPLICATION BASED ON PARENTAGE
In order to add the name of the father on a birth certificate, you will need to follow the instructions provided by the Texas Vital Statistics Office:
Application for a New Birth Certificate based on Parentage (Correcting a Birth Certificate)