Affidavit of Parentage - AOP

Adding a father's name to child's birth certificate


If the biological parents of the child are married and would like to add the biological father's name to the birth certificate, contact the Register of Deeds Office to inquiry about a Legitimation document.

If the parents of a child are not legally married, but wish to have the biological father's name added to the birth certificate, an Affidavit of Parentage (AOP) must be completed. If this was not completed at the hospital where the child was born, you can make an appointment with the Deputy Registrar at Scotland County Health Department. 

Please note, upon completion of the AOP, it can take up to 6 weeks for your child's birth record to be updated once submitted to State Vital Records.

The following are required to complete an Affidavit of Parentage:

  • Verification of Facts (Signed Mother's Copy)
  • Both parents must be present
  • Both parents must present valid ID (see list of acceptable forms of ID)
  • Social Security numbers for both parents

Please complete the Affidavit of Parentage Request Form or call the Deputy Registrar at 910-277-2470 ext. 4445 or to make an appointment to complete the Affidavit of Parentage.