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: