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Correct or Amend a Certificate

Since birth and death certificates are legal documents, the State of West Virginia has very strict rules concerning making any changes to them.  The rules vary depending on how long ago the birth or death occurred and what is being changed.  There are two types of changes to certificates.  A correction is the process of changing mistaken information on the birth certificate, like misspelled names.  Amendments are changes to the information itself.  Examples are adding fathers, changing the legal last name, etc.

To request a correction or amendment, go to the Corrections and Amendment Forms​ page, locate the correct form, and submit it to the Vital Registration Office.