Division of Vital
Correcting a Vital Record
Sometimes a person finds that the information on the official record is not
complete or that some item of information on the certificate does not agree with
what he/she believes to be the facts. When this is the case, it is possible to
have missing information added, or to have errors on the certificate corrected.
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names to the certificate
WHO CAN AMEND A CERTIFICATE?
Any person may apply for completion or correction of any
certificate in which he/she is directly interested. Ordinarily, this will be the person whose
certificate needs to be completed or corrected, one of the parents or the legal
representative of the individual. If the registrant is 18 years of age or older, he/she must approve the requested change when the application is
submitted by anyone other than themselves.
WHERE APPLICATION SHOULD BE MADE?
Application to correct or complete a certificate must be made to the clerk of
the city or town in which the event occurred.
The fee for making a correction on a certificate is $10.00. This fee must accompany the application. If a certified copy of the record is desired, there
is an additional fee of $15.00 per copy. Checks should be made payable to: the
City/Town Clerk of that city or town where the event occurred.
HOW TO APPLY?
There is a special form used for the purpose of applying to amend a
certificate. This form is called "APPLICATION FOR CORRECTING OR COMPLETING
A CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH, MARRIAGE OR DEATH, (FORM VSCr)". Most applications are
made on this form. The application must be completed in triplicate and be
signed by the person who is applying to amend the record. The signature must be
For minor changes, made within six months of occurrence, a different form is
used (VSX). The town clerk will select the proper form for the particular
In addition to completing the form VSCr and having it notarized, the applicant
must submit, at the same time, suitable documentary evidence to substantiate their
statements. TWO PIECES of documentary evidence, dated as close to
the date of occurrence as possible, are necessary to correct errors of any item
on the certificate. One of the documents may be an affidavit of personal
knowledge properly notarized.
A variety of documents may be submitted to prove the facts, with some documents
more valuable in this respect than others. Always bear in mind that the
evidence presented should refer as closely as possible to the time of the event
in question, whether birth, marriage or death.
Such documents may include but are not limited to:
for Insurance Policies
family Bible Records
clippings & similar records
can be used as documentation
personal knowledge can also be useful, but they are in a less valuable category
documentary evidence cited above.
When properly prepared, an affidavit should only be made by a person who
has a first-hand
knowledge of the facts in question, and this should be
clearly stated. It should indicate the basic on
which the statement is being made, including relationship to the
applicant, relative age, and any other
pertinent information that will help to strengthen the value of the
statement. The affidavit is a supporting document not in the same category as an official record. Affidavits
should always be notarized.
Photographic copies or written statements of the information
appearing on documentary evidence can
be accepted in lieu of the original records if they are certified
by the person who has the original record in his possession.
Documents used as evidence will be returned to the applicant after
the certificate is amended.
CORRECTION OF ERRORS IN NAMES and ADDING NAMES
Sometimes a problem arises because the name which appears
on the person's certificate is not the name by which he/she is commonly known. In this case it
is necessary to determine whether the difference is due to an error on the
certificate or whether the person's name has changed by usage.
If the names which appear on the certificate were in error, the name or names
may be corrected by applying and presenting two early pieces of documentary
evidence which show the individual's correct name or names.
If there is no proof that there was an error made at the time of recording, it
will then be necessary to have the name legally changed by court order. Upon
receipt of a certified copy of a court order changing the name of a person born
in NH and upon request of such person, the city/town clerk shall amend the
certificate of birth to show the new name. "A.K.A." shall be noted
and the new name added as indicated. The original name is NOT removed from
the record. Both names shall appear on the face of the amended record.
Some older birth certificates do not show the given name of the registrant. A
certified copy of such a certificate can not be issued the name is added. This
can be accomplished regardless of the time element by having the applicant
complete and sign a form VSX which does not require documentary proof.
A missing surname can be added to a birth certificate in the same way if the
surname of the father as shown on the birth certificate is the same as the
surname being added.
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