The City of Dallas Vital Statistics is
processing Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) and New Birth Certificate Based on
Parentage by appointments only at J Erik Jonssen Library, 1515
Young St, Dallas, Texas, 75201. Both parents must be present and provide
valid identification for notarization, $6 fee. The AOP process establishes
legal paternity for a child born to unmarried parents. The AOP is a legal
document under Texas Law and has the same effect as a court order establishing
paternity. The AOP is a critical process in ensuring the child is eligible for
benefits such as Social Security, Veteran assets, child support and health
care. The fee to file the new birth certificate based on paternity is $25.00.
The additional fee for a certified copy of the updated birth record is $22.00.
Fees are paid directly to the State Vital Statistics Office at P.O. Box 12040,
Austin, Texas, 78711-2040. Further information can be obtained online
directly from the Texas Department of Health Services
Vital Statistics web page.