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​Acknowledgement of Paternity

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 Jonsson 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.