If you need to correct a certificate of birth, death, or marriage, you may need to get a court order. You can do this through the probate division.

Birth Certificates

There are different ways to change a birth certificate in Vermont. In most cases the original birth certificate is simply corrected. In a few cases, either a new birth certificate or delayed birth certificate is issued.

To request a corrected, new, or delayed birth certificate, you must file a petition:

You must also file a certified copy of the original birth certificate and any evidence supporting the correction or change, along with a filing fee.

Corrected Birth Certificate

If the date of birth was more than six months ago, any change including correction of a minor error or a birth certificate must be made by filing a petition in the probate division in the county where the person was born. A corrected birth certificate is possible in circumstances except those outlined below for new or delayed birth certificates.

New Birth Certificate

By law, a new birth certificate for someone born in Vermont may be issued in the following circumstances:

  • If the parents of the person who is the subject of the birth certificate were not married at the time of the child's birth but later married, and the father acknowledged the child as his, see 18 V.S.A. section 5077.
  • If the birth information forms provided by the Department of Health did not permit listing of both parents because the form required that the parents be of different genders, see 18 V.S.A. section 5077a.
  • For a change of gender marker on your birth certificate, see 18 V.S.A. section 5112. You must also file with the court an affidavit from a licensed physician to validate completion of the gender transition. The new certificate will be substituted for the original birth certificate in official records. It will not show that a change of name or sex, or both, has been made. Records relating to the process of getting a new birth certificate will remain confidential. You can still have access to your records. And you may authorize the state registrar to confirm that, following a court order, it has issued a new birth certificate that reflects a change in name or sex, or both.

Delayed Birth Certificate

A delayed birth certificate may be issued only in cases where a person was born in Vermont and no certificate of birth was filed during the first year following birth.

Death Certificates

To request a correction or delayed death certificate, you will need to complete the Petition for Correction of Death Record form:

You must also file a certified copy of the death certificate and provide evidence about the correction(s). Possible evidence includes: birth certificate, funeral records, medical records, police reports, and/or any other official documents that support the corrections needed. Whenever possible, please file certified copies (with official signature and raised seal) of all evidentiary documents.

You may mail the petition or deliver it to the probate division. If you mail the petition, please include the filing fee.

Marriage Certificates

To request a correction or delayed marriage certificate, you will need to complete the Petition Correction Marriage Record form:

You must also file a certified copy of the marriage certificate and provide evidence about the correction(s). Possible evidence includes: birth certificate, baptismal certificate, medical records, school records, and/or any other official documents that support the corrections needed. Whenever possible, please file certified copies (with an official signature and raised seal) of all evidentiary documents.

You may mail the petition or deliver it to the probate division. If you mail the petition, please include the filing fee.