If you are not married when your child is born, your child does not have a legal father. This service allows the father’s name to be placed on the birth certificate for a child born out of wedlock.
The father’s name may be added to a birth certificate by completing a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, if all of the following are true:
- The child has not yet reached his/her 19th birthday.
- The mother was not married at the time the child was born or within 300 days prior to the child’s birth.
- Both the biological mother and the father want to add his name to the birth certificate.
- There is no father’s name on the birth certificate.
If the answer to any of the above questions is false, a court order would be required to add the father’s name to the birth certificate.
This service is by appointment only. Please call for an appointment. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday.
For questions about Voluntarily Acknowledgement of Paternity or to schedule appointments call (423) 279-2780. This service is available at the Blountville Office ONLY.
You may also call Department of Health Tennessee Vital Records office at 1-800-457-2165 for further information.