Birth Certificate, Acknowledgement of Parentage, & Social Security Information
During your stay in the hospital after your baby is born, you will receive a five page birth certificate work booklet to fill in before going home.
Acknowledgement of Parentage
If mother and father or second parent is legally married to each other:
- Acknowledgement of parentage is not required
If mother and father are not married:
- To have the father's or second parent's name on the birth certificate an acknowledgement of parentage must be signed in front of two witnesses not related to the mother or father (can be done with hospital staff)
What it Means to Sign Parentage:
- They give up their right to a court hearing to determine parentage;
- They may establish custody and visitation rights;
- They may be required to give consent before the child can be placed for adoption;
- The child’s right to inherit from both parents is established if the Acknowledgment of Parentage is filed
with the registrar in the district where the birth certificate was filed; and
- The child’s right to inherit from both parents may be established if the Acknowledgment of Parentage is
filed only with the Putative Father Registry.
Completing the Acknowledgment of Parentage Form:
You May Not Sign Parentage if:
- The birth parent of a child conceived naturally was married any time during the pregnancy or when the
child was born;
- The birth parent is unmarried and more than one person could be the other parent;
- A court has entered a judgment or order determining parentage for the child;
- A valid Acknowledgment of Paternity/Parentage has been signed for the child;
- The child is the subject of a surrogacy agreement;
- The child has not been born; or
- There are already two parents on your child’s birth certificate.
For questions about birth certificates, Acknowledgement of Parentage, or DNA testing, please call 607-547-3254.
Acknowledgment of Parentage FAQs
Learn more about what it means to establish parentage and other frequently asked questions (FAQs) from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).