S.'s parents emigrated from Guatemala. S. was born in the United States approximately two years ago. If you are a parent you know there are lots of work papers that must be completed for the birth certificate. It is from these work papers that the birth certificate is prepared. However, sometimes mistakes are made on a birth certificate and because a birth certificate is a legal document the parent must file an Affidavit and Certificate of Correction Request. This process is NOT guaranteed and it is not fast.
The parents of S. discovered an error on his birth certificate. The error won’t jump out at you but one letter in his second last name is wrong. [In case you didn’t realize it most children born to parents from Spanish speaking countries carry the last name of both mom and dad.] Guadalupe (our Spanish speaking bilingual) had the mother go to local hospital to get copies of the original work papers. On these papers, the name was spelled correctly (which makes us think that the error was just a simple typo).
We than completed the State of Illinois Affidavit and Certificate of Correction Request. This form is very straightforward. You list what you want corrected; How it reads now; and How it should read. We also sent a certified copy of the mother’s Guatemalan passport (the Illinois Department of Public Health requires a copy of a non-expired government issued photo identification) and the fifteen dollar fee. We also included copies of the original paperwork showing it was not a mistake by the parents but instead just a typo when the certificate was typed.
IDPH returned the paperwork requesting a copy of a non-expired government issued photo ID. A passport is a government issued photo identification. This was included originally. I wrote a cover letter—in which I called attention to the fact that the passport doesn’t expire for three years and we returned all the documentation to IDPH. This is where the process now stands. They have the documents and we wait to see if this very simple typo gets corrected.