Paternity Acknowledgement

Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity 
(VAoP)

Our Vital Records Office also handles Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity.

We will ask some key questions before we make the appointment to verify if you are eligible for the VAoP:

Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity - Parent Worksheet

Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity - $5 per copy, plus cost of new birth certificate ($15 per copy), total cost= $20**
**Please note: If a child's last name is changed during this process, it is recommended to pay for a new birth certificate for the child after the VAoP process is complete in order to show proof of a child's name change. This is an additional $15 fee. If the child's name is changed, it will be reflected on the new birth certificate.

We do not do DNA testing here. Please call 1-800-613-5768 or visit https://dnacenter.com/ for state approved DNA testing information. DNA testing kits from pharmacies may not be state approved.

For any more questions or to make an appointment regarding paternity establishment in Rutherford County, please contact us at 615-898-7880.

For more information and helpful brochures, please visit:

http://tn.gov/humanservices/article/child-support-establishing-paternity