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National Directory of Putative Father Registries

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Readers should not rely on this summary for legal advice. I strongly advise you contact an attorney in the state relevant to you for the details, requirements, consequences, obligations, and considerations concerning signing that state’s putative father registry.

A "putative father" is a man who may be a child's father, but who was not married to the child's mother before the child was born and has not established that he is the father in a court proceeding.

Relevant U.S. Supreme Court Cases

    Lehr v. Robertson, 463 U.S. 248 (1983)
    Stanley v. Illinois, 405 U.S. 645 (1972)
    Quilloin v. Walcott, 434 U.S. 246 (1978)
    Caban v. Mohammed, 441 U.S. 380 (1979)

Registries by State

Call the respective office or department to verify the information first before sending or requesting any forms, documents, or materials.

An asterisk (*) means that the state, by statute, regards a putative father’s ignorance of the pregnancy or the birth as no excuse for not registering with the putative father registry. Other states may imply similar theory through their case law, even if the statutes do not mention it.

Alabama
Arizona*
Arkansas
Florida*
Georgia*
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Minnesota*
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
New York
Ohio*
Oklahoma
Oregon
Tennessee
Texas*
Utah*
Vermont
Virginia*
Wyoming

This information is accurate to the best of my knowledge. If you find that any information is incorrect, please send corrections and updates to me at: edenstore@msn.com. Otherwise, some state’s putative father registry forms and addresses can be found at: www.technosearch.com/naked//Section_IV/appendix_k.htm

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