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1. I understand completely how you feel about the person who raised you and he will always be more of a father than your biological father, however, Birth Certificates cannot be changed or amended to include information which is not true or accurate. They can only be changed to correct inaccurate information,
2. You can legally and formally change your name to that of the father who raised you by filing a "Petition to Change Name" with the Court. You will have no problem with that and once your Petition is granted, you will only be known by your father's last name
You would file it in the Superior Court in your County. And, if you want to do it yourself, I have just saved you at least $1,000 in legal fees, here is the form you file with the Superior Court:
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