(1) Administer and enforce this chapter and the rules and regulations issued under
this chapter, and issue instructions for the efficient administration of the statewide
system of vital records.
(2) Direct and supervise the statewide system of vital records and the division of
vital records and be custodian of its records.
(3) Direct, supervise, and control the activities of local registrars and the activities
of town and city clerks related to the operation of the vital records system.
(4) Prescribe, with approval of the state director of health, and distribute any forms
that are required by this chapter and the rules and regulations issued under this
(5) Prepare and publish annual reports of vital records of this state and any other
reports that may be required by the state director of health.
(6) Electronically transmit to the office of the secretary of state, on a monthly
basis, a list of any reported deaths of a person or persons eighteen (18) years of
age or older, and maintain a list of those deceased persons.
(7) Provide a copy on alkaline paper or an electronic record of each certificate of
birth, death, and marriage to the city or town clerk before the tenth (10th) day of
the month after the certificate is received by the division of vital records as authorized
(8)(i) Flag birth certificates of missing children and perform all other acts and
duties required to be performed by him or her pursuant to chapter 28.8 of title 42.
(ii) Upon receipt of information pursuant to § 42-28.8-3, provide the local registrars of the several cities and towns with that information.
(9) Direct, supervise, and control the transition from a paper-based system to an
(b) The state registrar of vital records, with the approval of the director of health,
may appoint a deputy state registrar and may delegate any functions and duties vested
in him or her to employees of the division of vital records and to local registrars
that he or she deems necessary or expedient.
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