(a) In order to protect the integrity and accuracy of vital records, a certificate
or report registered under this article may be amended only in accordance with the
provisions of this article or legislative rule.
(b) A certificate or report that is amended under this section must indicate that
it has been amended, except as otherwise provided in this section or by legislative
rule: Provided, That the department shall prescribe by legislative rule the conditions under which
additions or corrections of minor deficiencies, including, but not limited to, the
omission or misspelling of a first name, may be made to certificates or records within
one year of the event without the certificate indicating that it has been amended.
(c) The State Registrar shall maintain a record which identifies the evidence upon
which the amendment was based, the date of amendment, and the identity of the person
making the amendment.
(d) Upon receipt of a certified copy of a court order of a court of competent jurisdiction
changing the name of a person born in this state, and upon request of the person whose
name is to be changed or his or her parent, guardian or legal representative, the
State Registrar shall amend the certificate of birth to reflect the new name.
(e) If the required evidentiary documentation is not filed with the application for
amending a vital record or the State Registrar has cause to question the validity
or adequacy of the evidentiary documentation, the State Registrar may not amend the
vital record and shall advise the applicant of his or her right to seek an order from
a court of competent jurisdiction.
(f) When the State Registrar amends a certificate or report, he or she shall report
the amendment to any other custodian of the vital record.
(g) When an amendment is made to a certificate of marriage or record of divorce or
annulment, the local official issuing the marriage license or the court ordering the
divorce or annulment shall forward copies of the amendment to the State Registrar.
(h) In addition to providing the information necessary to amend a certificate or record,
a person whose name is to appear on the amended certificate as a parent shall furnish
the social security number or numbers, issued to the parent, which must be forwarded
to the State Registrar along with the information required for the amended certificate.
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