A genealogical interest shall be a proper purpose with respect to
births which occurred not less than 75 years and deaths which occurred not
less than 20 years prior to the date of written request. Where the purpose
of the request is a genealogical interest, the custodian shall stamp the
certification or copy with the words, FOR GENEALOGICAL PURPOSES ONLY.
(5) Any certification or certified copy issued pursuant to this
Section shall show the date of registration; and copies issued from
records marked "delayed," "amended," or "court order" shall be similarly
marked and show the effective date.
(6) Any certification or certified copy of a certificate issued in
accordance with this Section shall be considered as prima facie evidence
of the facts therein stated, provided that the evidentiary value of a
certificate or record filed more than one year after the event, or a
record which has been amended, shall be determined by the judicial or
administrative body or official before whom the certificate is offered
(7) Any certification or certified copy issued pursuant to this
Section shall be issued without charge when the record is required by
the United States Veterans Administration or by any accredited veterans
organization to be used in determining the eligibility of any person to
participate in benefits available from such organization. Requests for
such copies must be in accordance with Sections 1 and 2 of "An Act to
provide for the furnishing of copies of public documents to interested
parties," approved May 17, 1935, as now or hereafter amended.
(8) The National Vital Statistics Division, or any agency which may
be substituted therefor, may be furnished such copies or data as it may
require for national statistics; provided that the State shall be
reimbursed for the cost of furnishing such data; and provided further
that such data shall not be used for other than statistical purposes by
the National Vital Statistics Division, or any agency which may be
substituted therefor, unless so authorized by the State Registrar of
(9) Federal, State, local, and other public or private agencies may,
upon request, be furnished copies or data for statistical purposes upon
such terms or conditions as may be prescribed by the Department.
(10) The State Registrar of Vital Records, at his discretion and in
the interest of promoting registration of births, may issue, without
fee, to the parents or guardian of any or every child whose birth has
been registered in accordance with the provisions of this Act, a special
notice of registration of birth.
(11) No person shall prepare or issue any certificate which purports
to be an original, certified copy, or certification of a certificate of
birth, death, or fetal death, except as authorized in this Act or
regulations adopted hereunder.
(12) A computer print-out of any record of birth, death or fetal record
that may be certified under this Section may be used
in place of such certification and such computer print-out shall have the
same legal force and effect as a certified copy of the document.
(13) The State Registrar may verify from the information contained in
the index maintained by the State Registrar the authenticity of information
on births, deaths, marriages and dissolution of marriages provided to a
federal agency or a public agency of another state by a person seeking
benefits or employment from the agency, provided the agency pays a fee of $10.
(14) The State Registrar may issue commemorative birth certificates to
persons eligible to receive birth certificates under this Section upon the
payment of a fee to be determined by the State Registrar.
(Source: P.A. 97-679, eff. 2-6-12.)