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About Vital Registration
The Vital Registration Office is the state’s official repository of birth, death, marriage, and divorce records. These records are collectively referred to as “Vital Records.”
The Vital Registration Office verifies the completeness and accuracy of the records, corrects errors and omissions, and issues certified copies of these records (for a fee), which are required for such items as school enrollment, employment, and passports. The events Vital Registration keeps track of are
- Live Births
- Fetal Deaths (also known as miscarriages or still-births)
- Induced Terminations of Pregnancy (also known as Abortions)
Vital Registration issues certified copies of birth, death, fetal death and marriage certificates. These certificates are primia facia evidence of the event.
The state office of Vital Registration was created in 1917. Before this, counties recorded this information.
Vital Registration is headed by the state Registrar, Gary Thompson, and the deputy State Registrar, Brandy Byrnside.
It is divided in to six functional units. They are:
Registration places the incoming birth and death certificates on file after checking the forms for completeness. Registration also processes all corrections to death certificates on file less than on year and fills requests for certified copies of death certificates for new death certificates from funeral homes. Registration also processes all paternity affidavits that are filed along with birth certificates.
Does some additional checks, codes the ICD10 cause of death codes and the Industry and Occupation codes on the death certificates.
- Data Entry
Keys information into the master databases from the vital records.
Scans all vital records including some administrative files. Maintains the over 9.5 million images of certificates in the imaging system.
Corrections handles corrections and amendments to vital records.
- Customer Service
Makes certified copies of vital records and produces the Heirloom (or Heritage) birth certificates.
Together, Vital Registration processes about 20,000 births, 20,000 deaths, 13,000 marriages, 9,000 divorces, and 5,000 paternity affidavits each year.Contact Us!