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Delayed birth registration practices : vital registration areas of the United States
  • Published Date:

    September 1981

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    DHHS publication ; no. (PHS) 81-1106
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    This publication is intended to promote uniform practices in filing delayed birth certificates in the vital registration areas of the United States. The information contained in these tables will aid the States in evaluating their own procedures by comparing them with other States. It will also help those Federal agencies having need for such information. The first recommended procedures for the registration of delayed birth certificates were developed by a committee of the American Association of Registration Executives in 1941. These procedures were presented to each State for review and were accepted in principle by every State. Since 1941 these recommended procedures have been reviewed and revised several times, making the requirements more stringent. The most recent review was by the Technical Consultant Panel, which drafted the 1977 revision of the Model State Vital Statistics Act and Model State Vital Statistics Regulations. The basic principles of the 1941 recommendations remain unchanged. Although all States accepted the 1941 recommendations, they did not all put the recommended procedures into effect. A uniform system of delayed birth registration has not yet been achieved in this country. It is hoped that by using this publication as a source of comparison, the States will reexamine their procedures with the object of obtaining uniformity, such as that recommended by the Model State Vital Statistics Act and Model State Vital Statistics Regulations. If a more uniform system can be achieved, delayed certificates will become more acceptable as proof of birth facts and more valuable to those in the general public who must file delayedcertificates. In 1954, at the request of the Public Health Conference on Records and Statistics, the National Office of Vital Statistics compiled and published the Digest of State Practices in Delayed Birth Registration. The Digest was revised in 1972. This is the second revision of that publication. The information provided is in a simplified format for quick review and comparison.
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