Title 23
Health and Safety

Chapter 3
Vital Records

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-3-12

§ 23-3-12. Delayed registration of births.

(a) When the birth of a person born in this state or adopted by residents of this state has not been registered, a certificate may be filed in accordance with regulations of the state department of health. This certificate shall be registered subject to evidentiary requirements that the state department of health shall by regulation prescribe to substantiate the alleged facts of birth.

(b) Certificates of birth registered one year or more after the date of occurrence shall be marked “delayed” and show on their face the date of the delayed registration.

(c) A summary statement of the evidence submitted in support of the delayed registration shall be endorsed on the certificate.

(d)(1) When an applicant does not submit the minimum documentation required in the regulations for delayed registration or when the state registrar of vital records finds reason to question the validity or adequacy of the certificate or the documentary evidence, the state registrar of vital records shall not register the delayed certificate and shall advise the applicant of the reasons for this action.

(2) The state director of health may by regulation provide for the dismissal of an application that is not actively prosecuted.

History of Section.
P.L. 1961, ch. 87, § 1; P.L. 1986, ch. 193, § 1.