§ 23-3-23 Disclosure of records. (a) To protect the integrity of vital records, to insure their proper use, and to insure the efficient and proper administration of the vital records system, it shall be unlawful for any person to permit inspection of, or to disclose information contained in, vital records, or to copy, or issue a copy, of all or part of any vital record except as authorized by regulation.
(b) The director of health may authorize under appropriate safeguards the disclosure of data contained in vital records for research purposes.
(c) Information in vital records indicating that a birth occurred out of wedlock shall not be disclosed except as provided by regulation, upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction, or until the record becomes a public record as defined by regulations.
(d) Appeals from decisions of the custodians of permanent
local records refusing to disclose information, or to permit inspection of or
copying of records, of persons born one hundred (100) years before the date of
inspection, under the authority of this section and regulation issued under
this section, shall be made to the state registrar of vital records.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, those records shall be open for
research to any member of a legally incorporated genealogy society and those
societies shall be permitted to incorporate statistics derived from those
records in their publications, upon receipt of permission of the director of
health; and provided, further, that no person, except the person whose birth is
recorded, his or her issue, parent or guardian, spouse, civil union and/or
registered domestic partner, grandparent, or sibling; or attorneys at law,
title examiners, or members of legally incorporated genealogical societies in
the conduct of their official duties as defined in regulations shall have any
access to, or be permitted to, examine the original or any copy of the birth
certificate or birth record, of any person in the custody of any registrar of
vital records or of the state department of health.
(P.L. 1961, ch. 87, § 1; P.L. 1972, ch. 278, § 1; P.L. 1983, ch. 198, § 2; P.L. 2014, ch. 193, § 1.)