CHAPTER 93
REGISTRARS OF VITAL STATISTICS

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Sec. 7-45. Preparation of certificates.
Sec. 7-48a. Filing of birth certificate. Replacement certificate.
Sec. 7-68. Issuance of disinterment or removal permit.
Sec. 7-69. Removal of body of deceased person.

      Sec. 7-45. Preparation of certificates. Each person making any certificate of birth, marriage, civil union, death or fetal death, or any copy of such certificate for the commissioner, or any sexton's report required by law, shall cause the same to be typewritten or printed in a legible manner as to all material information or facts required by the provisions of sections 7-48, 7-60 and 7-62b, and sections 46b-25 and 46b-29 to 46b-30, inclusive, or sections 46b-38hh to 46b-38jj, inclusive, and contained in such certificate. If the certificate is in paper format, such person shall sign the certificate in black ink, shall state therein in what capacity such person so signs, and shall type or print in a legible manner the name of each person signing such certificate, under such person's signature. If the certificate is in an electronic format, such certificate shall be authenticated by the electronic vital records system of the department. Any certificate not complying with the requirements of this section shall be returned by the registrar with whom it is filed to the person making the same for the proper correction.

      (1949 Rev., S. 567; 1953, S. 231d; 1967, P.A. 313, S. 11; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 79-434, S. 18; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 01-163, S. 7; P.A. 03-188, S. 1; P.A. 05-10, S. 16.)

      History: 1967 act replaced reference to Sec. 46-5 with reference to Secs. 46-5b to 46-5h (later transferred to Secs. 46b-25 to 46b-27 and 46b-29 to 46b-31); P.A. 77-614 substituted commissioner of health services for commissioner of health, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 79-434 deleted reference to repealed Sec. 7-62 and added reference to Sec. 7-62b; (Revisor's note: In 1993 an obsolete reference to repealed Sec. 46b-31 replaced editorially by the Revisors with reference to Sec. 46b-30); P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 01-163 made technical changes and added provision re fetal death, reference to Sec. 7-60 and provision re authentication of certificate in electronic format; P.A. 03-188 deleted reference to repealed Secs. 46b-26 and 46b-27; P.A. 05-10 applied provisions to a civil union certificate and added reference to Secs. 46b-38hh to 46b-38jj, inclusive.

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      Sec. 7-48a. Filing of birth certificate. Replacement certificate. On and after January 1, 2002, each birth certificate shall be filed with the name of the birth mother recorded. Not later than forty-five days after receipt of an order from a court of competent jurisdiction, the Department of Public Health shall create a replacement certificate in accordance with the court's order. Such replacement certificate shall include all information required to be included in a certificate of birth of this state as of the date of the birth. When a certified copy of such certificate of birth is requested by an eligible party, as provided in section 7-51, a copy of the replacement certificate shall be provided. The department shall seal the original certificate of birth in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of section 19a-42. Immediately after a replacement certificate has been prepared, the department shall transmit an exact copy of such certificate to the registrar of vital statistics of the town of birth and to any other registrar as the department deems appropriate. The town shall proceed in accordance with the provisions of section 19a-42.

      (P.A. 01-163, S. 28; P.A. 04-255, S. 28; P.A. 05-272, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 04-255 added provisions re filing of birth certificate with name of birth mother recorded, creation and contents of replacement certificate, process for copy of replacement certificate, sealing of original certificate and transmittal of replacement certificate to registrar, effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 05-272 deleted "contain the name of the birth mother, except by the order of a court of competent jurisdiction, and".

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      Sec. 7-68. Issuance of disinterment or removal permit. On receipt by the registrar of vital statistics of any town of a certificate of death containing the facts required by section 7-65 for a permit for burial, or when it appears that such certificate is already a matter of record, or that the original burial permit, by virtue of which the body of any deceased person was brought into such town, is on file or recorded in such registrar's office, the registrar, upon request, shall issue a permit for the disinterment or removal of such body to a licensed funeral director or embalmer or to an individual designated on an order from a judge of the Superior Court or judge of probate, as provided in section 19a-413, stating therein the locality of the interment, disinterment or removal; but no permit for the disinterment of the body of any deceased person shall be issued in any case where death was caused by a communicable disease, except by the permission and under the direction of the town director of health.

      (1949 Rev., S. 592; P.A. 79-434, S. 10; P.A. 04-255, S. 9; P.A. 05-272, S. 13.)

      History: P.A. 79-434 deleted reference to funeral director's certificate; P.A. 04-255 specified that the disinterment or removal permit be issued to responsible funeral director or embalmer or to individual designated in court order; P.A. 05-272 deleted reference to issuance of disinterment or removal permit to the responsible funeral director or embalmer listed on the death certificate or burial permit and authorized issuance of permit on order of a probate judge, effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 7-69. Removal of body of deceased person. No person except a licensed embalmer or funeral director licensed by the department, or licensed in a state having a reciprocal agreement on file with the department and complying with the terms of such agreement, shall remove the body of a deceased person, except that once the body of a deceased person has been embalmed or prepared in accordance with the Public Health Code and applicable provisions of the general statutes, a licensed embalmer or funeral director may authorize an unlicensed employee to transport such body. No person except a licensed embalmer or funeral director licensed by the department, or licensed in a state having a reciprocal agreement on file with the department, shall remove the body of any deceased person from this state to another state until a burial transit removal permit has been issued in accordance with section 7-65. No burial transit removal permit shall be issued unless the death certificate has been signed by a licensed embalmer or funeral director licensed by the department, or licensed in a state having a reciprocal agreement on file with the department and complying with the terms of such agreement. In the case of a deceased person who, at the time of death, had a communicable disease specified by the Public Health Code, the permit shall certify that the body was prepared in accordance with the regulations of the Public Health Code. Such permit shall be sufficient to permit the burial of such deceased person in any town in this state other than the town in which such person died, without a burial permit from the registrar of the town where such person is to be buried. If the body of a deceased person is brought into the state for burial and is accompanied by a burial transit removal permit issued by the legally constituted authorities of the state from which such body was brought, such permit shall be received as sufficient authority for burial; except that, if such body is not accompanied by such permit, the person or persons in charge of such body shall apply for a burial permit to the registrar of vital statistics of the town in which such body is to be buried, and such registrar shall issue such permit when furnished with such information as to the identity of the deceased person and the cause of death as is required by section 7-62b concerning a person dying in this state. Any person who violates any provision of this section, or who knowingly signs a false permit or knowingly allows a false permit to be used in lieu of a permit required by this section, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

      (1949 Rev., S. 593; 1949, S. 236d; P.A. 85-613, S. 18, 154; P.A. 96-180, S. 4, 166; P.A. 01-163, S. 23; P.A. 04-255, S. 10; P.A. 05-288, S. 38.)

      History: P.A. 85-613 made technical change, substituting reference to Sec. 7-62b for reference to Sec. 7-62; P.A. 96-180 changed reference to Board of Examiners of Embalmers to Department of Public Health, effective June 3, 1996; P.A. 01-163 made technical changes and added provisions re funeral directors or embalmers licensed in a state having a reciprocal agreement filed with the department and complying with its terms; P.A. 04-255 allowed unlicensed employee to transport properly embalmed or prepared body, required burial transit permit before removal of body, deleted provisions re removal of body from or to a town and made conforming changes; P.A. 05-288 made technical changes, effective July 13, 2005.

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