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New Mexico Codes Chapter 24 - Health and Safety. Article 14 - Vital Statistics, 24-14-1 through 24-14-31.

  1. Article 14 - Vital Statistics, 24-14-1 through 24-14-31.
    1. Section 24-14-1 - Short title.
    2. Section 24-14-2 - Definitions.
    3. Section 24-14-3 - Vital records and health statistics bureau; state system.
    4. Section 24-14-4 - State registrar; appointment.
    5. Section 24-14-5 - Duties of state registrar.
    6. Section 24-14-6 - Repealed.
    7. Section 24-14-7 - Appointment and removal of local registrars.
    8. Section 24-14-8 - Duties of local registrar.
    9. Section 24-14-9 to 24-14-11 - Repealed.
    10. Section 24-14-12 - Form and contents of certificates and reports.
    11. Section 24-14-13 - Birth registration.
    12. Section 24-14-14 - Unknown parentage; foundling registration.
    13. Section 24-14-15 - Delayed registration of births.
    14. Section 24-14-16 - Judicial procedure to establish facts of birth.
    15. Section 24-14-17 - New birth certificates following adoption, legitimation and paternity determination.
    16. Section 24-14-18 - Report of induced abortions.
    17. Section 24-14-19 - Adoption of foreign-born; certificate of birth.
    18. Section 24-14-20 - Death registration.
    19. Section 24-14-21 - Delayed registration of death.
    20. Section 24-14-22 - Reports of spontaneous fetal death.
    21. Section 24-14-23 - Permits; authorization for final disposition.
    22. Section 24-14-24 - Extension of time.
    23. Section 24-14-25 - Correction and amendment of vital records.
    24. Section 24-14-26 - Reproduction of records.
    25. Section 24-14-27 - Disclosure of records.
    26. Section 24-14-28 - Copies or data from the system of vital statistics.
    27. Section 24-14-29 - Fees for copies and searches.
    28. Section 24-14-29.1 - Day-care fund created; use; appropriation.
    29. Section 24-14-30 - Duty to furnish information.
    30. Section 24-14-31 - Penalties.

New Mexico Codes
Chapter 24 - Health and Safety.
Article 14 - Vital Statistics, 24-14-1 through 24-14-31.

Section 24-14-1 - Short title.

24-14-1. Short title.

This act [24-14-1 to 24-14-17, 24-14-20 to 24-14-31 NMSA 1978] may be cited as the "Vital Statistics Act".   

Section 24-14-2 - Definitions.

24-14-2. Definitions. 

As used in the Vital Statistics Act: 

A.     "vital statistics" means the data derived from certificates and reports of birth, death, spontaneous fetal death and induced abortion and related reports; 

B.     "system of vital statistics" includes the registration, collection, preservation, amendment and certification of vital records and related activities, including the tabulation, analysis and publication of statistical data derived from these records; 

C.     "filing" means the presentation of a certificate, report or other record of a birth, death, spontaneous fetal death or adoption for registration by the bureau; 

D.     "registration" means the acceptance by the bureau and the incorporation in its official records of certificates, reports or other records provided for in the Vital Statistics Act of births, deaths, spontaneous fetal deaths, adoptions and legitimations; 

E.     "live birth" means the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, irrespective of the duration of pregnancy, which after the expulsion or extraction breathes or shows any other evidence of life such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord or definite movement of voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached; 

F.     "spontaneous fetal death" means death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, irrespective of the duration of pregnancy, results in other than a live birth and that is not an induced abortion; and death is indicated by the fact that, after the expulsion or extraction, the fetus does not breathe or show any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord or definite movement of voluntary muscles; 

G.     "dead body" means a human body, or parts of such body or bones thereof other than skeletal remains that  can be classified as artifacts, dead within the meaning of Section 12-2-4 NMSA 1978; 

H.     "final disposition" means the burial, interment, cremation, entombment, pulverization or other authorized disposition of a dead body or fetus; 

I.     "department" means the department of health; 

J.     "court" means a court of competent jurisdiction; 

K.     "state registrar" means the designated employee of the bureau; 

L.     "vital records" means certificates of birth and death; 

M.     "induced abortion" means the purposeful interruption of pregnancy with the intention other than to produce a live-born infant; 

N.     "physician" means a person authorized or licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy pursuant to the laws of this state; 

O.     "institution" means any establishment, public or private: 

(1)     that provides in-patient medical, surgical or diagnostic care or treatment; 

(2)     that provides nursing, custodial or domiciliary care; or 

(3)     to which persons are committed by law; and 

P.     "bureau" means the vital records and health statistics bureau of the department.

Section 24-14-3 - Vital records and health statistics bureau; state system.

24-14-3. Vital records and health statistics bureau; state system. 

There is established in the department a "vital records and health statistics bureau" for the purpose of installing, maintaining and operating a system of vital statistics throughout this state and carrying out all regulations relating to vital records and health statistics established by the department.

Section 24-14-4 - State registrar; appointment.

24-14-4. State registrar; appointment. 

The secretary of the department shall appoint the state registrar in accordance with the provisions of the Personnel Act [10-9-1 NMSA 1978].

Section 24-14-5 - Duties of state registrar.

24-14-5. Duties of state registrar. 

A.     The state registrar shall: 

(1)     administer and enforce the Vital Statistics Act and regulations issued pursuant to it and issue instructions for the efficient administration of the system of vital records and health statistics; 

(2)     direct and supervise the system of vital records and health statistics and be custodian of its records; 

(3)     direct, supervise and control the activities of all public employees, other than hospital employees, when they are engaged in activities pertaining to the operation of the system of vital records and health statistics; 

(4)     prescribe, with the approval of the department and after consultation with medical records professionals in the state, furnish and distribute such forms as are required by the Vital Statistics Act; 

(5)     prepare and publish reports of vital records and health statistics of this state and such other reports as may be required by the department; 

(6)     conduct training programs to promote uniformity of policy and procedures throughout the state; and 

(7)     provide to local health agencies copies of or data derived from certificates and reports required under the Vital Statistics Act as determined necessary for local health planning and program activities.  The copies or data shall remain the property of the bureau, and the uses that may be made of them shall be prescribed by the state registrar. 

B.     The state registrar may establish or designate offices in the state to aid in the efficient administration of the system of vital records and health statistics and may delegate such functions and duties vested in the state registrar to employees of the bureau and to employees of any office of the state or political subdivision designated to aid in administering the Vital Statistics Act.

Section 24-14-6 - Repealed.

24-14-6. Repealed.

Section 24-14-7 - Appointment and removal of local registrars.

24-14-7. Appointment and removal of local registrars.

The state registrar:   

A.     may appoint local registrars in order to carry out the provisions of the Vital Statistics Act; and   

B.     may remove local registrars for reasonable cause.   

Section 24-14-8 - Duties of local registrar.

24-14-8. Duties of local registrar.

The local registrar shall:   

A.     administer and enforce the provisions of the Vital Statistics Act and instructions, rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto;   

B.     require that certificates be completed and filed in accordance with the Vital Statistics Act and the rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto; and   

C.     transmit to the state registrar bimonthly, or more frequently when directed by that official, the certificates, reports or other returns filed with him.   

Section 24-14-9 to 24-14-11 - Repealed.

24-14-9 to 24-14-11. Repealed. 

Section 24-14-12 - Form and contents of certificates and reports.

24-14-12. Form and contents of certificates and reports. 

A.     In order to promote and maintain uniformity in the system of vital records and health statistics, the forms of certificates, reports and other returns required by the Vital Statistics Act or by regulations adopted pursuant to that act shall include as a minimum the items recommended by the federal agency responsible for national vital records and health statistics, subject to the approval of modifications by the department. 

B.     Each certificate, report and other document required to be registered under the Vital Statistics Act shall be on a form or in a format prescribed by the state registrar. 

C.     All vital records shall contain the date received for registration. 

D.     Information required in certificates or reports required or authorized by the Vital Statistics Act may be filed and registered by photographic, electronic or other means as prescribed by the state registrar; provided that certificates shall be filed and registered by either physical or photographic means.

Section 24-14-13 - Birth registration.

24-14-13. Birth registration. 

A.     A certificate of birth for each live birth that occurs in this state shall be filed with the bureau or as otherwise directed by the state registrar within ten days after the birth and shall be registered if it has been completed and filed in accordance with this section.  When a birth, however, occurs on a moving conveyance, a birth certificate shall be registered in this state and the place where the child is first removed shall be considered the place of birth. 

B.     When a birth occurs in an institution, the person in charge of the institution or the person's designated representative shall obtain the personal data, prepare the certificate of birth, secure the signatures required and file it as directed in this section.  The physician or other person in attendance shall certify the medical information required by the certificate of birth within ten working days after the birth in accordance with policies established by the institution where the birth occurred.  The person in charge of the institution or the person's designee shall complete and sign the certificate of birth. 

C.     When a birth occurs outside an institution, the certificate of birth shall be prepared and filed by one of the following in the indicated order of priority: 

(1)     the physician in attendance at or immediately after the birth; 

(2)     any other person in attendance at or immediately after the birth; or 

(3)     the father, the mother or, in the absence of the father and the inability of the mother, the person in charge of the premises where the birth occurred. 

D.     If the mother was married at the time of either conception or birth, the name of the husband shall be entered on the certificate of birth as the father of the child, unless paternity has been determined pursuant to Subsection F or G of this section or by a court, in which case the name of the father as determined pursuant to Subsection F or G of this section or by the court shall be entered. 

E.     If the mother was not married at the time of either conception or birth, but the mother and father have signed under penalty of perjury an acknowledgment of paternity on a form provided by the bureau pursuant to the New Mexico Uniform Parentage Act [40-11A-101 NMSA 1978], the father's name, date of birth and social security number shall be entered on the acknowledgment of paternity.  The name of the father shall not be entered on the certificate of birth without such a written acknowledgment of paternity signed under penalty of perjury by the mother and the person to be named as the father, unless a determination of paternity has been made by a court, in which case the name of the father as determined by the court shall be entered. 

F.     At or before the birth of a child to an unmarried woman, the person in charge of the institution, a designated representative, the attending physician or midwife shall: 

(1)     provide an opportunity for the child's mother and father to sign under penalty of perjury an acknowledgment of paternity on a form provided by the bureau pursuant to the New Mexico Uniform Parentage Act.  The completed acknowledgment of paternity shall be filed with the bureau.  The acknowledgment shall contain or have attached to it: 

(a)     a statement by the mother consenting to the assertion of paternity; 

(b)     a statement by the father that he is the father of the child; 

(c)     written information, furnished by the human services department, explaining the implications of signing, including legal parental rights and responsibilities; and 

(d)     the social security numbers of both parents; and 

(2)     provide written information, furnished by the human services department, to the mother and father, regarding the benefits of having the child's paternity established and of the availability of paternity establishment services and child support enforcement services. 

G.     If a married mother claims that her husband is not the father of the child, the husband signs under penalty of perjury a denial of paternity on a form provided by the bureau pursuant to the New Mexico Uniform Parentage Act and the non-husband agrees that he is the father, an acknowledgment of paternity may be signed under penalty of perjury by the mother and the non-husband.  Upon filing the acknowledgment of paternity and the denial of paternity with the bureau, the name of the non-husband shall be entered on the certificate of birth as the father. 

H.     Pursuant to an interagency agreement for proper reimbursement, the bureau shall make available to the human services department the birth certificate, the mother's and father's social security numbers and paternity acknowledgments or denials.  The human services department shall use these records only in conjunction with its duties as the state IV-D agency responsible for the child support program under Title IV-D of the federal Social Security Act. 

I.     Each party shall be provided with copies of any acknowledgment of paternity and any related denial of paternity.  

J.     The forms of acknowledgment of paternity and denial of paternity furnished by the bureau shall comply with the requirements of the New Mexico Uniform Parentage Act and shall be provided in English and in Spanish.

Section 24-14-14 - Unknown parentage; foundling registration.

24-14-14. Unknown parentage; foundling registration.

A.     Whoever assumes the custody of a living infant of unknown parentage shall report on a form and in the manner prescribed by the state registrar within ten days the following information:   

(1)     the date and place of finding;   

(2)     sex, color or race and approximate age of child;   

(3)     name and address of the person or institution with whom the child has been placed for care;   

(4)     name given to the child by the custodian; and   

(5)     other data required by the state registrar.   

B.     A report registered under this section constitutes the certificate of birth for the infant.   

C.     If the child is subsequently identified and a standard certificate of birth can be established, any report registered under this section shall be sealed and may be opened only by order of the district court or as provided by regulation.   

Section 24-14-15 - Delayed registration of births.

24-14-15. Delayed registration of births.

A.     When the birth of a person born in this state has not been registered, a certificate may be filed in accordance with regulations of the department. The certificate shall be registered subject to evidentiary requirements prescribed by regulation to substantiate the alleged facts of birth.   

B.     Certificates of birth registered one year or more after the date of birth shall 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.     When an applicant does not submit the minimum documentation required in the regulations for delayed registration or when the state registrar finds reason to question the validity or adequacy of the certificate or the documentary evidence, the state registrar shall not register the delayed certificate and shall advise the applicant of the reason for this action.   

E.     The department may by regulation provide for the denial of an application for delayed registration which is not actively prosecuted.   

Section 24-14-16 - Judicial procedure to establish facts of birth.

24-14-16. Judicial procedure to establish facts of birth. 

A.     If a delayed certificate of birth is rejected under the provisions of Section 24-14-15 NMSA 1978, a petition may be filed with a court for an order establishing a record of the date and place of the birth and the parentage of the person whose birth is to be registered. 

B.     The petition shall allege that: 

(1)     the person for whom a delayed certificate of birth is sought was born in this state; 

(2)     no record of birth of the person can be found in the bureau; 

(3)     diligent efforts by the petitioner have failed to obtain the evidence required in accordance with Section 24-14-15 NMSA 1978; 

(4)     the state registrar has refused to register a delayed certificate of birth; and 

(5)     any other allegations as may be required. 

C.     The petition shall be accompanied by a statement of the registration official made in accordance with Section 24-14-15 NMSA 1978 and all documentary evidence that was submitted to the registration official in support of the registration.  The petition shall be sworn to by the petitioner. 

D.     The court shall fix a time and place for hearing the petition and shall give the registration official who refused to register the petitioner's delayed certificate of birth ten days' notice of the hearing.  The official or the official's authorized representative may appear and testify in the proceeding. 

E.     If the court finds from the evidence presented that the person for whom a delayed certificate of birth is sought was born in this state, it shall make findings as to the place and date of birth, parentage and other findings as the case may require and shall issue an order to establish a record of birth.  This order shall include the birth data to be registered, a description of the evidence presented in the manner prescribed by Section 24-14-15 NMSA 1978 and the date of the court's action. 

F.     The court shall determine the parent-child relationship of the mother and father pursuant to the New Mexico Uniform Parentage Act [40-11A-101 NMSA 1978]. 

G.     The clerk of the court shall forward each order to the state registrar not later than the tenth day of the calendar month following the month in which it was entered.  The order shall be registered by the state registrar and shall constitute the record of birth from which copies may be issued in accordance with Sections 24-14-28 and 24-14-29 NMSA 1978.

Section 24-14-17 - New birth certificates following adoption, legitimation and paternity determination.

24-14-17. New birth certificates following adoption, legitimation and paternity determination.

A.     The state registrar shall establish a new certificate of birth for a person born in this state when he receives the following:   

(1)     a report of adoption as provided in this section, a report of adoption prepared and filed in accordance with the laws of another state or country or a certified copy of the decree of adoption together with the information necessary to identify the original certificate of birth and to establish a new certificate of birth; except that a new certificate of birth shall not be established if so requested by the court decreeing the adoption, the adoptive parents or the adopted person; or   

(2)     a request that a new certificate of birth be established and evidence as required by regulation proving that the person has been legitimated or that a court has determined the paternity of the person.   

B.     When a new certificate of birth is established, the actual place and date of birth shall be shown.  It shall be substituted for the original certificate of birth. Thereafter, the original certificate and the evidence of adoption, paternity determination or legitimation shall not be subject to inspection except upon order of a court or in accordance with the provisions of Section 24-14-13 NMSA 1978 or in the case of a single adoptive parent.   

C.     Upon receipt of notice of annulment of adoption, the original certificate of birth shall be restored to its place in the files, and the new certificate and evidence shall not be subject to inspection except upon order of a court.   

D.     If no certificate of birth is on file for the person for whom a new certificate is to be established under this section, a delayed certificate of birth shall be filed with the state registrar as provided in Section 24-14-15 NMSA 1978 before a new certificate of birth is established.   

E.     For each adoption decreed by a court in this state, the court shall require the preparation of a report of adoption on a form prescribed and furnished by the state registrar.  The report shall include such facts as are necessary to locate and identify the certificate of birth of the person adopted, shall provide information necessary to establish a new certificate of birth of the person adopted and shall identify the order of adoption and be certified by the clerk of the court.   

Section 24-14-18 - Report of induced abortions.

24-14-18. Report of induced abortions.

A.     Each induced abortion which occurs in this state shall be reported to the state registrar within five days by the person in charge of the institution in which the induced abortion was performed. If the induced abortion was performed outside an institution, the attending physician shall prepare and file the report.   

B.     The reports required under this section are statistical reports to be used only for medical and health purposes and shall not be incorporated into the permanent official records of the system of vital statistics. The report shall not include the name or address of the patient involved in the abortion. The department shall not release the name or address of the physician involved in the abortion. A schedule for the disposition of these reports shall be provided for by regulation.   

Section 24-14-19 - Adoption of foreign-born; certificate of birth.

24-14-19. Adoption of foreign-born; certificate of birth.

A.     The state registrar shall establish a certificate of birth for a person of foreign birth adopted under New Mexico law when the registrar receives:   

(1)     a certified copy of a judgment of adoption granted by the court;   

(2)     an order issued by the court to establish a certificate of birth for that adopted person; and   

(3)     any other evidence as provided in Section 24-14-17 NMSA 1978 necessary to establish a new certificate of birth.   

B.     The certificate of birth established under this section shall be on a form prescribed by the state registrar and shall show the probable country of birth, pursuant to the findings of the court, and shall state that the certificate is not evidence of United States citizenship.   

Section 24-14-20 - Death registration.

24-14-20. Death registration.

A.     A death certificate for each death that occurs in this state shall be filed within five days after the death and prior to final disposition.  The death certificate shall be registered by the state registrar if it has been completed and filed in accordance with this section, subject to the exception provided in Section 24-14-24 NMSA 1978; provided that: 

(1)     if the place of death is unknown but the dead body is found in this state, a death certificate shall be filed with a local registrar within ten days after the occurrence.  The place where the body is found shall be shown as the place of death.  If the date of death is unknown, it shall be approximated by the state medical investigator; and 

(2)     if death occurs in a moving conveyance in the United States and the body is first removed from the conveyance in this state, the death shall be registered in this state and the place where the body is first removed shall be considered the place of death.  When a death occurs on a moving conveyance while in international waters or air space or in a foreign country or its air space and the body is first removed from the conveyance in this state, the death shall be registered in this state, but the certificate shall show the actual place of death insofar as can be determined by the state medical investigator. 

B.     The funeral service practitioner or person acting as a funeral service practitioner who first assumes custody of a dead body shall:   

(1)     file the death certificate;  

(2)     obtain the personal data from the next of kin or the best qualified person or source available; and 

(3)     obtain the medical certification of cause of death. 

C.     The medical certification shall be completed and signed within forty-eight hours after death by the physician or nurse practitioner in charge of the patient's care for the illness or condition that resulted in death, except when inquiry is required by law.  Except as provided in Subsection D of this section, in the absence of the physician or nurse practitioner, or with the physician's or the nurse practitioner's approval, the medical certification may be completed and signed by the physician's associate physician or the nurse practitioner's associate nurse practitioner, the chief medical officer of the institution in which death occurred or the physician who performed an autopsy on the decedent; provided that the individual has access to the medical history of the case and views the deceased at or after death and that death is due to natural causes. 

D.     Unless there is reasonable cause to believe that the death is not due to natural causes, a registered nurse employed by a nursing home may pronounce the death of a resident of the nursing home and a registered nurse employed by a hospital may pronounce the death of a patient of the hospital.  The nurse shall have access to the medical history of the case and view the deceased at or after death, and the individual who completes the medical certification shall not be required to view the deceased at or after death.  The death shall be pronounced pursuant to procedures or facility protocols prescribed by the hospital for patients or by the physician who is the medical director of the nursing home for residents.  The procedures or facility protocols shall ensure that the medical certification of death is completed in accordance with the provisions of Subsection C of this section. 

E.     For purposes of this section: 

(1)     "hospital" means a public hospital, profit or nonprofit private hospital or a general or special hospital that is licensed as a hospital by the department of health; 

(2)     "nurse practitioner" means a registered nurse who is licensed by the board of nursing for advanced practice as a certified nurse practitioner and whose name and pertinent information are entered on the list of certified nurse practitioners maintained by the board of nursing; and  

(3)     "nursing home" means any nursing institution or facility required to be licensed under state law as a nursing facility by the public health division of the department of health, whether proprietary or nonprofit, including skilled nursing home facilities. 

F.     When death occurs without medical attendance as set forth in Subsection C or D of this section or when death occurs more than ten days after the decedent was last treated by a physician, the case shall be referred to the state medical investigator for investigation to determine and certify the cause of death. 

G.     An amended death certificate based on an anatomical observation shall be filed within thirty days of the completion of an autopsy.

Section 24-14-21 - Delayed registration of death.

24-14-21. Delayed registration of death.

A.     When a death occurring in this state has not been registered, a certificate may be filed in accordance with regulations of the board of medical investigators. The certificate shall be registered subject to evidentiary requirements as prescribed by regulation to substantiate the alleged facts of death.   

B.     Certificates of death registered one year or more after the date of death shall be marked "delayed" and shall show on their face the date of the delayed registration.   

Section 24-14-22 - Reports of spontaneous fetal death.

24-14-22. Reports of spontaneous fetal death.

A.     Each spontaneous fetal death, where the fetus has a weight of five hundred grams or more, which occurs in this state shall be reported to the state registrar.   

B.     When a dead fetus is delivered in an institution, the person in charge of the institution or his designated representative shall prepare and file the report.   

C.     When the spontaneous fetal death occurs on a moving conveyance and the fetus is first removed from the conveyance in this state, or when a dead fetus is found in this state and the place of fetal death is unknown, the fetal death shall be reported in this state. The place where the fetus was first removed from the conveyance or the dead fetus was found shall be considered the place of fetal death.   

D.     When a spontaneous fetal death required to be reported by this section occurs without medical attendance at or immediately after the delivery or when inquiry is required by law, the state medical investigator shall investigate the cause of fetal death and shall prepare and file the report.   

E.     The names of the parents shall be entered on the spontaneous fetal death report in accordance with the provisions of Section 24-14-13 NMSA 1978.   

F.     Except as otherwise provided in this section, all spontaneous fetal death reports shall be completed and filed with the state registrar within ten days following the spontaneous fetal death.   

Section 24-14-23 - Permits; authorization for final disposition.

24-14-23. Permits; authorization for final disposition.

A.     For deaths or spontaneous fetal deaths which have occurred in this state, no burial-transit permit shall be required for final disposition of the remains if the disposition occurs in this state and is performed by a funeral service practitioner or direct disposer.   

B.     A burial-transit permit shall be issued by the state registrar or a local registrar for those bodies which are to be transported out of the state for final disposition or when final disposition is being made by a person other than a funeral service practitioner or direct disposer.   

C.     A burial-transit permit issued under the law of another state or country which accompanies a dead body or fetus brought into this state shall be authority for final disposition of the body or fetus in this state.   

D.     A permit for disinterment and reinterment shall be required prior to disinterment of a dead body or fetus except as authorized by regulation or otherwise provided by law. The permit shall be issued by the state registrar or state medical investigator to a licensed funeral service practitioner or direct disposer.   

E.     A permit for cremation of a body shall be required prior to the cremation. The permit shall be issued by the state medical investigator to a licensed funeral service practitioner, direct disposer or any other person who makes the arrangements for final disposition.   

Section 24-14-24 - Extension of time.

24-14-24. Extension of time.

A.     The department may, by regulation and upon conditions as it may prescribe to assure compliance with the purposes of the Vital Statistics Act, provide for the extension of the periods prescribed in Sections 24-14-20, 24-14-22 and 24-14-23 NMSA 1978 for the filing of death certificates, spontaneous fetal death reports, medical certifications of cause of death and for the obtaining of burial-transit permits in cases where compliance with the applicable prescribed period would result in undue hardship.   

B.     Regulations of the department may provide for the issuance of a burial-transit permit prior to the filing of a certificate upon conditions designed to assure compliance with the purposes of the Vital Statistics Act in cases where compliance with the requirement that the certificate be filed prior to the issuance of the permit would result in undue hardship.   

Section 24-14-25 - Correction and amendment of vital records.

24-14-25. Correction and amendment of vital records. 

A.     A certificate or report registered under the Vital Statistics Act may be amended only in accordance with that act and regulations adopted by the department pursuant to that act to protect the integrity and accuracy of vital records and health statistics. 

B.     Upon receipt of a certified copy of a court order changing the name of a person born in this state and upon request of the person or the person's parent, guardian or legal representative, the state registrar shall amend the original certificate of birth to reflect the new name. 

C.     Upon request and receipt of an acknowledgement of paternity signed under penalty of perjury by both parents of a child born to an unmarried mother or, in the case of a married mother, upon receipt of an acknowledgment of paternity signed under penalty of perjury by the mother and the non-husband and of a denial of paternity signed under penalty of perjury by the husband, the state registrar shall amend a certificate of birth to show the paternity if paternity is not shown on the birth certificate.  The certificate of birth shall not be marked "amended". 

D.     Upon receipt of a statement signed under penalty of perjury by the person in charge of an institution or from the attending physician indicating that the sex of an individual born in this state has been changed by surgical procedure, together with a certified copy of an order changing the name of the person, the certificate of birth of the individual shall be amended as prescribed by regulation. 

E.     When an applicant does not submit the minimum documentation required in the regulations for amending a vital record or when the state registrar has reasonable cause to question the validity or adequacy of the applicant's statements or statements made under penalty of perjury or the documentary evidence and if the deficiencies are not corrected, the state registrar shall not amend the vital records and shall advise the applicant of the reason for this action. 

F.     A certificate or report that is amended under this section shall be marked "amended", except as otherwise provided in Subsection C of this section.  The date of the amendment and a summary description of the evidence submitted in support of the amendment shall be endorsed on or made a part of the record.  The department shall prescribe by regulation the conditions under which additions or minor corrections may be made to certificates or records within one year after the date of the event without the certificate or record being marked "amended".

Section 24-14-26 - Reproduction of records.

24-14-26. Reproduction of records.

To preserve vital records, the state registrar is authorized to prepare typewritten, photographic, electronic or other reproductions of original records and files in his office. The reproductions when certified by him shall be accepted as the original record. The documents from which permanent reproductions have been made and verified may be disposed of as provided by regulation.   

Section 24-14-27 - Disclosure of records.

24-14-27. Disclosure of records.

A.     It is 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 record except as authorized by law.   

B.     The department shall provide access to record level data required by the New Mexico health policy commission and the health information system created in the Health Information System Act [24-14A-1 NMSA 1978]. The New Mexico health policy commission and the health information system may only release record level data obtained from vital records in the aggregate. For the purposes of this subsection, "record level data" means one or more unique and non-aggregated data elements relating to a single identifiable individual. The department may authorize the disclosure of data contained in vital records for other research purposes.   

C.     When one hundred years have elapsed after the date of birth or fifty years have elapsed after the date of death, the vital records of these events in the custody of the state registrar shall become open public records, and information shall be made available in accordance with regulations that provide for the continued safekeeping of the records; provided that vital records of birth shall not become open public records prior to the individual's death.   

Section 24-14-28 - Copies or data from the system of vital statistics.

24-14-28. Copies or data from the system of vital statistics.

In accordance with the Vital Statistics Act and the regulations adopted pursuant to that act:   

A.     the state registrar shall upon receipt of a written application issue a certified copy of any certificate or record in his custody to anyone demonstrating a tangible and direct interest, except that:   

(1)     certified copies of birth records shall exclude all medical information unless a complete certificate is specifically requested and the request for a complete certificate is approved by the state registrar; and   

(2)     issuance of copies of birth records shall be subject to the provisions of the Missing Child Reporting Act [32A-14-1 NMSA 1978];   

B.     a certified copy of a certificate or any part thereof, including records reproduced from paper documents or photographic, magnetic or electronic files, shall be considered for all purposes the same as the original and is prima facie evidence of the facts therein stated; provided that the evidentiary value of a certificate or record filed more than one year after the event or a record which has been amended shall be determined by the judicial or administrative body or official before whom the certificate is offered as evidence;   

C.     the agency of the United States government responsible for national vital statistics may be furnished copies or data as it may require for national statistics, upon the condition that the data shall not be used for other than statistical purposes unless so authorized by the state registrar;   

D.     at the discretion of the state registrar, federal, state, local and other public or private agencies may upon request be furnished copies or data for statistical or administrative purposes upon the conditions as may be prescribed by the department;   

E.     no person shall prepare or issue any report of an induced abortion or any certificate which purports to be an original, certified copy or copy of a certificate of birth, death or spontaneous fetal death or reproduction of a certified copy except as authorized in the Vital Statistics Act or regulations adopted pursuant to that act; and   

F.     the state registrar may by written agreement transmit copies of records and other reports required by the Vital Statistics Act to offices of vital statistics outside this state when the records or other reports relate to residents of those jurisdictions or persons born outside those jurisdictions. The agreement shall require that the copies be used for statistical purposes only and shall provide for the retention and disposition of copies. Copies received by the state registrar from offices of vital statistics in other states shall be handled in the manner prescribed in this section.   

Section 24-14-29 - Fees for copies and searches.

24-14-29. Fees for copies and searches.

A.     The fee for each search of a vital record to produce a certified copy of a birth certificate shall be ten dollars ($10.00) and shall include one certified copy of the record, if available.   

B.     The fee for the establishment of a delayed record or for the revision or amendment of a vital record, as a result of an adoption, a legitimation, a correction or other court-ordered change to a vital record, shall be ten dollars ($10.00).  The fee shall include one certified copy of the delayed record.   

C.     The fee for each search of a vital record to produce a certified copy of a death certificate shall be five dollars ($5.00) and shall include one certified copy of the record, if available.   

D.     Revenue from the fees imposed in this section shall be distributed as follows:   

(1)     an amount equal to three-fifths of the revenue from the fee imposed by Subsection A of this section, an amount equal to one-half of the revenue from the fee imposed by Subsection B of this section and an amount equal to one-fifth of the revenue from the fee imposed by Subsection C of this section shall be distributed to the day-care fund; and   

(2)     the remainder of the revenue from the fees imposed by Subsections A, B and C of this section shall be deposited in the state general fund.   

Section 24-14-29.1 - Day-care fund created; use; appropriation.

24-14-29.1. Day-care fund created; use; appropriation.

There is created in the state treasury a fund to be known as the "day-care fund".  The fund shall be invested by the state treasurer as other state funds are invested.  The fund shall consist of distributions of revenue collected since July 1, 1987 and future revenues collected pursuant to Section 24-14-29 NMSA 1978.  All balances in the day-care fund are appropriated to the children, youth and families department for use in implementing the income-eligible day-care program under the Social Services Block Grant Act Title XX.   

Section 24-14-30 - Duty to furnish information.

24-14-30. Duty to furnish information.

A.     Any person having knowledge of the facts regarding any birth, death, spontaneous fetal death or induced abortion shall furnish this information upon demand to the state registrar.   

B.     Not later than the tenth day of the month following the month of occurrence, each funeral service practitioner shall send to the state registrar a list showing all dead bodies embalmed or otherwise prepared for final disposition during the preceding month. Such list shall be made on forms prescribed by the state registrar.   

Section 24-14-31 - Penalties.

24-14-31. Penalties.

A.     Except for violations of Section 24-14-18 NMSA 1978, any person is guilty of a fourth degree felony and shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-18-15 NMSA 1978, who willfully and knowingly:   

(1)     makes any false statement or supplies any false information in a report, record or certificate required to be filed;   

(2)     with the intent to deceive, alters, amends or mutilates any report, record or certificate;   

(3)     uses or attempts to use or furnishes to another for use for any purpose of deception any certificate, record, report or certified copy that has been altered, amended or mutilated or that contains false information; or   

(4)     neglects or violates any of the provisions of the Vital Statistics Act or refuses to perform any of the duties imposed upon him by that act.   

B.     Any person who willfully and knowingly permits inspection of or discloses information contained in vital statistics records of adoptions or induced abortions or copies or issues a copy of all or part of any record of an adoption or induced abortion, except as authorized by law, is guilty of a fourth degree felony and shall be sentenced in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Sentencing Act [31-18-1 NMSA 1978].   

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