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Title 18: Health

Chapter 103: BIRTH RECORDS

18 V.S.A. § 5083. Participants in address confidentiality program



§ 5083. Participants in address confidentiality program

(a) If a participant in the program described in 15 V.S.A. chapter 21, subchapter 3 who is the parent of a child born during the period of program participation notifies the physician or midwife who delivers the child, or the hospital at which the child is delivered, not later than 24 hours after the birth of the child, that the participant's confidential address should not appear on the child's birth certificate, then the department shall not disclose such confidential address or the participant's town of residence on any public records. A participant who fails to provide such notice shall be deemed to have waived the provisions of this section. If such notice is received, then notwithstanding section 5071 of this title, the attendant physician or midwife shall file the certificate with the supervisor of vital records registration within ten days of the birth, without the confidential address or town of residence, and shall not file the certificate with the town clerk.

(b) The supervisor of vital records registration shall receive and file for record all certificates filed in accordance with this section, and shall ensure that a parent's confidential address and town of residence do not appear on the birth certificate during the period that the parent is a program participant. A certificate filed in accordance with this section shall be a public document. The supervisor of vital records shall notify the secretary of state of the receipt of a birth certificate on behalf of a program participant.

(c) The department shall maintain a confidential record of the parent's actual mailing address and town of residence. Such record shall be exempt from public inspection.

(d) Upon the renewal, expiration, withdrawal, invalidation, or cancellation of program participation of any parent of whom the secretary of state received notice from the supervisor of vital records registration, the secretary of state shall notify the supervisor of vital records registration.

(e) Notwithstanding section 5075 of this title, upon notice of the expiration, withdrawal, invalidation, or cancellation of program participation, the supervisor of vital records registration shall enter the actual mailing address and town of residence on the original birth certificate and shall transmit the completed original birth certificate to the town clerk where the birth occurred.

(f) The town clerk shall process certificates received in this manner in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. (Added 1999, No. 134 (Adj. Sess.), § 4, eff. Jan. 1, 2001.)