Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen
New Jersey AB 1590 would require three forms of identification when requesting a copy of a birth certificate from the NJ Department of Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens. Currently, the requirements are a photo of a driver's license or two other qualifying identification documents if photographic identification cannot be presented. If enacted, the new identification requirements would apply to any certified copy or certification for informational purposed of any birth record issued by the Department regardless of the year of birth. Everyone would be required to present a photo driver's license and two qualifying additional forms of identifications such as vehicle registration card, vehicle insurance cards, passport, voter registration card, green card or immigrant visa, court documents, school-issued identification card, etc.
The bill passed the Assembly March 2010, where it was forwarded to the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. New Jersey has a two-year legislative session and action can be taken on the bill through the end of 2011. Currently, there is no action on the bill. PRAMC will monitor for further action. This was introduced due to concerns by the authors of identity theft by those requesting birth certificates.
If you wish to read the bill go to:
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee