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    (410 ILCS 535/1) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑1)
    Sec. 1. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
    (1) "Vital records" means records of births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, dissolution of marriages, and data related thereto.
    (2) "System of vital records" includes the registration, collection, preservation, amendment, and certification of vital records, and activities related thereto.
    (3) "Filing" means the presentation of a certificate, report, or other record provided for in this Act, of a birth, death, fetal death, adoption, marriage, or dissolution of marriage, for registration by the Office of Vital Records.
    (4) "Registration" means the acceptance by the Office of Vital Records and the incorporation in its official records of certificates, reports, or other records provided for in this Act, of births, deaths, fetal deaths, adoptions, marriages, or dissolution of marriages.
    (5) "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 such separation 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.
    (6) "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; the death is indicated by the fact that after such separation 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.
    (7) "Dead body" means a lifeless human body or parts of such body or bones thereof from the state of which it may reasonably be concluded that death has occurred.
    (8) "Final disposition" means the burial, cremation, or other disposition of a dead human body or fetus or parts thereof.
    (9) "Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine in Illinois or any other State.
    (10) "Institution" means any establishment, public or private, which provides in‑patient medical, surgical, or diagnostic care or treatment, or nursing, custodial, or domiciliary care to 2 or more unrelated individuals, or to which persons are committed by law.
    (11) "Department" means the Department of Public Health of the State of Illinois.
    (12) "Director" means the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
(Source: P.A. 81‑230.)

    (410 ILCS 535/2) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑2)
    Sec. 2. There is hereby established in the Department of Public Health an Office of Vital Records which shall install, maintain, and operate the system of vital records throughout this State.
    Suitable quarters for this office shall be provided by the Secretary of State, which quarters shall be so equipped as to permit the permanent and safe preservation of all official records required for the operation of the system.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/3) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑3)
    Sec. 3. The Department is authorized to adopt, modify, amend, repeal, promulgate, and enforce rules and regulations for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 2935.)

    (410 ILCS 535/3.1) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑3.1)
    Sec. 3.1. The provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act are hereby expressly adopted and shall apply to all administrative rules and procedures of the Department under this Act, except that Section 5‑35 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act relating to procedures for rule‑making does not apply to the adoption of any rule required by federal law in connection with which the Department is precluded by law from exercising any discretion.
(Source: P.A. 88‑45.)

    (410 ILCS 535/4) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑4)
    Sec. 4. The Director shall be the State Registrar of Vital Records, and shall, in accordance with the State Personnel Code, appoint a Deputy State Registrar and all other personnel necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/5) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑5)
    Sec. 5. (1) The State Registrar of Vital Records shall:
    (a) Administer and enforce this Act and the rules and regulations issued hereunder;
    (b) Direct, supervise, and issue instructions necessary to the efficient administration of a statewide system of vital records, the Office of Vital Records, and be custodian of its records;
    (c) Direct, supervise, and control all activities of local and subregistrars;
    (d) Prescribe and distribute such forms as are required by this Act and the rules and regulations issued hereunder;
    (e) Arrange the certificates in a systematic manner; prepare and maintain a comprehensive index; permanently preserve and keep all such records either in the original or in photographic or micro‑photographic form;
    (f) Prepare and publish reports of vital statistics of this State, and such other reports as may be required by the Department.
    (2) The State Registrar of Vital Records may delegate such functions and duties as are necessary to properly carry out the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/6) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑6)
    Sec. 6. The State Registrar of Vital Records shall establish registration districts throughout the State. He may consolidate or subdivide such districts to facilitate registration.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/7) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑7)
    Sec. 7. The State Registrar of Vital Records shall appoint and may remove for just cause local registrars. Persons eligible to serve as local registrars are:
    (1) In cities, villages, and incorporated towns, the clerk of the city, village, or incorporated town.
    (2) The township clerk in each township in counties under township organization, excepting those portions of the township constituting a separate registration district.
    (3) The road district clerk in each road district in counties not under township organization, excepting those portions of the road district constituting a separate registration district.
    (4) The health officer of any public health department defined as a full time public health department under the rules and regulations of the Department.
    (5) If none of the preceding officers is available to act as a local registrar, any full time public officer of county or local government in the district or a hospital administrator of any licensed hospital in the district which is not located within a home rule county.
(Source: P.A. 79‑888.)

    (410 ILCS 535/8) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑8)
    Sec. 8. Each local registrar shall:
    (1) Appoint one or more deputies to act for him in his absence or to assist him. Such deputies shall be subject to all rules and regulations governing local registrars.
    (2) Appoint one or more subregistrars when necessary for the convenience of the people. To become effective, such appointments must be approved by the State Registrar of Vital Records. A subregistrar shall exercise such authority as is given him by the local registrar and is subject to the supervision and control of the State Registrar of Vital Records, and shall be liable to the same penalties as local registrars, as provided in Section 27 of this Act.
    (3) Administer and enforce the provisions of this Act and the instructions, rules, and regulations issued hereunder.
    (4) Require that certificates be completed and filed in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the rules and regulations issued hereunder.
    (5) Prepare and transmit monthly an accurate copy of each record of live birth, death, and fetal death to the county clerk of his county. He shall also, in the case of a death of a person who was a resident of another county, prepare an additional copy of the death record and transmit it to the county clerk of the county in which such person was a resident. In no case shall the county clerk's copy of a live birth record include the section of the certificate which contains information for health and statistical program use only.
    (6) (Blank).
    (7) Prepare, file, and retain for a period of at least 10 years in his own office an accurate copy of each record of live birth, death, and fetal death accepted for registration. Only in those instances in which the local registrar is also a full time city, village, incorporated town, public health district, county, or multi‑county health officer recognized by the Department may the health and statistical data section of the live birth record be made a part of this copy.
    (8) Transmit monthly the certificates, reports, or other returns filed with him to the State Registrar of Vital Records, or more frequently when directed to do so by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (8.5) Transmit monthly to the State central register of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services a copy of all death certificates of persons under 18 years of age who have died within the month.
    (9) Maintain such records, make such reports, and perform such other duties as may be required by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
(Source: P.A. 89‑641, eff. 8‑9‑96; 90‑608, eff. 6‑30‑98.)

    (410 ILCS 535/9) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑9)
    Sec. 9. (1) Each local registrar shall be paid the sum of $1 for each certificate of birth, death, or fetal death properly registered in his district and transmitted by him to the State Registrar of Vital Records up to an aggregate annual total of 10,000 certificates; and for each such certificate so made out and filed with and registered by him in excess of an annual total of 10,000 certificates, the registrar shall be paid the sum of 20 cents, providing such certificate meets the standards of acceptability prescribed by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (2) If no birth, death, or fetal death is registered with him during any calendar month, the local registrar shall report that fact to the State Registrar of Vital Records and be paid the sum of 50 cents.
    (3) Any registration fee due a subregistrar for births, deaths, or fetal deaths registered by him and presented to the local registrar in accordance with the provisions of this Act shall be certified to and paid by the local registrar, such fee not to exceed $1 for each certificate registered.
(Source: P.A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/10) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑10)
    Sec. 10. (1) The State Registrar of Vital Records shall, at the close of each calendar year, certify to the county clerk of each of the several counties the number of births, deaths, and fetal deaths properly registered in his county, with the names of the local registrars entitled to the prescribed fees, and the amount due each at the rate fixed in this Act.
    (2) The local registrar shall, at the close of each calendar year, certify to and pay each of his subregistrars the amount due each at the rate established by the local registrar under the provisions of Section 9 of this Act.
    (3) The amounts payable to local registrars under the provisions of this Act are hereby made and declared to be a charge upon the county in which such fees are paid, and the county clerk, or other county officer by whom warrants on the county treasurer are issued, of each of the several counties, shall issue to such local registrars his warrant upon the county treasurer of the county for the amount of fee due each person entitled to such fee as certified to by the State Registrar of Vital Records, and the county treasurer of the county shall pay the same upon presentation. All county boards shall appropriate such amounts as may be necessary for efficiently carrying out the provisions of this Act in their respective counties.
    (4) If the corporate authorities of any city, village, township or incorporated town so direct by ordinance, the fees payable to any officer or employee, acting as registrar or subregistrar, of such city, village, township or incorporated town as provided in Section 9 of this Act shall be transmitted directly, in the manner provided in this Act, to the treasurer of the political subdivision adopting such ordinance for deposit in the corporate account.
(Source: P. A. 76‑2244.)

    (410 ILCS 535/11)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑11)
    Sec. 11. Information required on forms.
    (a) The form of certificates, reports, and other returns required by this Act or by regulations adopted under this Act shall include as a minimum the items recommended by the federal agency responsible for national vital statistics, subject to approval of and modification by the Department. All forms shall be prescribed and furnished by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (b) On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1983, all forms used to collect information under this Act which request information concerning the race or ethnicity of an individual by providing spaces for the designation of that individual as "white" or "black", or the semantic equivalent thereof, shall provide an additional space for a designation as "Hispanic".
    (c) Effective November 1, 1990, the social security numbers of the mother and father shall be collected at the time of the birth of the child. These numbers shall not be recorded on the certificate of live birth. The numbers may be used only for those purposes allowed by Federal law.
    (d) The social security number of a person who has died shall be entered on the death certificate; however, failure to enter the social security number of the person who has died on the death certificate does not invalidate the death certificate.
    (e) If the place of disposition of a dead human body or cremated remains is in a cemetery, the burial permit shall include the place of disposition. The place of disposition shall include the lot, block, section, and plot or niche where the dead human body or cremated remains are located. This subsection does not apply to cremated remains scattered in a cemetery.
(Source: P.A. 96‑863, eff. 3‑1‑10.)

    (410 ILCS 535/12)
    Sec. 12. Live births; place of registration.
    (1) Each live birth which occurs in this State shall be registered with the local or subregistrar of the district in which the birth occurred as provided in this Section, within 7 days after the birth. When a birth occurs on a moving conveyance, the city, village, township, or road district in which the child is first removed from the conveyance shall be considered the place of birth and a birth certificate shall be filed in the registration district in which the place is located.
    (2) When a birth occurs in an institution, the person in charge of the institution or his designated representative shall obtain and record all the personal and statistical particulars relative to the parents of the child that are required to properly complete the live birth certificate; shall secure the required personal signatures on the hospital worksheet; shall prepare the certificate from this worksheet; and shall file the certificate with the local registrar. The institution shall retain the hospital worksheet permanently or as otherwise specified by rule. The physician in attendance shall verify or provide the date of birth and medical information required by the certificate, within 24 hours after the birth occurs.
    (3) When a birth occurs outside an institution, the certificate shall be prepared and filed by one of the following in the indicated order of priority:
        (a) The physician in attendance at or immediately
    after the birth, or in the absence of such a person,
        (b) Any other person in attendance at or immediately
    after the birth, or in the absence of such a person,
        (c) 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.
    (4) Unless otherwise provided in this Act, if the mother was not married to the father of the child at either the time of conception or the time of birth, the name of the father shall be entered on the child's birth certificate only if the mother and the person to be named as the father have signed an acknowledgment of parentage in accordance with subsection (5).
    Unless otherwise provided in this Act, if the mother was married at the time of conception or birth and the presumed father (that is, the mother's husband) is not the biological father of the child, the name of the biological father shall be entered on the child's birth certificate only if, in accordance with subsection (5), (i) the mother and the person to be named as the father have signed an acknowledgment of parentage and (ii) the mother and presumed father have signed a denial of paternity.
    (5) Upon the birth of a child to an unmarried woman, or upon the birth of a child to a woman who was married at the time of conception or birth and whose husband is not the biological father of the child, the institution at the time of birth and the local registrar or county clerk after the birth shall do the following:
        (a) Provide (i) an opportunity for the child's mother
    and father to sign an acknowledgment of parentage and (ii) if the presumed father is not the biological father, an opportunity for the mother and presumed father to sign a denial of paternity. The signing and witnessing of the acknowledgment of parentage or, if the presumed father of the child is not the biological father, the acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity conclusively establishes a parent and child relationship in accordance with Sections 5 and 6 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984.
        The Department of Healthcare and Family Services
    shall furnish the acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity form to institutions, county clerks, and State and local registrars' offices. The form shall include instructions to send the original signed and witnessed acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The acknowledgement of paternity and denial of paternity form shall also include a statement informing the mother, the alleged father, and the presumed father, if any, that they have the right to request deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests regarding the issue of the child's paternity and that by signing the form, they expressly waive such tests. The statement shall be set forth in bold‑face capital letters not less than 0.25 inches in height.
        (b) Provide the following documents, furnished by the
    Department of Healthcare and Family Services, to the child's mother, biological father, and (if the person presumed to be the child's father is not the biological father) presumed father for their review at the time the opportunity is provided to establish a parent and child relationship:
            (i) An explanation of the implications of,
        alternatives to, legal consequences of, and the rights and responsibilities that arise from signing an acknowledgment of parentage and, if necessary, a denial of paternity, including an explanation of the parental rights and responsibilities of child support, visitation, custody, retroactive support, health insurance coverage, and payment of birth expenses.
            (ii) An explanation of the benefits of having a
        child's parentage established and the availability of parentage establishment and child support enforcement services.
            (iii) A request for an application for child
        support enforcement services from the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
            (iv) Instructions concerning the opportunity to
        speak, either by telephone or in person, with staff of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services who are trained to clarify information and answer questions about paternity establishment.
            (v) Instructions for completing and signing the
        acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity.
        (c) Provide an oral explanation of the documents and
    instructions set forth in subdivision (5)(b), including an explanation of the implications of, alternatives to, legal consequences of, and the rights and responsibilities that arise from signing an acknowledgment of parentage and, if necessary, a denial of paternity. The oral explanation may be given in person or through the use of video or audio equipment.
    (6) The institution, State or local registrar, or county clerk shall provide an opportunity for the child's father or mother to sign a rescission of parentage. The signing and witnessing of the rescission of parentage voids the acknowledgment of parentage and nullifies the presumption of paternity if executed and filed with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (formerly Illinois Department of Public Aid) within the time frame contained in Section 5 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall furnish the rescission of parentage form to institutions, county clerks, and State and local registrars' offices. The form shall include instructions to send the original signed and witnessed rescission of parentage to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
    (7) An acknowledgment of paternity signed pursuant to Section 6 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 may be challenged in court only on the basis of fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact, with the burden of proof upon the challenging party. Pending outcome of a challenge to the acknowledgment of paternity, the legal responsibilities of the signatories shall remain in full force and effect, except upon order of the court upon a showing of good cause.
    (8) When the process for acknowledgment of parentage as provided for under subsection (5) establishes the paternity of a child whose certificate of birth is on file in another state, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall forward a copy of the acknowledgment of parentage, the denial of paternity, if applicable, and the rescission of parentage, if applicable, to the birth record agency of the state where the child's certificate of birth is on file.
    (9) In the event the parent‑child relationship has been established in accordance with subdivision (a)(1) of Section 6 of the Parentage Act of 1984, the names of the biological mother and biological father so established shall be entered on the child's birth certificate, and the names of the surrogate mother and surrogate mother's husband, if any, shall not be on the birth certificate.
(Source: P.A. 95‑331, eff. 8‑21‑07; 96‑333, eff. 8‑11‑09; 96‑474, eff. 8‑14‑09; 96‑1000, eff. 7‑2‑10.)

    (410 ILCS 535/13) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑13)
    Sec. 13. (1) 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 of Vital Records, within 3 days, to the local registrar of the district in which the child was found, the following information:
    (a) The date and place of finding;
    (b) Sex, color or race, and approximate age of child;
    (c) Name and address of the persons or institution with whom the child has been placed for care;
    (d) Name given to the child by the custodian; and
    (e) Other data required by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (2) The place where the child was found shall be entered as the place of birth, and the date of birth shall be determined by approximation.
    (3) A report filed under this Section shall constitute the certificate of birth for the infant.
    (4) If the child is identified and a certificate of birth is found or obtained, any report filed under this Section shall be sealed and filed and may be opened only by order of a court of competent jurisdiction or as provided by regulation.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/14) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑14)
    Sec. 14. (1) Subject to the requirements that the Department may prescribe, the birth of a person born in this State, whose birth is not registered, may be recorded by delayed registration in the manner prescribed below:
    (a) When the birth occurred more than 3 days but less than one year prior to the application for registration, the birth may be registered on a certificate of live birth and be submitted for filing to the local registrar of the district in which the birth occurred. The local registrar may accept the certificate for filing when such evidence is submitted to substantiate the facts of birth as is required by regulation.
    (b) When the birth occurred more than one year but less than 7 years prior to the application for registration, the birth shall be registered on a form prescribed by the State Registrar of Vital Records and shall be submitted to him for filing. The State Registrar of Vital Records may accept the certificate for filing when such evidence is submitted to substantiate the facts of birth as is required by regulation. Each certificate filed under this subsection shall be marked "delayed".
    (c) When the birth occurred more than 7 years prior to the application for registration, the certificate of birth shall be prepared on a form entitled "Delayed Record of Birth". The information provided on such registration form shall be subscribed and sworn to by the person whose birth is to be registered before an official authorized to administer oaths. When such person is not of legal age or is otherwise not competent to swear to this information, it shall be subscribed and sworn to by a parent, legal guardian, or other legally designated representative of this person.
    If the person whose birth is to be registered is deceased, the information provided on such registration form shall be subscribed and sworn to by a spouse or descendant of such person. Such Delayed Record of Birth shall have the word "Deceased" stamped on it.
    (c‑1) The form shall provide for the name and sex of the person whose birth is to be registered, and place and date of birth, and such other information as may be required by the State Registrar of Vital Records. Each request for completing the delayed registration shall be accompanied by a fee of $15 and entitles the applicant to one certification or certified copy of the delayed record of birth when completed. A fee of $2 shall be required for each additional certification or certified copy requested at the time of filing. The original delayed record of birth shall be filed with the State Registrar of Vital Records. The State Registrar of Vital Records shall accept the registration if the applicant was born in this State and if the date and place of birth and parentage are established to the satisfaction of the State Registrar of Vital Records, as follows: The age or date of birth and place of birth shall be supported by at least 2 documents, only one of which may be an affidavit of personal knowledge. The names of the parents shall be supported by at least one document, which may be one of the above documents. Any document accepted as evidence, other than an affidavit of personal knowledge, shall be at least 5 years old. A copy or abstract of such document may be accepted if certified as true and correct by the custodian of the document.
    If the birth occurred prior to January 1, 1916, the application for a delayed record of birth may be initially filed with the county clerk of the county of birth, provided that all requirements of the Department are met. Final approval, however, rests with the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (2) When the delayed record of birth is accepted, the State Registrar of Vital Records shall enter on its face a description of each document submitted in support of the registration. He shall also record the filing date and affix his signature as evidence of its acceptance as a legal record. He may return any documents, other than affidavits, submitted as evidence to the person or persons submitting them. A complete and exact copy of each delayed record of birth accepted by the State Registrar of Vital Records shall be furnished by him to the official custodian of any permanent local file containing other records of births occurring during the same year as that established in the delayed record of birth.
    (3) When the application does not contain documentation in support of the birth facts, as required by this Section or by regulation, or when the registration official finds reason to question the validity or adequacy of the record or the documentary evidence, the registration official shall not accept the delayed registration of birth and shall advise the applicant of the reasons for this action. In the event the deficiencies are not corrected, the State Registrar of Vital Records shall advise the applicant of his rights to appeal to a court of competent jurisdiction under the provisions of Section 15 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1480.)

    (410 ILCS 535/15) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑15)
    Sec. 15. Procedure upon refusal to accept delayed record of birth.
    (1) If a delayed record of birth is not accepted under the provisions of Section 14, a petition may be filed with the circuit court of the petitioner's county of birth, or, if a resident of Illinois, with the circuit court of the county of his residence, or, if he resides in another state, with any court of competent jurisdiction of that state, for an order establishing a record of the date and place of the petitioner's birth and his parentage.
    (2) If the petition is filed in Illinois, it shall be made on a form prescribed and furnished by the State Registrar of Vital Records and shall allege:
        (a) that the person for whom a delayed record of
     birth is sought was born in this State;

State Codes and Statutes

Statutes > Illinois > Chapter410 > 1573

    (410 ILCS 535/1) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑1)
    Sec. 1. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
    (1) "Vital records" means records of births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, dissolution of marriages, and data related thereto.
    (2) "System of vital records" includes the registration, collection, preservation, amendment, and certification of vital records, and activities related thereto.
    (3) "Filing" means the presentation of a certificate, report, or other record provided for in this Act, of a birth, death, fetal death, adoption, marriage, or dissolution of marriage, for registration by the Office of Vital Records.
    (4) "Registration" means the acceptance by the Office of Vital Records and the incorporation in its official records of certificates, reports, or other records provided for in this Act, of births, deaths, fetal deaths, adoptions, marriages, or dissolution of marriages.
    (5) "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 such separation 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.
    (6) "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; the death is indicated by the fact that after such separation 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.
    (7) "Dead body" means a lifeless human body or parts of such body or bones thereof from the state of which it may reasonably be concluded that death has occurred.
    (8) "Final disposition" means the burial, cremation, or other disposition of a dead human body or fetus or parts thereof.
    (9) "Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine in Illinois or any other State.
    (10) "Institution" means any establishment, public or private, which provides in‑patient medical, surgical, or diagnostic care or treatment, or nursing, custodial, or domiciliary care to 2 or more unrelated individuals, or to which persons are committed by law.
    (11) "Department" means the Department of Public Health of the State of Illinois.
    (12) "Director" means the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
(Source: P.A. 81‑230.)

    (410 ILCS 535/2) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑2)
    Sec. 2. There is hereby established in the Department of Public Health an Office of Vital Records which shall install, maintain, and operate the system of vital records throughout this State.
    Suitable quarters for this office shall be provided by the Secretary of State, which quarters shall be so equipped as to permit the permanent and safe preservation of all official records required for the operation of the system.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/3) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑3)
    Sec. 3. The Department is authorized to adopt, modify, amend, repeal, promulgate, and enforce rules and regulations for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 2935.)

    (410 ILCS 535/3.1) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑3.1)
    Sec. 3.1. The provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act are hereby expressly adopted and shall apply to all administrative rules and procedures of the Department under this Act, except that Section 5‑35 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act relating to procedures for rule‑making does not apply to the adoption of any rule required by federal law in connection with which the Department is precluded by law from exercising any discretion.
(Source: P.A. 88‑45.)

    (410 ILCS 535/4) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑4)
    Sec. 4. The Director shall be the State Registrar of Vital Records, and shall, in accordance with the State Personnel Code, appoint a Deputy State Registrar and all other personnel necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/5) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑5)
    Sec. 5. (1) The State Registrar of Vital Records shall:
    (a) Administer and enforce this Act and the rules and regulations issued hereunder;
    (b) Direct, supervise, and issue instructions necessary to the efficient administration of a statewide system of vital records, the Office of Vital Records, and be custodian of its records;
    (c) Direct, supervise, and control all activities of local and subregistrars;
    (d) Prescribe and distribute such forms as are required by this Act and the rules and regulations issued hereunder;
    (e) Arrange the certificates in a systematic manner; prepare and maintain a comprehensive index; permanently preserve and keep all such records either in the original or in photographic or micro‑photographic form;
    (f) Prepare and publish reports of vital statistics of this State, and such other reports as may be required by the Department.
    (2) The State Registrar of Vital Records may delegate such functions and duties as are necessary to properly carry out the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/6) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑6)
    Sec. 6. The State Registrar of Vital Records shall establish registration districts throughout the State. He may consolidate or subdivide such districts to facilitate registration.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/7) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑7)
    Sec. 7. The State Registrar of Vital Records shall appoint and may remove for just cause local registrars. Persons eligible to serve as local registrars are:
    (1) In cities, villages, and incorporated towns, the clerk of the city, village, or incorporated town.
    (2) The township clerk in each township in counties under township organization, excepting those portions of the township constituting a separate registration district.
    (3) The road district clerk in each road district in counties not under township organization, excepting those portions of the road district constituting a separate registration district.
    (4) The health officer of any public health department defined as a full time public health department under the rules and regulations of the Department.
    (5) If none of the preceding officers is available to act as a local registrar, any full time public officer of county or local government in the district or a hospital administrator of any licensed hospital in the district which is not located within a home rule county.
(Source: P.A. 79‑888.)

    (410 ILCS 535/8) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑8)
    Sec. 8. Each local registrar shall:
    (1) Appoint one or more deputies to act for him in his absence or to assist him. Such deputies shall be subject to all rules and regulations governing local registrars.
    (2) Appoint one or more subregistrars when necessary for the convenience of the people. To become effective, such appointments must be approved by the State Registrar of Vital Records. A subregistrar shall exercise such authority as is given him by the local registrar and is subject to the supervision and control of the State Registrar of Vital Records, and shall be liable to the same penalties as local registrars, as provided in Section 27 of this Act.
    (3) Administer and enforce the provisions of this Act and the instructions, rules, and regulations issued hereunder.
    (4) Require that certificates be completed and filed in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the rules and regulations issued hereunder.
    (5) Prepare and transmit monthly an accurate copy of each record of live birth, death, and fetal death to the county clerk of his county. He shall also, in the case of a death of a person who was a resident of another county, prepare an additional copy of the death record and transmit it to the county clerk of the county in which such person was a resident. In no case shall the county clerk's copy of a live birth record include the section of the certificate which contains information for health and statistical program use only.
    (6) (Blank).
    (7) Prepare, file, and retain for a period of at least 10 years in his own office an accurate copy of each record of live birth, death, and fetal death accepted for registration. Only in those instances in which the local registrar is also a full time city, village, incorporated town, public health district, county, or multi‑county health officer recognized by the Department may the health and statistical data section of the live birth record be made a part of this copy.
    (8) Transmit monthly the certificates, reports, or other returns filed with him to the State Registrar of Vital Records, or more frequently when directed to do so by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (8.5) Transmit monthly to the State central register of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services a copy of all death certificates of persons under 18 years of age who have died within the month.
    (9) Maintain such records, make such reports, and perform such other duties as may be required by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
(Source: P.A. 89‑641, eff. 8‑9‑96; 90‑608, eff. 6‑30‑98.)

    (410 ILCS 535/9) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑9)
    Sec. 9. (1) Each local registrar shall be paid the sum of $1 for each certificate of birth, death, or fetal death properly registered in his district and transmitted by him to the State Registrar of Vital Records up to an aggregate annual total of 10,000 certificates; and for each such certificate so made out and filed with and registered by him in excess of an annual total of 10,000 certificates, the registrar shall be paid the sum of 20 cents, providing such certificate meets the standards of acceptability prescribed by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (2) If no birth, death, or fetal death is registered with him during any calendar month, the local registrar shall report that fact to the State Registrar of Vital Records and be paid the sum of 50 cents.
    (3) Any registration fee due a subregistrar for births, deaths, or fetal deaths registered by him and presented to the local registrar in accordance with the provisions of this Act shall be certified to and paid by the local registrar, such fee not to exceed $1 for each certificate registered.
(Source: P.A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/10) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑10)
    Sec. 10. (1) The State Registrar of Vital Records shall, at the close of each calendar year, certify to the county clerk of each of the several counties the number of births, deaths, and fetal deaths properly registered in his county, with the names of the local registrars entitled to the prescribed fees, and the amount due each at the rate fixed in this Act.
    (2) The local registrar shall, at the close of each calendar year, certify to and pay each of his subregistrars the amount due each at the rate established by the local registrar under the provisions of Section 9 of this Act.
    (3) The amounts payable to local registrars under the provisions of this Act are hereby made and declared to be a charge upon the county in which such fees are paid, and the county clerk, or other county officer by whom warrants on the county treasurer are issued, of each of the several counties, shall issue to such local registrars his warrant upon the county treasurer of the county for the amount of fee due each person entitled to such fee as certified to by the State Registrar of Vital Records, and the county treasurer of the county shall pay the same upon presentation. All county boards shall appropriate such amounts as may be necessary for efficiently carrying out the provisions of this Act in their respective counties.
    (4) If the corporate authorities of any city, village, township or incorporated town so direct by ordinance, the fees payable to any officer or employee, acting as registrar or subregistrar, of such city, village, township or incorporated town as provided in Section 9 of this Act shall be transmitted directly, in the manner provided in this Act, to the treasurer of the political subdivision adopting such ordinance for deposit in the corporate account.
(Source: P. A. 76‑2244.)

    (410 ILCS 535/11)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑11)
    Sec. 11. Information required on forms.
    (a) The form of certificates, reports, and other returns required by this Act or by regulations adopted under this Act shall include as a minimum the items recommended by the federal agency responsible for national vital statistics, subject to approval of and modification by the Department. All forms shall be prescribed and furnished by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (b) On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1983, all forms used to collect information under this Act which request information concerning the race or ethnicity of an individual by providing spaces for the designation of that individual as "white" or "black", or the semantic equivalent thereof, shall provide an additional space for a designation as "Hispanic".
    (c) Effective November 1, 1990, the social security numbers of the mother and father shall be collected at the time of the birth of the child. These numbers shall not be recorded on the certificate of live birth. The numbers may be used only for those purposes allowed by Federal law.
    (d) The social security number of a person who has died shall be entered on the death certificate; however, failure to enter the social security number of the person who has died on the death certificate does not invalidate the death certificate.
    (e) If the place of disposition of a dead human body or cremated remains is in a cemetery, the burial permit shall include the place of disposition. The place of disposition shall include the lot, block, section, and plot or niche where the dead human body or cremated remains are located. This subsection does not apply to cremated remains scattered in a cemetery.
(Source: P.A. 96‑863, eff. 3‑1‑10.)

    (410 ILCS 535/12)
    Sec. 12. Live births; place of registration.
    (1) Each live birth which occurs in this State shall be registered with the local or subregistrar of the district in which the birth occurred as provided in this Section, within 7 days after the birth. When a birth occurs on a moving conveyance, the city, village, township, or road district in which the child is first removed from the conveyance shall be considered the place of birth and a birth certificate shall be filed in the registration district in which the place is located.
    (2) When a birth occurs in an institution, the person in charge of the institution or his designated representative shall obtain and record all the personal and statistical particulars relative to the parents of the child that are required to properly complete the live birth certificate; shall secure the required personal signatures on the hospital worksheet; shall prepare the certificate from this worksheet; and shall file the certificate with the local registrar. The institution shall retain the hospital worksheet permanently or as otherwise specified by rule. The physician in attendance shall verify or provide the date of birth and medical information required by the certificate, within 24 hours after the birth occurs.
    (3) When a birth occurs outside an institution, the certificate shall be prepared and filed by one of the following in the indicated order of priority:
        (a) The physician in attendance at or immediately
    after the birth, or in the absence of such a person,
        (b) Any other person in attendance at or immediately
    after the birth, or in the absence of such a person,
        (c) 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.
    (4) Unless otherwise provided in this Act, if the mother was not married to the father of the child at either the time of conception or the time of birth, the name of the father shall be entered on the child's birth certificate only if the mother and the person to be named as the father have signed an acknowledgment of parentage in accordance with subsection (5).
    Unless otherwise provided in this Act, if the mother was married at the time of conception or birth and the presumed father (that is, the mother's husband) is not the biological father of the child, the name of the biological father shall be entered on the child's birth certificate only if, in accordance with subsection (5), (i) the mother and the person to be named as the father have signed an acknowledgment of parentage and (ii) the mother and presumed father have signed a denial of paternity.
    (5) Upon the birth of a child to an unmarried woman, or upon the birth of a child to a woman who was married at the time of conception or birth and whose husband is not the biological father of the child, the institution at the time of birth and the local registrar or county clerk after the birth shall do the following:
        (a) Provide (i) an opportunity for the child's mother
    and father to sign an acknowledgment of parentage and (ii) if the presumed father is not the biological father, an opportunity for the mother and presumed father to sign a denial of paternity. The signing and witnessing of the acknowledgment of parentage or, if the presumed father of the child is not the biological father, the acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity conclusively establishes a parent and child relationship in accordance with Sections 5 and 6 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984.
        The Department of Healthcare and Family Services
    shall furnish the acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity form to institutions, county clerks, and State and local registrars' offices. The form shall include instructions to send the original signed and witnessed acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The acknowledgement of paternity and denial of paternity form shall also include a statement informing the mother, the alleged father, and the presumed father, if any, that they have the right to request deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests regarding the issue of the child's paternity and that by signing the form, they expressly waive such tests. The statement shall be set forth in bold‑face capital letters not less than 0.25 inches in height.
        (b) Provide the following documents, furnished by the
    Department of Healthcare and Family Services, to the child's mother, biological father, and (if the person presumed to be the child's father is not the biological father) presumed father for their review at the time the opportunity is provided to establish a parent and child relationship:
            (i) An explanation of the implications of,
        alternatives to, legal consequences of, and the rights and responsibilities that arise from signing an acknowledgment of parentage and, if necessary, a denial of paternity, including an explanation of the parental rights and responsibilities of child support, visitation, custody, retroactive support, health insurance coverage, and payment of birth expenses.
            (ii) An explanation of the benefits of having a
        child's parentage established and the availability of parentage establishment and child support enforcement services.
            (iii) A request for an application for child
        support enforcement services from the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
            (iv) Instructions concerning the opportunity to
        speak, either by telephone or in person, with staff of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services who are trained to clarify information and answer questions about paternity establishment.
            (v) Instructions for completing and signing the
        acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity.
        (c) Provide an oral explanation of the documents and
    instructions set forth in subdivision (5)(b), including an explanation of the implications of, alternatives to, legal consequences of, and the rights and responsibilities that arise from signing an acknowledgment of parentage and, if necessary, a denial of paternity. The oral explanation may be given in person or through the use of video or audio equipment.
    (6) The institution, State or local registrar, or county clerk shall provide an opportunity for the child's father or mother to sign a rescission of parentage. The signing and witnessing of the rescission of parentage voids the acknowledgment of parentage and nullifies the presumption of paternity if executed and filed with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (formerly Illinois Department of Public Aid) within the time frame contained in Section 5 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall furnish the rescission of parentage form to institutions, county clerks, and State and local registrars' offices. The form shall include instructions to send the original signed and witnessed rescission of parentage to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
    (7) An acknowledgment of paternity signed pursuant to Section 6 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 may be challenged in court only on the basis of fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact, with the burden of proof upon the challenging party. Pending outcome of a challenge to the acknowledgment of paternity, the legal responsibilities of the signatories shall remain in full force and effect, except upon order of the court upon a showing of good cause.
    (8) When the process for acknowledgment of parentage as provided for under subsection (5) establishes the paternity of a child whose certificate of birth is on file in another state, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall forward a copy of the acknowledgment of parentage, the denial of paternity, if applicable, and the rescission of parentage, if applicable, to the birth record agency of the state where the child's certificate of birth is on file.
    (9) In the event the parent‑child relationship has been established in accordance with subdivision (a)(1) of Section 6 of the Parentage Act of 1984, the names of the biological mother and biological father so established shall be entered on the child's birth certificate, and the names of the surrogate mother and surrogate mother's husband, if any, shall not be on the birth certificate.
(Source: P.A. 95‑331, eff. 8‑21‑07; 96‑333, eff. 8‑11‑09; 96‑474, eff. 8‑14‑09; 96‑1000, eff. 7‑2‑10.)

    (410 ILCS 535/13) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑13)
    Sec. 13. (1) 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 of Vital Records, within 3 days, to the local registrar of the district in which the child was found, the following information:
    (a) The date and place of finding;
    (b) Sex, color or race, and approximate age of child;
    (c) Name and address of the persons or institution with whom the child has been placed for care;
    (d) Name given to the child by the custodian; and
    (e) Other data required by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (2) The place where the child was found shall be entered as the place of birth, and the date of birth shall be determined by approximation.
    (3) A report filed under this Section shall constitute the certificate of birth for the infant.
    (4) If the child is identified and a certificate of birth is found or obtained, any report filed under this Section shall be sealed and filed and may be opened only by order of a court of competent jurisdiction or as provided by regulation.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/14) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑14)
    Sec. 14. (1) Subject to the requirements that the Department may prescribe, the birth of a person born in this State, whose birth is not registered, may be recorded by delayed registration in the manner prescribed below:
    (a) When the birth occurred more than 3 days but less than one year prior to the application for registration, the birth may be registered on a certificate of live birth and be submitted for filing to the local registrar of the district in which the birth occurred. The local registrar may accept the certificate for filing when such evidence is submitted to substantiate the facts of birth as is required by regulation.
    (b) When the birth occurred more than one year but less than 7 years prior to the application for registration, the birth shall be registered on a form prescribed by the State Registrar of Vital Records and shall be submitted to him for filing. The State Registrar of Vital Records may accept the certificate for filing when such evidence is submitted to substantiate the facts of birth as is required by regulation. Each certificate filed under this subsection shall be marked "delayed".
    (c) When the birth occurred more than 7 years prior to the application for registration, the certificate of birth shall be prepared on a form entitled "Delayed Record of Birth". The information provided on such registration form shall be subscribed and sworn to by the person whose birth is to be registered before an official authorized to administer oaths. When such person is not of legal age or is otherwise not competent to swear to this information, it shall be subscribed and sworn to by a parent, legal guardian, or other legally designated representative of this person.
    If the person whose birth is to be registered is deceased, the information provided on such registration form shall be subscribed and sworn to by a spouse or descendant of such person. Such Delayed Record of Birth shall have the word "Deceased" stamped on it.
    (c‑1) The form shall provide for the name and sex of the person whose birth is to be registered, and place and date of birth, and such other information as may be required by the State Registrar of Vital Records. Each request for completing the delayed registration shall be accompanied by a fee of $15 and entitles the applicant to one certification or certified copy of the delayed record of birth when completed. A fee of $2 shall be required for each additional certification or certified copy requested at the time of filing. The original delayed record of birth shall be filed with the State Registrar of Vital Records. The State Registrar of Vital Records shall accept the registration if the applicant was born in this State and if the date and place of birth and parentage are established to the satisfaction of the State Registrar of Vital Records, as follows: The age or date of birth and place of birth shall be supported by at least 2 documents, only one of which may be an affidavit of personal knowledge. The names of the parents shall be supported by at least one document, which may be one of the above documents. Any document accepted as evidence, other than an affidavit of personal knowledge, shall be at least 5 years old. A copy or abstract of such document may be accepted if certified as true and correct by the custodian of the document.
    If the birth occurred prior to January 1, 1916, the application for a delayed record of birth may be initially filed with the county clerk of the county of birth, provided that all requirements of the Department are met. Final approval, however, rests with the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (2) When the delayed record of birth is accepted, the State Registrar of Vital Records shall enter on its face a description of each document submitted in support of the registration. He shall also record the filing date and affix his signature as evidence of its acceptance as a legal record. He may return any documents, other than affidavits, submitted as evidence to the person or persons submitting them. A complete and exact copy of each delayed record of birth accepted by the State Registrar of Vital Records shall be furnished by him to the official custodian of any permanent local file containing other records of births occurring during the same year as that established in the delayed record of birth.
    (3) When the application does not contain documentation in support of the birth facts, as required by this Section or by regulation, or when the registration official finds reason to question the validity or adequacy of the record or the documentary evidence, the registration official shall not accept the delayed registration of birth and shall advise the applicant of the reasons for this action. In the event the deficiencies are not corrected, the State Registrar of Vital Records shall advise the applicant of his rights to appeal to a court of competent jurisdiction under the provisions of Section 15 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1480.)

    (410 ILCS 535/15) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑15)
    Sec. 15. Procedure upon refusal to accept delayed record of birth.
    (1) If a delayed record of birth is not accepted under the provisions of Section 14, a petition may be filed with the circuit court of the petitioner's county of birth, or, if a resident of Illinois, with the circuit court of the county of his residence, or, if he resides in another state, with any court of competent jurisdiction of that state, for an order establishing a record of the date and place of the petitioner's birth and his parentage.
    (2) If the petition is filed in Illinois, it shall be made on a form prescribed and furnished by the State Registrar of Vital Records and shall allege:
        (a) that the person for whom a delayed record of
     birth is sought was born in this State;
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    (410 ILCS 535/1) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑1)
    Sec. 1. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
    (1) "Vital records" means records of births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, dissolution of marriages, and data related thereto.
    (2) "System of vital records" includes the registration, collection, preservation, amendment, and certification of vital records, and activities related thereto.
    (3) "Filing" means the presentation of a certificate, report, or other record provided for in this Act, of a birth, death, fetal death, adoption, marriage, or dissolution of marriage, for registration by the Office of Vital Records.
    (4) "Registration" means the acceptance by the Office of Vital Records and the incorporation in its official records of certificates, reports, or other records provided for in this Act, of births, deaths, fetal deaths, adoptions, marriages, or dissolution of marriages.
    (5) "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 such separation 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.
    (6) "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; the death is indicated by the fact that after such separation 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.
    (7) "Dead body" means a lifeless human body or parts of such body or bones thereof from the state of which it may reasonably be concluded that death has occurred.
    (8) "Final disposition" means the burial, cremation, or other disposition of a dead human body or fetus or parts thereof.
    (9) "Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine in Illinois or any other State.
    (10) "Institution" means any establishment, public or private, which provides in‑patient medical, surgical, or diagnostic care or treatment, or nursing, custodial, or domiciliary care to 2 or more unrelated individuals, or to which persons are committed by law.
    (11) "Department" means the Department of Public Health of the State of Illinois.
    (12) "Director" means the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
(Source: P.A. 81‑230.)

    (410 ILCS 535/2) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑2)
    Sec. 2. There is hereby established in the Department of Public Health an Office of Vital Records which shall install, maintain, and operate the system of vital records throughout this State.
    Suitable quarters for this office shall be provided by the Secretary of State, which quarters shall be so equipped as to permit the permanent and safe preservation of all official records required for the operation of the system.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/3) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑3)
    Sec. 3. The Department is authorized to adopt, modify, amend, repeal, promulgate, and enforce rules and regulations for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 2935.)

    (410 ILCS 535/3.1) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑3.1)
    Sec. 3.1. The provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act are hereby expressly adopted and shall apply to all administrative rules and procedures of the Department under this Act, except that Section 5‑35 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act relating to procedures for rule‑making does not apply to the adoption of any rule required by federal law in connection with which the Department is precluded by law from exercising any discretion.
(Source: P.A. 88‑45.)

    (410 ILCS 535/4) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑4)
    Sec. 4. The Director shall be the State Registrar of Vital Records, and shall, in accordance with the State Personnel Code, appoint a Deputy State Registrar and all other personnel necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/5) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑5)
    Sec. 5. (1) The State Registrar of Vital Records shall:
    (a) Administer and enforce this Act and the rules and regulations issued hereunder;
    (b) Direct, supervise, and issue instructions necessary to the efficient administration of a statewide system of vital records, the Office of Vital Records, and be custodian of its records;
    (c) Direct, supervise, and control all activities of local and subregistrars;
    (d) Prescribe and distribute such forms as are required by this Act and the rules and regulations issued hereunder;
    (e) Arrange the certificates in a systematic manner; prepare and maintain a comprehensive index; permanently preserve and keep all such records either in the original or in photographic or micro‑photographic form;
    (f) Prepare and publish reports of vital statistics of this State, and such other reports as may be required by the Department.
    (2) The State Registrar of Vital Records may delegate such functions and duties as are necessary to properly carry out the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/6) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑6)
    Sec. 6. The State Registrar of Vital Records shall establish registration districts throughout the State. He may consolidate or subdivide such districts to facilitate registration.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/7) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑7)
    Sec. 7. The State Registrar of Vital Records shall appoint and may remove for just cause local registrars. Persons eligible to serve as local registrars are:
    (1) In cities, villages, and incorporated towns, the clerk of the city, village, or incorporated town.
    (2) The township clerk in each township in counties under township organization, excepting those portions of the township constituting a separate registration district.
    (3) The road district clerk in each road district in counties not under township organization, excepting those portions of the road district constituting a separate registration district.
    (4) The health officer of any public health department defined as a full time public health department under the rules and regulations of the Department.
    (5) If none of the preceding officers is available to act as a local registrar, any full time public officer of county or local government in the district or a hospital administrator of any licensed hospital in the district which is not located within a home rule county.
(Source: P.A. 79‑888.)

    (410 ILCS 535/8) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑8)
    Sec. 8. Each local registrar shall:
    (1) Appoint one or more deputies to act for him in his absence or to assist him. Such deputies shall be subject to all rules and regulations governing local registrars.
    (2) Appoint one or more subregistrars when necessary for the convenience of the people. To become effective, such appointments must be approved by the State Registrar of Vital Records. A subregistrar shall exercise such authority as is given him by the local registrar and is subject to the supervision and control of the State Registrar of Vital Records, and shall be liable to the same penalties as local registrars, as provided in Section 27 of this Act.
    (3) Administer and enforce the provisions of this Act and the instructions, rules, and regulations issued hereunder.
    (4) Require that certificates be completed and filed in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the rules and regulations issued hereunder.
    (5) Prepare and transmit monthly an accurate copy of each record of live birth, death, and fetal death to the county clerk of his county. He shall also, in the case of a death of a person who was a resident of another county, prepare an additional copy of the death record and transmit it to the county clerk of the county in which such person was a resident. In no case shall the county clerk's copy of a live birth record include the section of the certificate which contains information for health and statistical program use only.
    (6) (Blank).
    (7) Prepare, file, and retain for a period of at least 10 years in his own office an accurate copy of each record of live birth, death, and fetal death accepted for registration. Only in those instances in which the local registrar is also a full time city, village, incorporated town, public health district, county, or multi‑county health officer recognized by the Department may the health and statistical data section of the live birth record be made a part of this copy.
    (8) Transmit monthly the certificates, reports, or other returns filed with him to the State Registrar of Vital Records, or more frequently when directed to do so by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (8.5) Transmit monthly to the State central register of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services a copy of all death certificates of persons under 18 years of age who have died within the month.
    (9) Maintain such records, make such reports, and perform such other duties as may be required by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
(Source: P.A. 89‑641, eff. 8‑9‑96; 90‑608, eff. 6‑30‑98.)

    (410 ILCS 535/9) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑9)
    Sec. 9. (1) Each local registrar shall be paid the sum of $1 for each certificate of birth, death, or fetal death properly registered in his district and transmitted by him to the State Registrar of Vital Records up to an aggregate annual total of 10,000 certificates; and for each such certificate so made out and filed with and registered by him in excess of an annual total of 10,000 certificates, the registrar shall be paid the sum of 20 cents, providing such certificate meets the standards of acceptability prescribed by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (2) If no birth, death, or fetal death is registered with him during any calendar month, the local registrar shall report that fact to the State Registrar of Vital Records and be paid the sum of 50 cents.
    (3) Any registration fee due a subregistrar for births, deaths, or fetal deaths registered by him and presented to the local registrar in accordance with the provisions of this Act shall be certified to and paid by the local registrar, such fee not to exceed $1 for each certificate registered.
(Source: P.A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/10) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑10)
    Sec. 10. (1) The State Registrar of Vital Records shall, at the close of each calendar year, certify to the county clerk of each of the several counties the number of births, deaths, and fetal deaths properly registered in his county, with the names of the local registrars entitled to the prescribed fees, and the amount due each at the rate fixed in this Act.
    (2) The local registrar shall, at the close of each calendar year, certify to and pay each of his subregistrars the amount due each at the rate established by the local registrar under the provisions of Section 9 of this Act.
    (3) The amounts payable to local registrars under the provisions of this Act are hereby made and declared to be a charge upon the county in which such fees are paid, and the county clerk, or other county officer by whom warrants on the county treasurer are issued, of each of the several counties, shall issue to such local registrars his warrant upon the county treasurer of the county for the amount of fee due each person entitled to such fee as certified to by the State Registrar of Vital Records, and the county treasurer of the county shall pay the same upon presentation. All county boards shall appropriate such amounts as may be necessary for efficiently carrying out the provisions of this Act in their respective counties.
    (4) If the corporate authorities of any city, village, township or incorporated town so direct by ordinance, the fees payable to any officer or employee, acting as registrar or subregistrar, of such city, village, township or incorporated town as provided in Section 9 of this Act shall be transmitted directly, in the manner provided in this Act, to the treasurer of the political subdivision adopting such ordinance for deposit in the corporate account.
(Source: P. A. 76‑2244.)

    (410 ILCS 535/11)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑11)
    Sec. 11. Information required on forms.
    (a) The form of certificates, reports, and other returns required by this Act or by regulations adopted under this Act shall include as a minimum the items recommended by the federal agency responsible for national vital statistics, subject to approval of and modification by the Department. All forms shall be prescribed and furnished by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (b) On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1983, all forms used to collect information under this Act which request information concerning the race or ethnicity of an individual by providing spaces for the designation of that individual as "white" or "black", or the semantic equivalent thereof, shall provide an additional space for a designation as "Hispanic".
    (c) Effective November 1, 1990, the social security numbers of the mother and father shall be collected at the time of the birth of the child. These numbers shall not be recorded on the certificate of live birth. The numbers may be used only for those purposes allowed by Federal law.
    (d) The social security number of a person who has died shall be entered on the death certificate; however, failure to enter the social security number of the person who has died on the death certificate does not invalidate the death certificate.
    (e) If the place of disposition of a dead human body or cremated remains is in a cemetery, the burial permit shall include the place of disposition. The place of disposition shall include the lot, block, section, and plot or niche where the dead human body or cremated remains are located. This subsection does not apply to cremated remains scattered in a cemetery.
(Source: P.A. 96‑863, eff. 3‑1‑10.)

    (410 ILCS 535/12)
    Sec. 12. Live births; place of registration.
    (1) Each live birth which occurs in this State shall be registered with the local or subregistrar of the district in which the birth occurred as provided in this Section, within 7 days after the birth. When a birth occurs on a moving conveyance, the city, village, township, or road district in which the child is first removed from the conveyance shall be considered the place of birth and a birth certificate shall be filed in the registration district in which the place is located.
    (2) When a birth occurs in an institution, the person in charge of the institution or his designated representative shall obtain and record all the personal and statistical particulars relative to the parents of the child that are required to properly complete the live birth certificate; shall secure the required personal signatures on the hospital worksheet; shall prepare the certificate from this worksheet; and shall file the certificate with the local registrar. The institution shall retain the hospital worksheet permanently or as otherwise specified by rule. The physician in attendance shall verify or provide the date of birth and medical information required by the certificate, within 24 hours after the birth occurs.
    (3) When a birth occurs outside an institution, the certificate shall be prepared and filed by one of the following in the indicated order of priority:
        (a) The physician in attendance at or immediately
    after the birth, or in the absence of such a person,
        (b) Any other person in attendance at or immediately
    after the birth, or in the absence of such a person,
        (c) 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.
    (4) Unless otherwise provided in this Act, if the mother was not married to the father of the child at either the time of conception or the time of birth, the name of the father shall be entered on the child's birth certificate only if the mother and the person to be named as the father have signed an acknowledgment of parentage in accordance with subsection (5).
    Unless otherwise provided in this Act, if the mother was married at the time of conception or birth and the presumed father (that is, the mother's husband) is not the biological father of the child, the name of the biological father shall be entered on the child's birth certificate only if, in accordance with subsection (5), (i) the mother and the person to be named as the father have signed an acknowledgment of parentage and (ii) the mother and presumed father have signed a denial of paternity.
    (5) Upon the birth of a child to an unmarried woman, or upon the birth of a child to a woman who was married at the time of conception or birth and whose husband is not the biological father of the child, the institution at the time of birth and the local registrar or county clerk after the birth shall do the following:
        (a) Provide (i) an opportunity for the child's mother
    and father to sign an acknowledgment of parentage and (ii) if the presumed father is not the biological father, an opportunity for the mother and presumed father to sign a denial of paternity. The signing and witnessing of the acknowledgment of parentage or, if the presumed father of the child is not the biological father, the acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity conclusively establishes a parent and child relationship in accordance with Sections 5 and 6 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984.
        The Department of Healthcare and Family Services
    shall furnish the acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity form to institutions, county clerks, and State and local registrars' offices. The form shall include instructions to send the original signed and witnessed acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The acknowledgement of paternity and denial of paternity form shall also include a statement informing the mother, the alleged father, and the presumed father, if any, that they have the right to request deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests regarding the issue of the child's paternity and that by signing the form, they expressly waive such tests. The statement shall be set forth in bold‑face capital letters not less than 0.25 inches in height.
        (b) Provide the following documents, furnished by the
    Department of Healthcare and Family Services, to the child's mother, biological father, and (if the person presumed to be the child's father is not the biological father) presumed father for their review at the time the opportunity is provided to establish a parent and child relationship:
            (i) An explanation of the implications of,
        alternatives to, legal consequences of, and the rights and responsibilities that arise from signing an acknowledgment of parentage and, if necessary, a denial of paternity, including an explanation of the parental rights and responsibilities of child support, visitation, custody, retroactive support, health insurance coverage, and payment of birth expenses.
            (ii) An explanation of the benefits of having a
        child's parentage established and the availability of parentage establishment and child support enforcement services.
            (iii) A request for an application for child
        support enforcement services from the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
            (iv) Instructions concerning the opportunity to
        speak, either by telephone or in person, with staff of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services who are trained to clarify information and answer questions about paternity establishment.
            (v) Instructions for completing and signing the
        acknowledgment of parentage and denial of paternity.
        (c) Provide an oral explanation of the documents and
    instructions set forth in subdivision (5)(b), including an explanation of the implications of, alternatives to, legal consequences of, and the rights and responsibilities that arise from signing an acknowledgment of parentage and, if necessary, a denial of paternity. The oral explanation may be given in person or through the use of video or audio equipment.
    (6) The institution, State or local registrar, or county clerk shall provide an opportunity for the child's father or mother to sign a rescission of parentage. The signing and witnessing of the rescission of parentage voids the acknowledgment of parentage and nullifies the presumption of paternity if executed and filed with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (formerly Illinois Department of Public Aid) within the time frame contained in Section 5 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall furnish the rescission of parentage form to institutions, county clerks, and State and local registrars' offices. The form shall include instructions to send the original signed and witnessed rescission of parentage to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
    (7) An acknowledgment of paternity signed pursuant to Section 6 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 may be challenged in court only on the basis of fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact, with the burden of proof upon the challenging party. Pending outcome of a challenge to the acknowledgment of paternity, the legal responsibilities of the signatories shall remain in full force and effect, except upon order of the court upon a showing of good cause.
    (8) When the process for acknowledgment of parentage as provided for under subsection (5) establishes the paternity of a child whose certificate of birth is on file in another state, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall forward a copy of the acknowledgment of parentage, the denial of paternity, if applicable, and the rescission of parentage, if applicable, to the birth record agency of the state where the child's certificate of birth is on file.
    (9) In the event the parent‑child relationship has been established in accordance with subdivision (a)(1) of Section 6 of the Parentage Act of 1984, the names of the biological mother and biological father so established shall be entered on the child's birth certificate, and the names of the surrogate mother and surrogate mother's husband, if any, shall not be on the birth certificate.
(Source: P.A. 95‑331, eff. 8‑21‑07; 96‑333, eff. 8‑11‑09; 96‑474, eff. 8‑14‑09; 96‑1000, eff. 7‑2‑10.)

    (410 ILCS 535/13) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑13)
    Sec. 13. (1) 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 of Vital Records, within 3 days, to the local registrar of the district in which the child was found, the following information:
    (a) The date and place of finding;
    (b) Sex, color or race, and approximate age of child;
    (c) Name and address of the persons or institution with whom the child has been placed for care;
    (d) Name given to the child by the custodian; and
    (e) Other data required by the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (2) The place where the child was found shall be entered as the place of birth, and the date of birth shall be determined by approximation.
    (3) A report filed under this Section shall constitute the certificate of birth for the infant.
    (4) If the child is identified and a certificate of birth is found or obtained, any report filed under this Section shall be sealed and filed and may be opened only by order of a court of competent jurisdiction or as provided by regulation.
(Source: P. A. 76‑678.)

    (410 ILCS 535/14) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑14)
    Sec. 14. (1) Subject to the requirements that the Department may prescribe, the birth of a person born in this State, whose birth is not registered, may be recorded by delayed registration in the manner prescribed below:
    (a) When the birth occurred more than 3 days but less than one year prior to the application for registration, the birth may be registered on a certificate of live birth and be submitted for filing to the local registrar of the district in which the birth occurred. The local registrar may accept the certificate for filing when such evidence is submitted to substantiate the facts of birth as is required by regulation.
    (b) When the birth occurred more than one year but less than 7 years prior to the application for registration, the birth shall be registered on a form prescribed by the State Registrar of Vital Records and shall be submitted to him for filing. The State Registrar of Vital Records may accept the certificate for filing when such evidence is submitted to substantiate the facts of birth as is required by regulation. Each certificate filed under this subsection shall be marked "delayed".
    (c) When the birth occurred more than 7 years prior to the application for registration, the certificate of birth shall be prepared on a form entitled "Delayed Record of Birth". The information provided on such registration form shall be subscribed and sworn to by the person whose birth is to be registered before an official authorized to administer oaths. When such person is not of legal age or is otherwise not competent to swear to this information, it shall be subscribed and sworn to by a parent, legal guardian, or other legally designated representative of this person.
    If the person whose birth is to be registered is deceased, the information provided on such registration form shall be subscribed and sworn to by a spouse or descendant of such person. Such Delayed Record of Birth shall have the word "Deceased" stamped on it.
    (c‑1) The form shall provide for the name and sex of the person whose birth is to be registered, and place and date of birth, and such other information as may be required by the State Registrar of Vital Records. Each request for completing the delayed registration shall be accompanied by a fee of $15 and entitles the applicant to one certification or certified copy of the delayed record of birth when completed. A fee of $2 shall be required for each additional certification or certified copy requested at the time of filing. The original delayed record of birth shall be filed with the State Registrar of Vital Records. The State Registrar of Vital Records shall accept the registration if the applicant was born in this State and if the date and place of birth and parentage are established to the satisfaction of the State Registrar of Vital Records, as follows: The age or date of birth and place of birth shall be supported by at least 2 documents, only one of which may be an affidavit of personal knowledge. The names of the parents shall be supported by at least one document, which may be one of the above documents. Any document accepted as evidence, other than an affidavit of personal knowledge, shall be at least 5 years old. A copy or abstract of such document may be accepted if certified as true and correct by the custodian of the document.
    If the birth occurred prior to January 1, 1916, the application for a delayed record of birth may be initially filed with the county clerk of the county of birth, provided that all requirements of the Department are met. Final approval, however, rests with the State Registrar of Vital Records.
    (2) When the delayed record of birth is accepted, the State Registrar of Vital Records shall enter on its face a description of each document submitted in support of the registration. He shall also record the filing date and affix his signature as evidence of its acceptance as a legal record. He may return any documents, other than affidavits, submitted as evidence to the person or persons submitting them. A complete and exact copy of each delayed record of birth accepted by the State Registrar of Vital Records shall be furnished by him to the official custodian of any permanent local file containing other records of births occurring during the same year as that established in the delayed record of birth.
    (3) When the application does not contain documentation in support of the birth facts, as required by this Section or by regulation, or when the registration official finds reason to question the validity or adequacy of the record or the documentary evidence, the registration official shall not accept the delayed registration of birth and shall advise the applicant of the reasons for this action. In the event the deficiencies are not corrected, the State Registrar of Vital Records shall advise the applicant of his rights to appeal to a court of competent jurisdiction under the provisions of Section 15 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1480.)

    (410 ILCS 535/15) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73‑15)
    Sec. 15. Procedure upon refusal to accept delayed record of birth.
    (1) If a delayed record of birth is not accepted under the provisions of Section 14, a petition may be filed with the circuit court of the petitioner's county of birth, or, if a resident of Illinois, with the circuit court of the county of his residence, or, if he resides in another state, with any court of competent jurisdiction of that state, for an order establishing a record of the date and place of the petitioner's birth and his parentage.
    (2) If the petition is filed in Illinois, it shall be made on a form prescribed and furnished by the State Registrar of Vital Records and shall allege:
        (a) that the person for whom a delayed record of
     birth is sought was born in this State;

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