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New law limits access to vital records

5:40 AM, Jul 10, 2010   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A new law goes into effect Monday that should limit access to vital records and prevent misuse of the information.

Vital records include:

  • Birth certificates
  • Fetal death and death certificates
  • marriage certificates
  • domestic partner registrations

Until this law, anyone could be granted access to these records, including for-profit organizations and individuals with - according to the Maine Center for Disease Control press release - "bad intentions."

The new law will limit access to the following:

  • The person named on the record
  • The person's spouse, domestic partner, parents and descendants
  • Those with a legal need (custodian, guardian, attorney, physician et. al.)
  • Genealogists with Maine CDC issued researcher identification card

Proof of identity must be presented when filling out an application for the record.

The law only applies to records that are less than 100 years old.

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