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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 181VITAL STATISTICS
SUBCHAPTER AMISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
RULE §181.10Availability of Birth Records to Ensure Confidentiality of Adoption Placement

(a) This section establishes requirements governing the control of public accessibility to birth records and in order to ensure the confidentiality of adoption placements.

(b) Availability of birth records generally.

  (1) Copies of birth records are available for request by the public for searching or inspection, in accordance with Government Code, §552.115, on or after the 75th anniversary of the date of birth as shown on the record filed with the Vital Statistics Unit or the local registration official. Original birth records shall not be made available to the public in the interest of preservation of the records.

  (2) The local registration official, upon receipt of a record of birth based on adoption or paternity must delete or expunge the birth record filed at the time of the event.


Source Note: The provisions of this §181.10 adopted to be effective January 29, 1988, 12 TexReg 4785; amended to be effective October 8, 1990, 15 TexReg 5603; amended to be effective March 16, 2000, 25 TexReg 2068; amended to be effective July 3, 2003, 28 TexReg 4904; amended to be effective July 22, 2004, 29 TexReg 6936; amended to be effective August 11, 2013, 38 TexReg 4896

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