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(Effective until January 1, 2021)

PDFWAC 246-491-039

Confidential information on state of Washington live birth and fetal death certificates under chapter 70.58 RCW.

(1) The confidential sections of the certificate of live birth and the certificate of fetal death are not subject to public inspection and may not be included on certified copies of the record except upon order of a court, or as specified in subsection (2) of this section.
(2) An individual who is the subject of the birth certificate may request the confidential information from that individual's birth certificate.
(a) All requests are to be made to the department on a form provided by the department.
(b) In order to obtain the confidential information:
(i) The individual and the subject of the birth certificate must be the same person.
(ii) The individual must have proof of identity as specified in (c) of this subsection.
(c) Proof of identity includes:
(i) A current document issued by a federal or state government with the individual's name, date of birth, photograph, signature, and physical description.
(ii) A legal record documenting any name change, if needed, to verify that the individual and the subject of the birth certificate are the same person.
(iii) If not applying in person, a notarized signature of the individual making the request must be included with the proof of identity.
(d) The department shall, upon receipt of a request in compliance with (a) through (c) of this subsection, provide to the individual the following items, as available from their birth certificate:
(i) Newborn medical record number;
(ii) Birth weight;
(iii) Infant head circumference;
(iv) Obstetric estimate of gestation;
(v) Apgar scores;
(vi) Infant transferred within twenty-four hours of delivery;
(vii) Abnormal conditions of the newborn; and
(viii) Congenital anomalies of the newborn.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.58.055. WSR 10-10-041, § 246-491-039, filed 4/27/10, effective 5/28/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.150, 70.58.055, and chapter 70.58 RCW. WSR 02-20-092, § 246-491-039, filed 10/1/02, effective 11/1/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.58 RCW. WSR 91-20-073 (Order 196B), § 246-491-039, filed 9/26/91, effective 10/27/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. WSR 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as § 246-491-039, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.58.200. WSR 88-19-092 (Order 310), § 248-124-015, filed 9/20/88.]
(Effective January 1, 2021)

PDFWAC 246-491-039

Obtaining confidential information on birth and fetal death records.

(1) The confidential sections of birth and fetal death records shall not be released except upon order of a court with jurisdiction over the department or as specified in subsection (2) of this section.
(2) The individual who is the subject of a birth record may request the confidential information as described in (c) of this subsection related to their own birth record if they comply with the following requirements:
(a) An individual must submit a request to the department on the required form and provide proper identity documentation as described in (b) of this subsection.
(b) Any person requesting confidential information contained in their own birth record must provide the department with valid proof of identity. For the purpose of this section, proof of identity means:
(i) A current and valid government issued identification that contains a photograph.
(ii) A legal record documenting any name change, if needed, to verify that the individual and the subject of the birth record are the same person.
(iii) If the individual making the request is not applying in person, a notarized signature of the individual making the request must be included with the proof of identity.
(c) The department shall, upon receipt of a request that complies with (a) and (b) of this subsection to the satisfaction of the state registrar, provide the individual with only the following items, if available, from their birth record:
(i) Newborn medical record number;
(ii) Birth weight;
(iii) Infant head circumference;
(iv) Obstetric estimate of gestation;
(v) Apgar scores;
(vi) Infant transferred within twenty-four hours of delivery;
(vii) Abnormal conditions of the newborn; and
(viii) Congenital anomalies of the newborn.
[Statutory Authority: 2019 c 148. WSR 20-13-017, § 246-491-039, filed 6/5/20, effective 1/1/21. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.58.055. WSR 10-10-041, § 246-491-039, filed 4/27/10, effective 5/28/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.150, 70.58.055, and chapter 70.58 RCW. WSR 02-20-092, § 246-491-039, filed 10/1/02, effective 11/1/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.58 RCW. WSR 91-20-073 (Order 196B), § 246-491-039, filed 9/26/91, effective 10/27/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. WSR 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as § 246-491-039, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.58.200. WSR 88-19-092 (Order 310), § 248-124-015, filed 9/20/88.]
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