Data, Research and Vital Statistics

 

Vital Records Laws Effective October 9, 2013

The following laws were enacted from the previous legislative session. The laws affect changes to the following:

Chapter 14- Fetal death certificates may be filed directly by the State Registrar of Vital Statistics. Place of death hospitals or institutions may certify the fetal death certificate by electronic process or by signature.

Chapter 20- Allows the State Registrar of Vital Statistics to issue the disposition permit for disinterments in addition to all other methods of disposition. The law also clarifies that the date of final disposition is the actual date the body was disposed of on the disposition permit.

Chapter 31- Staff in the Office of Chief Medical Examiner may complete the medical certification information and submit corrections electronically.

Chapter 390- If approved at local referendum, the Town of Bancroft will become deorganized as of July 1, 2015.

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New Vital Records Laws Effective August 30, 2012

The following laws were enacted from the previous legislative session. The laws affect changes to the following:

Chapter 511 - – Closes Notice of Intentions to Marry form for 50 years, removes requirement to collect social security numbers from parties intending to marry, includes Intentions to Marry form under list of certificates and records which genealogists with researcher identification cards may access and be issued noncertified copies, delineates that the State Registrar will designate where births occurring in unincorporated places in Maine must be recorded or registered electronically, reduces the time frame for delayed birth registration and instructs individuals assuming custody of a child of unknown parentage to report to the Vital Records office instead of the local municipality.

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