(1) A certificate of birth for each birth that occurs in this state shall be filed with the county registrar of the county in which the birth occurred or with the Center for Health Statistics, or as otherwise directed by the State Registrar of the Center for Health Statistics, within five days after the birth and shall be registered if the certificate has been completed and filed in accordance with this section. Any birth certificate not containing the name of the father or on which the surname of the father is at variance with that of the child, at the request of either parent, may be filed with the state registrar and not with the registrar of the county in which the birth occurred.
(2) When a birth occurs in an institution or en route thereto, the person in charge of the institution or authorized designee shall obtain the personal data, prepare the certificate, certify either by signature or by an approved electronic process that the child was born alive at the place and time and on the date stated and file the certificate as directed in subsection (1) of this section. The physician or other person in attendance shall provide the medical information required by the certificate within 72 hours after the birth.
(3) When a birth occurs outside of an institution:
(a) The certificate shall be prepared and filed within five days after the birth by one of the following in the indicated order of priority, in accordance with rules adopted by the state registrar:
(A) The physician in attendance at the birth or immediately after the birth, or in the absence of such a person;
(B) The midwife in attendance at the birth or immediately after the birth, or in the absence of such a person;
(C) Any other person in attendance at the birth or immediately after the birth, or in the absence of such a person; or
(D) The father, the mother or, in the absence of the father and the inability of the mother, the person with authority over the premises where the birth occurred.
(b) The state registrar shall by rule determine what evidence shall be required to establish the facts of birth.
(4) When a birth occurs on a moving conveyance:
(a) Within the United States and the child is first removed from the conveyance in this state, the birth shall be registered in this state and the place where it is first removed shall be considered the place of birth.
(b) While in international waters or air space or in a foreign country or its air space and the child is first removed from the conveyance in this state, the birth shall be registered in this state but the certificate shall show the actual place of birth insofar as can be determined.
(5) If the mother is not married at the time of birth, the name of the father shall not be entered on the certificate unless:
(a) The mother was married to and cohabiting with her husband at the time of conception, in which case the husband’s name shall be entered on the certificate, provided that the husband was not impotent or sterile; or
(b) Both the father and mother have signed a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form that has been executed in accordance with ORS 432.287 and filed with the registrar.
(6) In the case of a child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination with the consent of her husband, the husband’s name shall be entered on the certificate.
(7) If the mother was not married at the time of either conception or birth or between conception and birth, the name of the father shall not be entered on the certificate unless a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form or other form prescribed under ORS 432.287 signed by the mother and the person to be named as the father is filed with the state registrar.
(8) In any case in which paternity of a child is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, or by an administrative determination of paternity, the Center for Health Statistics shall enter the name of the father on the new certificate of birth. The Center for Health Statistics shall change the surname of the child if so ordered by the court or, in a proceeding under ORS 416.430, by the administrator as defined in ORS 25.010.
(9) If the father is not named on the certificate of birth, no other information about the father shall be entered on the legal portion of the certificate. Information pertaining to the father may be entered in the “Medical and Confidential” section of the certificate of birth.
(10) Certificates of birth filed after five days, but within one year after the date of birth, shall be registered on the standard form of birth certificate in the manner prescribed in this section. The certificates shall not be marked “Delayed.” The state registrar may require additional evidence in support of the facts of birth. [1997 c.783 §23 (enacted in lieu of 432.205); 1999 c.254 §2; 1999 c.840 §1; 2001 c.455 §24]Section: Previous 432.150 432.155 432.160 432.165 432.175 432.180 432.205 432.206 432.210 432.215 432.220 432.230 432.235 432.240 432.255 Next
Last modified: August 7, 2008