Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: WAC 246-491-039 was amended to comply with SHB 1510, chapter 44, Laws of 2009, which establishes an administrative option for an individual to obtain some of the confidential information from their birth certificate. This rule amendment specifies the manner by which the individual establishes their identity and which items from the birth certificate that the department will provide.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 246-491-039.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.58.055.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-04-101 on February 3, 2010.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: March 10, 2010.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-20-092, filed 10/1/02, effective 11/1/02)
WAC 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 43.70.150, 70.58.055, and chapter 70.58 RCW. 02-20-092, § 246-491-039, filed 10/1/02, effective 11/1/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.58 RCW. 91-20-073 (Order 196B), § 246-491-039, filed 9/26/91, effective 10/27/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as § 246-491-039, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.58.200. 88-19-092 (Order 310), § 248-124-015, filed 9/20/88.]