7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill addresses the use of diacritical marks on a vital record.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ defines terms;
13 ▸ requires the state registrar to accept diacritical marks for a vital record; and
14 ▸ requires the state registrar to allow for the correction and reissuance of a vital record
15 that was originally created without diacritical marks.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 26-2-4, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 32
23 26-2-7, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2020, Chapter 170
24 30-1-12, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2021, Chapter 48
26 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27 Section 1. Section 26-2-4 is amended to read:
28 26-2-4. Content and form of certificates and reports.
29 (1) As used in this section:
30 (a) "Diacritical mark" means a mark used on an English letter to indicate a particular
32 (b) "Diacritical mark" includes accents, tildes, graves, umlauts, and cedillas.
34 nationwide uniformity in the vital records system, the forms of certificates, certification,
35 reports, and other documents and records required by this chapter or the rules implementing
36 this chapter shall include as a minimum the items recommended by the federal agency
37 responsible for national vital statistics, subject to approval, additions, and modifications by the
40 the form of communications between persons required by this chapter shall be prepared in the
41 format prescribed by department rule.
44 communications between persons required by this chapter may be signed, filed, verified,
45 registered, and stored by photographic, electronic, or other means as prescribed by department
47 (6) (a) An individual may use a diacritical mark in an application for a vital record.
48 (b) The office shall record a diacritical mark on a vital record as indicated on the
49 application for the vital record.
50 (7) The absence of a diacritical mark on a vital record does not render the document
51 invalid or affect any constructive notice imparted by proper recordation of the document.
53 (a) may collect the Social Security number of a deceased individual; and
54 (b) may not include the Social Security number of an individual on a certificate of
56 Section 2. Section 26-2-7 is amended to read:
57 26-2-7. Correction of errors or omissions in vital records -- Conflicting birth and
58 foundling certificates -- Rulemaking.
59 In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
60 department may make rules:
61 (1) governing applications to correct alleged errors or omissions on any vital record;
63 (2) establishing procedures to resolve conflicting birth and foundling certificates[
65 (3) allowing for the correction and reissuance of a vital record that was originally
66 created omitting a diacritical mark.
67 Section 3. Section 30-1-12 is amended to read:
68 30-1-12. Clerk to file license and certificate -- Designation as vital record.
69 (1) (a) The license, together with the certificate of the individual officiating at the
70 marriage, shall be filed and preserved by the clerk, and shall be recorded by the clerk in a book
71 kept for that purpose, or by electronic means.
72 (b) The record shall be properly indexed in the names of the parties so married.
73 (2) An individual may use a diacritical mark, as defined in Section 26-2-4, on a
74 marriage license.
76 state registrar of vital statistics.
78 vital records as defined in Section 26-2-2 and are subject to the inspection requirements
79 described in Section 26-2-22.