ORS 432.180¹
Certified copies of vital records or vital reports
  • evidentiary value
  • fraud or misrepresentation

(1) A certified copy of a vital record or vital report or any part thereof shall be considered for all purposes the same as the original and shall be prima facie evidence of the facts stated therein. However, the evidentiary value of a record or report filed more than one year after the event, a record or report that has been amended or a certificate of foreign birth shall be determined by the judicial or administrative body or official before whom the record or report is offered as evidence.

(2) The contents, or part of the contents, and the due execution of any certificate on file in the Center for Health Statistics may be evidenced by a copy of the material in the certificate, as certified by the State Registrar of the Center for Health Statistics.

(3) When the state registrar receives information that a certificate may have been registered through fraud or misrepresentation, the state registrar shall withhold issuance of any copy of that certificate. The state registrar shall advise the applicant of the right to appeal under ORS 183.480 (Judicial review of agency orders) to 183.484 (Jurisdiction for review of orders other than contested cases). If fraud or misrepresentation is found, the state registrar shall remove the certificate from the file. The certificate and evidence shall be retained but shall not be subject to inspection or copying except upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction or by the state registrar for purposes of administering the system of vital statistics.

(4) No person may prepare or issue any certificate that purports to be an original, certified copy or copy of a vital record or vital report except as authorized in this chapter or rules adopted pursuant thereto. No person may prepare or issue any certified copies of birth or death abstracts. [1997 c.783 §17]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 432—Vital Statistics, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors432.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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