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69.145(2)(c) (c) Either parent of the stillbirth or, if neither parent is available, another person with knowledge of the facts of the stillbirth shall attest to the accuracy of the personal data entered on the certificate in time to permit the filing of the certificate within 5 days after delivery.
69.145(3) (3)Special preparation under certain circumstances. Notwithstanding subs. (1) and (2), if a birth that occurred in this state at any time resulted in a stillbirth for which a fetal death report was required under s. 69.18 (1) (e) 1. but a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth was not prepared under sub. (2), a parent of the stillbirth may, on or after August 1, 2004, submit to the state registrar a written request for preparation of a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth and evidence of the facts of the stillbirth that is satisfactory to the state registrar. The state registrar shall prepare and file the certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth within 30 days after receiving satisfactory evidence of the facts of the stillbirth.
69.145(4) (4)General responsibilities of state registrar. The state registrar shall do all of the following:
69.145(4)(a) (a) Prescribe the form of, and information to be included on, a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth, which shall be as similar as possible to the form of and information included on a certificate of birth.
69.145(4)(b) (b) Issue a certified copy of a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth to a parent of the stillbirth that is the subject of the certificate if all of the following conditions are satisfied:
69.145(4)(b)1. 1. A certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth has been prepared and filed under sub. (2) or (3).
69.145(4)(b)2. 2. The parent requesting a certified copy of the certificate submits the request in writing.
69.145(4)(b)3. 3. The request is accompanied by the fee required under s. 69.22 (1) (cm).
69.145 History History: 2003 a. 300.
69.15 69.15 Changes of fact on birth certificates.
69.15(1) (1) Birth certificate information changes. The state registrar may change information on a birth certificate registered in this state which was correct at the time the birth certificate was filed under a court or administrative order issued in this state, in another state or in Canada or under the valid order of a court of any federally recognized Indian tribe, band or nation if:
69.15(1)(a) (a) The order provides for an adoption, name change or name change with sex change or establishes paternity; and
69.15(1)(b) (b) A clerk of court or, for a paternity action, a clerk of court or county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5), sends the state registrar a certified report of an order of a court in this state on a form supplied by the state registrar or, in the case of any other order, the state registrar receives a certified copy of the order and the proper fee under s. 69.22.
69.15(2) (2)Adoptions.
69.15(2)(a)(a) Except as provided under par. (b), if the state registrar receives an order under sub. (1) which provides for an adoption, the state registrar shall prepare, under sub. (6), a new certificate for the subject of the adoption unless the adoptive parents or the subject of the adoption requests, under s. 48.94, that no new certificate be prepared. If the order is from a court in this state, the order shall include a certified copy of the original birth certificate registered for the subject of the adoption. The new certificate shall show:
69.15(2)(a)1. 1. The name of the registrant.
69.15(2)(a)2. 2. The date and place of birth as transcribed from the original certificate. The date and place on the original certificate may not be changed by the court.
69.15(2)(a)3. 3. The names and personal information of the adoptive parents unless otherwise indicated by the court order.
69.15(2)(a)4. 4. The hospital and time of birth as unknown.
69.15(2)(a)5. 5. The filing date on the original certificate.
69.15(2)(a)6. 6. Any other information necessary to complete the new certificate.
69.15(2)(b) (b) If the state registrar receives an order under sub. (1) which provides for an adoption of any person born outside of the United States by any person who is a resident of this state at the time of adoption, and if the adoptive parents present proof of the facts of birth to the state registrar, the state registrar shall prepare a certification of birth data for the subject of the adoption. The certification shall indicate the date and place of birth, the child's adoptive name, the adoptive parents' names, and the sources of information of each of these facts. If neither of the birth parents of the subject of the adoption are U.S. citizens, the new certification may include proof of the naturalization of the subject of the adoption.
69.15(2)(c) (c) If the state registrar determines that the registrant of a birth certificate was adopted without a change in the registrant's birth certificate under par. (a) or (b), the state registrar shall obtain a copy of the court order which provided for the adoption, if available, and shall prepare, under sub. (6), a new certificate for the registrant.
69.15(3) (3)Paternity.
69.15(3)(a)(a) If the state registrar receives an order under sub. (1) which establishes paternity or determines that the man whose name appears on a registrant's birth certificate is not the father of the registrant, the state registrar shall do the following, as appropriate:
69.15(3)(a)1. 1. Prepare under sub. (6) a new certificate omitting the father's name if the order determines that the man whose name appears on a registrant's birth certificate is not the father of the registrant and if there is no adjudicated father.
69.15(3)(a)2. 2. Prepare under sub. (6) a new certificate for the subject of a paternity action changing the name of the father if the name of the adjudicated father is different than the name of the man on the birth certificate.
69.15(3)(a)3. 3. Except as provided under subd. 4., insert the name of the adjudicated father on the original birth certificate if the name of the father was omitted on the original certificate.
69.15(3)(a)4. 4. If the order provides for a change in the child's given name or surname or both, enter the name indicated on a new birth certificate prepared under subd. 1. or 2. or on the original birth certificate under subd. 3. except that if the surname of a child under 7 years of age is changed, the state registrar shall prepare a new certificate under sub. (6).
69.15(3)(b)1.1. Except as provided under par. (c), if the state registrar receives a statement acknowledging paternity on a form prescribed by the state registrar and signed by both of the birth parents of a child determined to be a marital child under s. 767.803, a certified copy of the parents' marriage certificate, and the fee required under s. 69.22 (5) (b) 1., the state registrar shall insert the name of the husband from the marriage certificate as the father if the name of the father was omitted on the original birth certificate. The state registrar shall include on the form for the acknowledgment the items in s. 767.813 (5g).
69.15(3)(b)2. 2. Except as provided under par. (c), if the parent of a child determined to be a marital child under s. 767.803 dies after his or her marriage and before the statement acknowledging paternity has been signed, the state registrar shall insert the name of the father under subd. 1. upon receipt of a court order determining that the husband was the father of the child.
69.15(3)(b)3. 3. Except as provided under par. (c), if the state registrar receives a statement acknowledging paternity on a form prescribed by the state registrar and signed by both parents, neither of whom was under the age of 18 years when the form was signed, along with the fee under s. 69.22, the state registrar shall insert the name of the father under subd. 1. The state registrar shall mark the certificate to show that the form is on file. The form shall be available to the department of children and families or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5) pursuant to the program responsibilities under s. 49.22 or to any other person with a direct and tangible interest in the record. The state registrar shall include on the form for the acknowledgment the information in s. 767.805 and the items in s. 767.813 (5g).
69.15(3)(b)4. 4. If a registrant has not reached the age of 18 years and if any of the following indicate, in a statement acknowledging paternity under subd. 1. or 3., that the given name or surname, or both, of the registrant should be changed on the birth certificate, the state registrar shall enter the name indicated on the birth certificate without a court order:
69.15(3)(b)4.a. a. The mother of the registrant, except as provided under subd. 4. b. and c.
69.15(3)(b)4.b. b. The father of the registrant if the father has legal custody of the registrant.
69.15(3)(b)4.c. c. The parents of the registrant if they have married each other after the birth of the registrant.
69.15(3)(c) (c) If the state registrar is required to enter a new surname or a new given name on a birth certificate under par. (b) 4. and the registrant has not reached the age of 7 years, the state registrar shall make a new certificate under sub. (6).
69.15(3)(d) (d) The form prescribed by the state registrar for acknowledging paternity shall require that the social security number of each of the registrant's parents signing the form be provided.
69.15(3m) (3m)Rescission of statement acknowledging paternity.
69.15(3m)(a)(a) A statement acknowledging paternity that is filed with the state registrar under sub. (3) (b) 3. may be rescinded by either person who signed the statement as a parent of the registrant if all of the following apply:
69.15(3m)(a)1. 1. The statement was signed and filed on or after April 1, 1998.
69.15(3m)(a)2. 2. The person rescinding the statement files with the state registrar a document prescribed by the state registrar for rescinding a statement acknowledging paternity under sub. (3) (b) 3.
69.15(3m)(a)3. 3. The person rescinding the statement files the document under subd. 2. before the day on which a court or circuit court commissioner makes an order in an action affecting the family involving the man who signed the statement and the child who is the subject of the statement or before 60 days elapse after the statement was filed, whichever occurs first.
69.15(3m)(b) (b) If the state registrar, within the time required under par. (a) 3., receives a document prescribed by the state registrar for rescinding a statement acknowledging paternity under sub. (3) (b) 3., along with the proper fee under s. 69.22, the state registrar shall prepare under sub. (6) a new certificate omitting the father's name if it was inserted under sub. (3) (b).
69.15(4) (4)Name change.
69.15(4)(a)(a) If the state registrar receives an order under sub. (1) which provides for a name change, the state registrar shall change the name on the original birth certificate.
69.15(4)(b) (b) Any person with a direct and tangible interest in a birth certificate registered in this state may petition a court to change the name and sex of the registrant on the certificate due to a surgical sex-change procedure. If the state registrar receives an order which provides for such a change the state registrar shall change the name and sex on the original certificate, except that if the court orders the state registrar to prepare a new certificate the state registrar shall prepare a new certificate under sub. (6). This subsection does not apply to a name change prohibited under s. 301.47.
69.15(4)(c) (c) A court may not order the state registrar to change any vital record due to a surgical sex-change procedure except as provided under this subsection.
69.15(4m) (4m)Name change without court order.
69.15(4m)(a)(a) Unless either parent of a registrant is a party to an action under ch. 767 involving the registrant and notwithstanding sub. (3) (b) 4. and s. 786.36, the name of a registrant born in this state may be changed once under this subsection without a court order if all of the following apply:
69.15(4m)(a)1. 1. The request for the change is received to the state registrar in writing, on a form approved by the state registrar.
69.15(4m)(a)2. 2. If a parent has sole legal custody of the registrant, the request for the change is signed by the parent who has legal custody.
69.15(4m)(a)3. 3. If both parents have legal custody of the registrant, the request for the change is signed by both parents.
69.15(4m)(a)4. 4. The request for the change is received within 365 calendar days after the day of birth of the registrant.
69.15(4m)(b) (b) If the conditions under par. (a) 1. to 4. are met, the state registrar shall change the registrant's name on the registrant's birth certificate. The state registrar is not required to issue a new birth certificate under this paragraph.
69.15(5) (5)New certificate for a person without any certificate. If no birth certificate has been registered for any person who is more than 365 days old and who is entitled to a new certificate under this section, and if the date and place of birth of the person have not been determined by a court, the state registrar shall register a birth certificate for the individual under s. 69.14 (2) (b) before preparing a new certificate under sub. (6).
69.15(6) (6)Preparation of new certificates.
69.15(6)(a)(a) The state registrar shall prepare a new birth certificate under this section on the form in use at the time the original certificate was filed. The state registrar shall include on a new certificate the date of creation of the new certificate and shall sign it. The state registrar shall type on the new certificate any other legible signature on the original certificate.
69.15(6)(b) (b) The state registrar shall register a new certificate created under this section and shall impound the original certificate or the certificate registered under sub. (5) and all correspondence, affidavits, court orders and other related materials and prohibit access except by court order or except by the state registrar for processing purposes or except when authorized under ss. 48.432 and 48.433. The state registrar shall send a copy of any new certificate registered under this section to the local registrar who filed the original of the replaced certificate. Upon receipt of the copy, the local registrar shall destroy his or her copy of the replaced certificate and file the new certificate.
69.15(6)(c) (c) If the state registrar changes a birth certificate on file or registered under this section instead of preparing a new certificate, the state registrar shall make the change under s. 69.11 (5) and shall send a notice of the change to the local registrar who filed the original of the changed certificate. Upon receipt of the notice, the local registrar shall change his or her copy of the changed certificate.
69.15 Annotation Although sub. (1) (a) provides for changing a name according to an order in a paternity action, it does not provide authority to order a name change in a paternity action without complying with the procedural requirements for a name change under s. 786.36. Paternity of Noah J.M. 223 Wis. 2d 768, 590 N.W.2d 21 (Ct. App. 1998), 97-2353.
69.16 69.16 Marriage documents.
69.16(1)(1) The form, content, application for and registration of marriage documents shall be under ch. 765.
69.16(2) (2) If a person has married in this state, at least 365 days have elapsed since the marriage and no marriage document is on file, a person with a direct and tangible interest in having a marriage document registered may petition the circuit court of the county in which the marriage is alleged to have occurred. If the court finds that the petitioner has established the fact of the marriage required on the marriage document, except for the information under s. 69.20 (2), the clerk of the court shall report the court's determination to the state registrar on a form prescribed by the state registrar, along with the fee required under s. 69.22. Upon receipt of the report, the state registrar shall register the marriage document and send a copy of the document to the local registrar under s. 69.03 (11). The local registrar shall file the document.
69.16 History History: 1985 a. 315.
69.17 69.17 Divorce report. At the end of every biweekly period, the clerk of any court which conducts divorce proceedings under ch. 767 shall forward to the state registrar, on a form supplied by the state registrar, a report of every divorce or annulment of marriage granted during the biweekly period. The form supplied by the state registrar shall require that the social security numbers of the parties to the divorce or annulment and the social security number of any child of the parties be provided.
69.17 History History: 1985 a. 315; 1997 a. 191.
69.18 69.18 Death records.
69.18(1)(1) Registration of deaths.
69.18(1)(a)(a) Any one of the following may move a corpse for the purpose of final disposition:
69.18(1)(a)1. 1. A funeral director licensed under ch. 445 acting in person or through the agency of another funeral director licensed under ch. 445.
69.18(1)(a)2. 2. A member of the decedent's immediate family who personally prepares for and conducts the final disposition of the decedent.
69.18(1)(a)3. 3. A person acting under s. 157.02 or 445.16.
69.18(1)(b) (b) Any person who moves a corpse under par. (a) shall file a certificate of death for the corpse under this subsection on a form prescribed by the state registrar under any one of the following circumstances:
69.18(1)(b)1. 1. The death occurred in this state.
69.18(1)(b)2. 2. The corpse was found in this state.
69.18(1)(b)3. 3. The corpse was removed in this state from a conveyance which was moving at the time of death.
69.18(1)(b)4. 4. The corpse was found in interstate waters and removed in this state.
69.18(1)(bm) (bm) A person required to file a certificate of death under par. (b) shall obtain the information required for the certificate of death from the next of kin or the best qualified person or source available. The person filing the certificate of death shall enter his or her signature on the certificate and include his or her address and the date of signing and shall present or mail the certificate, within 24 hours after being notified of the death, to the physician, coroner or medical examiner responsible for completing and signing the medical certification. Within 2 days after receipt of the medical certification, the person filing the certificate of death shall mail or present the certificate of death in:
69.18(1)(bm)1. 1. The registration district of the place of death if the death occurred in this state.
69.18(1)(bm)2. 2. The registration district where the corpse was found or removed if the place of death is not in this state or is unknown, is removed in this state from a conveyance which was moving at the time of death or is found in interstate waters and removed in this state.
69.18(1)(c) (c) A hospital, a nursing home, as defined in s. 50.01 (3), or a hospice that is the place of death of a person may prepare a certificate of death for the person and give the certificate to the person who moves the corpse under par. (a).
69.18(1)(cm)1.1. For purposes of preparation of the certificate of death and in accordance with accepted medical standards, a hospice nurse in a hospice that is directly involved with the care of a hospice patient who dies may pronounce the date, time, and place of the patient's death if all of the following apply:
69.18(1)(cm)1.a. a. The patient was generally under the care of a physician at the time of death.
69.18(1)(cm)1.b. b. The death was anticipated.
69.18(1)(cm)2. 2. Subd. 1. may not be construed to authorize a hospice nurse to certify under sub. (2) (b) the cause of the patient's death.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)