2012 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 7 - Municipalities
Chapter 93 - Registrars of Vital Statistics
Section 7-54 - Certification of birth registration or certificate of foreign birth for person born outside of the country and adopted by a state resident. Application and decree re change of biological age and date of birth.


CT Gen Stat § 7-54 (2012) What's This?

(a) The department shall prepare a certification of birth registration or a certificate of foreign birth for any person born outside of the country and adopted by a resident of this state, provided (1) an authenticated and exemplified copy of the order of adoption of the court of the district in which the adoption proceedings were had, or such other evidence as is considered satisfactory by the probate court for the district in which such person resides, is filed with such probate court, and (2) such probate court notifies the department that such copy or satisfactory evidence has been so filed. Such certification of birth registration shall contain only the adopted name, sex, date of birth, place of birth and date of preparation of such certification of birth registration by the department. Such certificate of foreign birth shall contain the adopted name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, legal name of adoptive parent or parents and date of preparation of such certificate of foreign birth. No certification of birth registration or certificate of foreign birth shall be prepared by the department unless upon specific written request of the person to whom the certification of birth registration relates, if over sixteen years of age, or of the adopting parent or parents or the probate court for the district in which the adoption proceedings were had. When the department has prepared such certificate of birth registration or certificate of foreign birth, copies thereof shall be issued by the department in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 7-52.

(b) The adoptive parent or parents of an adopted person born outside of the country and adopted by a resident of this state, or such adopted person if eighteen years of age or older, may apply to the probate court for the district in which the adopted person resides for a determination of the biological age and date of birth of the adopted person. The probate court shall hold a hearing on the application and receive medical and other evidence relevant to the issue of biological age and date of birth of the adopted person. After such hearing, the probate court may issue a decree to establish the biological age and date of birth of the adopted person. If the biological age and date of birth established in the decree is different from the biological age and date of birth in the certification of birth registration or a certificate of foreign birth, the probate court shall provide a certified copy of the decree to the department. Any certification of birth registration or certificate of foreign birth issued by the department pursuant to subsection (a) of this section after the date the department receives such decree shall reflect the date of birth in such decree.

(1949 Rev., S. 574; 1972, P.A. 127, S. 6; P.A. 75-170, S. 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 81-190; P.A. 85-326; P.A. 87-148, S. 1, 2; P.A. 89-98; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 01-163, S. 16; P.A. 03-247, S. 2; P.A. 07-115, S. 1.)

History: 1972 act changed age of majority from 21 to 18 years; P.A. 75-170 required certification upon request of court of probate in district where adoption proceedings took place; P.A. 77-614 substituted department of health services for department of health, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 81-190 allowed the department of health services to prepare a certification of birth registration for any person born outside the country and adopted in this state for whom the country of birth will not furnish a substituted birth certificate; P.A. 85-326 made issuance of certification of birth registration mandatory rather than optional and deleted provision re substituted birth certificate from state or country of birth; P.A. 87-148 added provisions re adoptions in other states, substituted “authenticated and exemplified” for “certified” and substituted “probate court” for “department of health services” re repository for evidence; P.A. 89-98 removed language which limited the requirement for preparation of birth certificates to persons who were adopted in Connecticut or in another state by residents of Connecticut; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 01-163 changed required minimum age of requesting person to whom certification of birth registration relates from 18 to 16 and made technical changes; P.A. 03-247 amended section to add provisions re preparation of certificate of foreign birth for any person born outside of the country and adopted by residents of the state, to require that certificate contain adopted name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, legal name of adoptive parents and date of preparation of such certificate, to eliminate requirement for certification of birth registration for persons born outside of the state and adopted by residents of the state, to change reference to Sec. 7-52 to Sec. 7-52(a), and to make a technical change; P.A. 07-115 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a), inserted Subdiv. designators (1) and (2) and made technical changes therein, and added Subsec. (b) re application to probate court and decree by the court re establishment of biological age and date of birth and reflection thereof in subsequently issued registrations or certificates.

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