2006 New Mexico Statutes - Section 24-14-25 — Correction and amendment of vital records.

24-14-25. Correction and amendment of vital records.

A.     A certificate or report registered under the Vital Statistics Act [ 24-14-1 to 24-14-17, 24-14-20 to 24-14-31 NMSA 1978] may be amended only in accordance with that act and regulations thereunder adopted by the department to protect the integrity and accuracy of vital statistics records.   

B.     Upon receipt of a certified copy of a court order changing the name of a person born in this state and upon request of the person or his parent, guardian or legal representative, the state registrar shall amend the original certificate of birth to reflect the new name.   

C.     Upon request and receipt of a sworn acknowledgement of paternity of a child born out of wedlock signed by both parents, or in the case of a married mother as provided for in Subsection F of Section 24-14-13 NMSA 1978, the state registrar shall amend a certificate of birth to show the paternity if paternity is not shown on the birth certificate. The certificate shall not be marked "amended".   

D.     Upon receipt of a duly notarized statement from the person in charge of an institution or from the attending physician indicating that the sex of an individual born in this state has been changed by surgical procedure, together with a certified copy of an order changing the name of the person, the certificate of birth of the individual shall be amended as prescribed by regulation.   

E.     When an applicant does not submit the minimum documentation required in the regulations for amending a vital record or when the state registrar has reasonable cause to question the validity or adequacy of the applicant's sworn statements or the documentary evidence and if the deficiencies are not corrected, the state registrar shall not amend the vital records and shall advise the applicant of the reason for this action.   

F.     A certificate or report that is amended under this section shall be marked "amended", except as otherwise provided in this section. The date of the amendment and a summary description of the evidence submitted in support of the amendment shall be endorsed on or made a part of the record. The department shall prescribe by regulation the conditions under which additions or minor corrections may be made to certificates or records within one year after the date of the event without the certificate or record being marked "amended".   

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