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County will stop selling most birth certificates.

Byline: Tim Christie The Register-Guard

For years, members of the public have been able get a copy of a birth certificate by walking into the Lane County Vital Records office in downtown Eugene, taking a few minutes and forking over $20.

That's about to change because of revisions in the state's Web-based record-keeping system.

Starting in March, Lane County will be able to print and sell birth certificates only for births that have occurred in the past six months. People who need a birth certificate for anyone older than 6 months will have to go through the state, said Betsy Meredith of Lane County Public Health.

They'll have to order certificates from the state via mail, fax or the Internet. Or if they want to do business face to face, they'll have to go to a state office in Portland.

Other counties previously stopped issuing birth certificates older than six months, "but Lane County was allowed to continue to do it," Meredith said. "Now, because of state database changes, that will no longer be an option."

The cost for a certified birth certificate, whether from Lane County or the state, remains $20, and additional certified copies purchased on the same day are $15. Lane County hours are 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Between 800 and 1,500 people every month come into the county records office, located in the Public Health Annex, 135 E. Sixth St., Eugene, to get copies of birth certificates for themselves or family members who were born in Lane County. Starting in March, such requests will have to go through the state Center for Health Statistics.

For more information, call the county at 682-4045. Or, on the Web, go to www.oregon.gov/DHS/PH/CHS or www.lanecounty.org/HHS_PubHlth/birthanddeathcertificates.htm.
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Date:Dec 26, 2007
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