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RULE §181.28Instructions and Requirements for Issuance of Certified Copies of Vital Records by the State Registrar, Local Registrar, or County Clerk
ISSUE 03/26/2004
ACTION Proposed
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

(a)Birth certificates.

  (1)The state registrar, local registrar, or county clerk shall issue only two types of certified copies:

    (A)(No change.)

    (B)an abstract of birth facts, taken from the original record. Probate records and delayed records [which] may not be abstracted. An abstract shall be issued in one of four styles:

      (i)-(iv)(No change.)

  (2)-(3)(No change.)

(b)(No change.)

(c)Security features. No certified copy or abstract shall be issued unless the issuing office provides security features in the paper used for issuance. Each sheet or document shall be made on paper which contains as a minimum the following features:

  (1)consecutive numbers - document that contain sequential numbers for control purposes;

  (2)background security features - a repetitious design consisting of a pattern that hinders counterfeiting efforts;

  (3)a copy void pantograph - the word void appears when the document is photocopied;

  (4)an engraved border - a border that is produced from engraved artwork containing images from fine lines to very complex patterns ;

  (5)microline printing or security thread - a line of small alpha characters in capitol letters that requires a magnifying glass to read;

  (6)sensitized security paper - paper that is reactive to chemicals commonly used to alter documents;

  (7)prismatic printing - a rainbow printing that is used as a deterrent to color copying;

  (8)erasable fluorescent printing - fluoresces under ultraviolet light and reacts to any attempt to erase in such a manner as to be immediately detectable;

  (9)non-optical brighteners - paper without added optical paper brighteners that will not fluoresce under ultraviolet light; [ and]

  (10)complex colors - colors that are developed by using a mixture of two or more of the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and black is required;

   (11)intaglio printing - the printing process in which the paper is firmly pressed into the inked engraved plate. Once the paper is removed, the ink sticks to the top of the paper, creating a texture that can be felt with your fingers;

   (12)latent image - designs in the engraved border that contains hidden images that appear only when viewed from a prescribed angle to a light source. The intaglio process can print these images;

   (13)watermark - a three-dimensional graphic element molded into the paper in a continuous pattern during the paper manufacturing process.

(d)Other permitted security features. Other security features such as, but not limited to the following, may also be incorporated in the paper used:

  (1)security laminate - a plastic laminate is placed over printed information as to reveal any attempts to alter the printed material; or [intaglio printing;]

  (2)security thread - micro printed polyester thread that is introduced into the paper during the forming process so that the thread is embedded and is an integral part of the paper. [laminate;]

   [(3)latent image;]

   [(4)security thread; or]


(e)(No change.)

This agency hereby certifies that the proposal has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on March 15, 2004


Susan K. Steeg

General Counsel

Texas Department of Health

Earliest possible date of adoption: April 25, 2004

For further information, please call: (512) 458-7236

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