AN ACT TO ALLOW AN ADULT ADOPTEE WHO IS AT LEAST FORTY YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ACCESS TO A COPY OF THE ADULT ADOPTEE'S ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
Amends GS 48-9-106 (Release of original certificate of birth). Places existing language into new subsection (a). Adds new subsection (b) to establish that, upon application of an adult adoptee who provides proof of the adult adoptee's biological parent's name, the State Registrar must give the adult adoptee a copy of the adult adoptee's original birth certificate with a certification that the copy is a true copy of a record that is no longer a valid certificate of birth. Directs the State Registrar to prescribe a reasonable procedure for verifying the identity, age, or other relevant characteristics of an adult adoptee applying for a copy of the adoptee's original birth certificate. Provides that, in accordance with GS 161-10(a)(8), the fees for issuance of a certified copy of a birth certificate in North Carolina must apply to a copy of an adoptee's original birth certificate issued pursuant to new subsection (b). Sets forth that new subsection (b) applies only to an adult adoptee seeking an original birth certificate who was adopted on or after January 1, 1977, and who is at least 40 years of age or older upon application. Makes conforming changes to subsection (a). Applies to applications made on or after the date the act becomes law.
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