Sections
Article 1 General Provisions 36-301 – 36-303
Article 2 Registration Officials 36-311 – 36-313
Article 3 Death Registration and Birth Registration Certificate Requirements 36-321 – 36-339
Article 4 Fees and Vital Record Information 36-341 – 36-345
Article 5 Preserving and Archiving Vital Records 36-351

Terms Used In Arizona Laws > Title 36 > Chapter 3

  • Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Administrative order: means a written decision issued by an administrative law judge or quasi-judicial entity. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Adult: means a person who has attained eighteen years of age. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Amend: means to make a change, other than a correction, to a registered certificate by adding, deleting or substituting information on that certificate. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Certificate: means a record that documents a birth or death. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Certified copy: means a written reproduction of a registered certificate that a local registrar, a deputy local registrar or the state registrar has authenticated as a true and exact written reproduction of a registered certificate. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Correction: means a change made to a registered certificate because of a typographical error, including misspelling and missing or transposed letters or numbers. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Court order: means a written decision issued by:

    (a) The superior court, an appellate court or the supreme court or an equivalent court in another state. See Arizona Laws 36-301

  • Current care: means that a health care provider has examined, treated or provided care for a person for a chronic or acute condition within eighteen months preceding that person's death. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Custody: means legal authority to act on behalf of a child. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Department: means the department of health services. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Electronic: means technology that has electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical or electromagnetic capabilities or technology with similar capabilities. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Evidentiary document: means written information used to prove the fact for which it is presented. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Family member: means :

    (a) A person's spouse, natural or adopted offspring, father, mother, grandparent, grandchild to any degree, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or first or second cousin. See Arizona Laws 36-301

  • Fetal death: means the cessation of life before the complete expulsion or extraction of a product of human conception from its mother that is evidenced by the absence of breathing, heartbeat, umbilical cord pulsation or definite voluntary muscle movement after expulsion or extraction. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Final disposition: means the interment, cremation, removal from this state or other disposition of human remains. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Fire and life safety inspection: means an inspection of a regulated person or facility conducted to ensure fire safety compliance. See Arizona Laws 9-831
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Food and swimming pool inspection: means an inspection of a regulated person or facility conducted to ensure the safety of food services, swimming pools and other bathing places. See Arizona Laws 9-831
  • Foundling: means :

    (a) A newborn infant left with a safe haven provider pursuant to section 13-3623. See Arizona Laws 36-301

  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Health care provider: means :

    (a) A physician licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 13 or 17. See Arizona Laws 36-301

  • Human remains: means a lifeless human body or parts of a human body that permit a reasonable inference that death occurred. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Issue: means :

    (a) To provide a copy of a registered certificate. See Arizona Laws 36-301

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Legal age: means a person who is at least eighteen years of age or who is emancipated by a court order. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • License: includes the whole or part of any municipal permit, certificate, approval, registration, charter or similar form of permission required by law. See Arizona Laws 9-831
  • Licensing: includes the municipal process respecting the grant, denial, renewal, revocation, suspension, annulment, withdrawal or amendment of a license. See Arizona Laws 9-831
  • Medical certification of death: means the opinion of the health care provider who signs the certificate of probable or presumed cause of death that complies with rules adopted by the state registrar of vital records and that is based on any of the following that are reasonably available:

    (a) Personal examination. See Arizona Laws 36-301

  • Medical examiner: means a medical examiner or alternate medical examiner as defined in section 11-591. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Month: means a calendar month unless otherwise expressed. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • municipality: means an incorporated city or town. See Arizona Laws 9-831
  • Name: means a designation that identifies a person, including a first name, middle name, last name or suffix. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Natural causes: means those causes that are due solely or nearly entirely to disease or the aging process. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Person: means an individual, partnership, corporation, association, governmental subdivision or unit of a governmental subdivision or a public or private organization of any character. See Arizona Laws 9-831
  • Presumptive death: means a determination by a court that a death has occurred or is presumed to have occurred but the human remains have not been located or recovered. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Register: means to assign an official state number and to incorporate into the state registrar's official records. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Responsible person: means a person listed in section 36-831. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Seal: means to bar from access. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Submit: means to present, physically or electronically, a certificate, evidentiary document or form provided for in this chapter to a local registrar, a deputy local registrar or the state registrar. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Substantive policy statement: means a written expression that is only advisory and that informs the general public of a municipality's current approach to, or opinion of, the requirements of the ordinances or codes, including, if appropriate, the municipality's current practice, procedure or method of action based on that approach or opinion. See Arizona Laws 9-831
  • System of public health statistics: means the processes and procedures for:

    (a) Tabulating, analyzing and publishing public health information derived from vital records data and other sources authorized pursuant to section 36-125. See Arizona Laws 36-301

  • System of vital records: means the statewide processes and procedures for:

    (a) Electronically or physically collecting, creating, registering, maintaining, copying and preserving vital records. See Arizona Laws 36-301

  • Testify: includes every manner of oral statement under oath or affirmation. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • treated: includes prescribing medication. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Vital record: means a registered birth certificate or a registered death certificate. See Arizona Laws 36-301
  • Working day: means a twenty-four hour period excluding weekends and legal holidays. See Arizona Laws 9-831
  • Writing: includes printing. See Arizona Laws 1-215