§ 144.1 Definitions
§ 144.2 Division of records and statistics
§ 144.3 Rules adopted
§ 144.4 Registrar
§ 144.5 Duties of registrar
§ 144.9 County recorder as registrar
§ 144.11 Public access to records
§ 144.12 Forms uniform
§ 144.12A Declaration of paternity registry
§ 144.13 Birth certificates
§ 144.13A Fees — use of funds — electronic birth certificate system.
§ 144.13B Waiver of fees — military service.
§ 144.14 Foundlings
§ 144.15 Delayed registrations of birth
§ 144.16 Delayed registration of death or marriage
§ 144.17 Petition to establish certificate
§ 144.18 Court hearing
§ 144.19 Adoption certificate
§ 144.20 Information
§ 144.21 Amended record
§ 144.22 Clerk to report to state registrar
§ 144.23 State registrar to issue new certificate
§ 144.24 Substituting new for original birth certificates — inspection.
§ 144.25 No previous certificate — procedure.
§ 144.25A Certificate of birth — foreign and international adoptions.
§ 144.26 Death certificate
§ 144.27 Funeral director’s duties — death certificate — disposition of unclaimed veterans’ remains.
§ 144.28 Medical certification
§ 144.29 Fetal deaths
§ 144.29A Termination of pregnancy reporting — legislative intent.
§ 144.30 Funeral director’s duty — fetal death certificate.
§ 144.31 Medical certification — fetal death.
§ 144.31A Certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth
§ 144.32 Burial transit permit
§ 144.33 Bodies brought into state
§ 144.34 Disinterment — permit.
§ 144.35 Extensions of time by rules
§ 144.36 Marriage certificate filed — prohibited information.
§ 144.37 Dissolution and annulment records
§ 144.38 Amendment of official record
§ 144.39 Change of name
§ 144.40 Paternity of children — birth certificates.
§ 144.41 Amending local records
§ 144.42 Reproduction of original records
§ 144.43 Vital records closed to inspection — exceptions.
§ 144.43A Mutual consent voluntary adoption registry
§ 144.44 Permits for research
§ 144.45 Certified copies
§ 144.45A Commemorative birth and marriage certificates
§ 144.46 Fees
§ 144.46A Vital records fund
§ 144.47 Persons confined in institutions
§ 144.48 Institutions — dead persons.
§ 144.49 Additional record by funeral director
§ 144.50 Length of time records to be kept
§ 144.51 Information by others furnished on demand
§ 144.52 Unlawful acts — punishment.
§ 144.53 Other acts — simple misdemeanors.
§ 144.54 Report to county attorney
§ 144.55 Attorney general to assist in enforcement
§ 144.56 Autopsy
§ 144.57 Public safety officer death — required notice — autopsy.

Terms Used In Iowa Code > Chapter 144 - Vital Statistics

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Board: means the state board of health. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • Child: includes child by adoption. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • clerk: means clerk of the court in which the action or proceeding is brought or is pending; and the words "clerk's office" mean the office of that clerk. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Dead body: means a lifeless human body or parts or bones of a body, if, from the state of the body, parts, or bones, it may reasonably be concluded that death recently occurred. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Department: means the Iowa department of public health. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Division: means a division, within the department, for records and statistics. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Fetal death: means death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, irrespective of the duration of pregnancy. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • Filing: means the presentation of a certificate, report, or other record, provided for in this chapter, of a birth, death, fetal death, adoption, marriage, dissolution, or annulment for registration by the division. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • Final disposition: means the burial, interment, cremation, removal from the state, or other disposition of a dead body or fetus. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • 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.
  • following: when used by way of reference to a chapter or other part of a statute mean the next preceding or next following chapter or other part. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Institution: means any establishment, public or private, which provides inpatient medical, surgical, or diagnostic care or treatment, or nursing, custodial, or domiciliary care to two or more unrelated individuals, or to which persons are committed by law. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • Internet: means the federated international system that is composed of allied electronic communication networks linked by telecommunication channels, that uses standardized protocols, and that facilitates electronic communication services, including but not limited to use of the world wide web; the transmission of electronic mail or messages; the transfer of files and data or other electronic information; and the transmission of voice, image, and video. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • 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.
  • Live birth: means the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, irrespective of the duration of pregnancy, which, after such expulsion or extraction, breathes or shows any other evidence of life such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • 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, and the word "year" and the abbreviation "A. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • person: means individual, corporation, limited liability company, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership or association, or any other legal entity. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Registration: means the process by which vital statistic records are completed, filed, and incorporated by the division in the division's official records. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • Rescission: The cancellation of budget authority previously provided by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act of 1974 specifies that the President may propose to Congress that funds be rescinded. If both Houses have not approved a rescission proposal (by passing legislation) within 45 days of continuous session, any funds being withheld must be made available for obligation.
  • Rule: includes "regulation". See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Signature: includes an electronic signature as defined in section 554D. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" may include the said district and territories. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • State registrar: means the state registrar of vital statistics. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • System of vital statistics: includes the registration, collection, preservation, amendment, and certification of vital statistics records, and activities and records related thereto including the data processing, analysis, and publication of statistical data derived from such records. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • United States: includes all the states. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Vital statistics: means records of births, deaths, fetal deaths, adoptions, marriages, dissolutions, annulments, and data related thereto. See Iowa Code 144.1
  • year: means twelve consecutive months. See Iowa Code 4.1