A. The department may, by regulation and upon conditions as it may prescribe to assure compliance with the purposes of the Vital Statistics Act, provide for the extension of the periods prescribed in Sections 24-14-20, 24-14-22 and 24-14-23 NMSA 1978 for the filing of death certificates, spontaneous fetal death reports, medical certifications of cause of death and for the obtaining of burial-transit permits in cases where compliance with the applicable prescribed period would result in undue hardship.

B. Regulations of the department may provide for the issuance of a burial-transit permit prior to the filing of a certificate upon conditions designed to assure compliance with the purposes of the Vital Statistics Act in cases where compliance with the requirement that the certificate be filed prior to the issuance of the permit would result in undue hardship.