§ 26-2-1 Short title
§ 26-2-2 Definitions
§ 26-2-3 Department duties and authority
§ 26-2-4 Content and form of certificates and reports
§ 26-2-5 Birth certificates — Execution and registration requirements
§ 26-2-5.5 Requirement to obtain parents’ social security numbers
§ 26-2-6 Foundling certificates
§ 26-2-7 Correction of errors or omissions in vital records — Conflicting birth and foundling certificates — Rulemaking
§ 26-2-8 Birth certificates — Delayed registration
§ 26-2-9 Birth certificates — Petition for issuance of delayed certificate — Court procedure
§ 26-2-10 Supplementary certificate of birth
§ 26-2-11 Name or sex change — Registration of court order and amendment of birth certificate
§ 26-2-12.5 Certified copies of birth certificates — Fees credited to Children’s Account
§ 26-2-12.6 Fee waived for certified copy of birth certificate
§ 26-2-13 Certificate of death — Execution and registration requirements
§ 26-2-14 Fetal death certificate — Filing and registration requirements
§ 26-2-14.1 Certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth
§ 26-2-14.2 Delayed registration of birth resulting in stillbirth
§ 26-2-14.3 Certificate of early term stillbirth
§ 26-2-15 Petition for establishment of unregistered birth or death — Court procedure
§ 26-2-16 Certificate of death — Duties of a custodial funeral service director, an agent of a funeral service director, or a dispositioner — Medical certification — Records of funeral service director or dispositioner — Information filed with local registrar –
§ 26-2-17 Certificate of death — Registration prerequisite to interment — Burial-transit permits — Procedure where body donated under anatomical gift law — Permit for disinterment
§ 26-2-18 Interments — Duties of sexton or person in charge — Record of interments — Information filed with local registrar
§ 26-2-18.5 Rendering a dead body unavailable for postmortem investigation
§ 26-2-19 Rules of department for transmittal of certificates and keeping of records by local registrar
§ 26-2-21 Local registrars authorized to issue certified copies of records
§ 26-2-22 Inspection of vital records
§ 26-2-22 v2 Inspection of vital records
§ 26-2-23 Records required to be kept by health care institutions — Information filed with local registrar and department
§ 26-2-24 Marriage licenses — Execution and filing requirements
§ 26-2-25 Divorce or adoption — Duty of court clerk to file certificates or reports
§ 26-2-26 Certified copies of vital records — Preparation by state and local registrars — Evidentiary value
§ 26-2-27 Identifying birth certificates of missing persons — Procedures
§ 26-2-28 Birth certificate for foreign adoptees

Terms Used In Utah Code > Title 26 > Chapter 2

  • Administrator: includes "executor" when the subject matter justifies the use. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Adoption document: means an adoption-related document filed with the office, a petition for adoption, a decree of adoption, an original birth certificate, or evidence submitted in support of a supplementary birth certificate. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Adversely affected party: means a person other than a land use applicant who:
    (a) owns real property adjoining the property that is the subject of a land use application or land use decision; or
    (b) will suffer a damage different in kind than, or an injury distinct from, that of the general community as a result of the land use decision. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Affected entity: means a county, municipality, local district, special service district under Title 17D, Chapter 1, Special Service District Act, school district, interlocal cooperation entity established under Title 11, Chapter 13, Interlocal Cooperation Act, specified property owner, property owners association, public utility, or the Utah Department of Transportation, if:
    (a) the entity's services or facilities are likely to require expansion or significant modification because of an intended use of land;
    (b) the entity has filed with the county a copy of the entity's general or long-range plan; or
    (c) the entity has filed with the county a request for notice during the same calendar year and before the county provides notice to an affected entity in compliance with a requirement imposed under this chapter. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • 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.
  • Appeal authority: means the person, board, commission, agency, or other body designated by ordinance to decide an appeal of a decision of a land use application or a variance. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Billboard: means a freestanding ground sign located on industrial, commercial, or residential property if the sign is designed or intended to direct attention to a business, product, or service that is not sold, offered, or existing on the property where the sign is located. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Charter school: means :
    (i) an operating charter school;
    (ii) a charter school applicant that has its application approved by a charter school authorizer in accordance with Title 53G, Chapter 5, Part 3, Charter School Authorization; or
    (iii) an entity that is working on behalf of a charter school or approved charter applicant to develop or construct a charter school building. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • City: includes , depending on population, a metro township as defined in Section 10-3c-102. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • County: means a unit of local government that is a body corporate and politic and a legal subdivision of the state, with geographic boundaries as described in Section 17-50-104, and powers as provided in Part 3, County Powers. See Utah Code 17-50-101
  • County utility easement: means an easement that:
    (a) a plat recorded in a county recorder's office described as a county utility easement or otherwise as a utility easement;
    (b) is not a protected utility easement or a public utility easement as defined in Section 54-3-27;
    (c) the county or the county's affiliated governmental entity owns or creates; and
    (d) 
    (i) either:
    (A) no person uses or occupies; or
    (B) the county or the county's affiliated governmental entity uses and occupies to provide a utility service, including sanitary sewer, culinary water, electrical, storm water, or communications or data lines; or
    (ii) a person uses or occupies with or without an authorized franchise or other agreement with the county. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Culinary water authority: means the department, agency, or public entity with responsibility to review and approve the feasibility of the culinary water system and sources for the subject property. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Custodial funeral service director: means a funeral service director who:
    (a) is employed by a licensed funeral establishment; and
    (b) has custody of a dead body. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Dead fetus: means a product of human conception, other than those circumstances described in Subsection 76-7-301(1):
    (a) of 20 weeks' gestation or more, calculated from the date the last normal menstrual period began to the date of delivery; and
    (b) that was not born alive. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • decedent: means a human body or parts of the human body from the condition of which it reasonably may be concluded that death occurred. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Declarant father: means a male who claims to be the genetic father of a child, and, along with the biological mother, signs a voluntary declaration of paternity to establish the child's paternity. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Department: means the Department of Health created in Section 26-1-4. See Utah Code 26-1-2
  • Development activity: means :
    (a) any construction or expansion of a building, structure, or use that creates additional demand and need for public facilities;
    (b) any change in use of a building or structure that creates additional demand and need for public facilities; or
    (c) any change in the use of land that creates additional demand and need for public facilities. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Disability: means a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of a person's major life activities, including a person having a record of such an impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Dispositioner: means :
    (a) a person designated in a written instrument, under Subsection 58-9-602(1), as having the right and duty to control the disposition of the decedent, if the person voluntarily acts as the dispositioner; or
    (b) the next of kin of the decedent, if:
    (i) 
    (A) a person has not been designated as described in Subsection (6)(a); or
    (B) the person described in Subsection (6)(a) is unable or unwilling to exercise the right and duty described in Subsection (6)(a); and
    (ii) the next of kin voluntarily acts as the dispositioner. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • 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.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fetal remains: means :
    (a) an aborted fetus as that term is defined in Section 26-21-33; or
    (b) a miscarried fetus as that term is defined in Section 26-21-34. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • File: means the submission of a completed certificate or other similar document, record, or report as provided under this chapter for registration by the state registrar or a local registrar. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Fire authority: means the department, agency, or public entity with responsibility to review and approve the feasibility of fire protection and suppression services for the subject property. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Funeral service director: means the same as that term is defined in Section 58-9-102. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • General plan: means a document that a county adopts that sets forth general guidelines for proposed future development of:
    (a) the unincorporated land within the county; or
    (b) for a mountainous planning district, the land within the mountainous planning district. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Geologic hazard: means :
    (a) a surface fault rupture;
    (b) shallow groundwater;
    (c) liquefaction;
    (d) a landslide;
    (e) a debris flow;
    (f) unstable soil;
    (g) a rock fall; or
    (h) any other geologic condition that presents a risk:
    (i) to life;
    (ii) of substantial loss of real property; or
    (iii) of substantial damage to real property. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Guardian: includes a person who:Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Health care facility: means the same as that term is defined in Section 26-21-2. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Health care professional: means a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Highway: includes :Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Improvement completion assurance: means a surety bond, letter of credit, financial institution bond, cash, assignment of rights, lien, or other equivalent security required by a county to guaranty the proper completion of landscaping or an infrastructure improvement required as a condition precedent to:
    (a) recording a subdivision plat; or
    (b) development of a commercial, industrial, mixed use, or multifamily project. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Improvement warranty: means an applicant's unconditional warranty that the applicant's installed and accepted landscaping or infrastructure improvement:
    (a) complies with the county's written standards for design, materials, and workmanship; and
    (b) will not fail in any material respect, as a result of poor workmanship or materials, within the improvement warranty period. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Improvement warranty period: means a period:
    (a) no later than one year after a county's acceptance of required landscaping; or
    (b) no later than one year after a county's acceptance of required infrastructure, unless the county:
    (i) determines for good cause that a one-year period would be inadequate to protect the public health, safety, and welfare; and
    (ii) has substantial evidence, on record:
    (A) of prior poor performance by the applicant; or
    (B) that the area upon which the infrastructure will be constructed contains suspect soil and the county has not otherwise required the applicant to mitigate the suspect soil. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Infrastructure improvement: means permanent infrastructure that is essential for the public health and safety or that:
    (a) is required for human consumption; and
    (b) an applicant must install:
    (i) in accordance with published installation and inspection specifications for public improvements; and
    (ii) as a condition of:
    (A) recording a subdivision plat;
    (B) obtaining a building permit; or
    (C) developing a commercial, industrial, mixed use, condominium, or multifamily project. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Internal lot restriction: means a platted note, platted demarcation, or platted designation that:
    (a) runs with the land; and
    (b) 
    (i) creates a restriction that is enclosed within the perimeter of a lot described on the plat; or
    (ii) designates a development condition that is enclosed within the perimeter of a lot described on the plat. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • 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.
  • Jurisprudence: The study of law and the structure of the legal system.
  • Land: includes :Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Land use applicant: means a property owner, or the property owner's designee, who submits a land use application regarding the property owner's land. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Land use authority: means :
    (a) a person, board, commission, agency, or body, including the local legislative body, designated by the local legislative body to act upon a land use application; or
    (b) if the local legislative body has not designated a person, board, commission, agency, or body, the local legislative body. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Land use decision: means an administrative decision of a land use authority or appeal authority regarding:
    (a) a land use permit;
    (b) a land use application; or
    (c) the enforcement of a land use regulation, land use permit, or development agreement. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Legislative: when used to describe the powers, duties, or functions of a county commission or council, refers to:
    (a) the power and duty to enact ordinances, levy taxes, and establish budgets; and
    (b) those powers, duties, and functions that, under constitutional and statutory provisions and through long usage and accepted practice and custom at the federal and state level, have come to be regarded as belonging to the legislative branch of government. See Utah Code 17-50-101
  • Legislative body: means the county legislative body, or for a county that has adopted an alternative form of government, the body exercising legislative powers. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Licensed funeral establishment: means :
    (a) if located in Utah, a funeral service establishment, as that term is defined in Section 58-9-102, that is licensed under Title 58, Chapter 9, Funeral Services Licensing Act; or
    (b) if located in a state, district, or territory of the United States other than Utah, a funeral service establishment that complies with the licensing laws of the jurisdiction where the establishment is located. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Live birth: means the birth of a child who shows evidence of life after the child is entirely outside of the mother. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Local registrar: means a person appointed under Subsection 26-2-3(3)(b). See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Lot: means a tract of land, regardless of any label, that is created by and shown on a subdivision plat that has been recorded in the office of the county recorder. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • 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 Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Mountainous planning district: means an area:
    (a) designated by a county legislative body in accordance with Section 17-27a-901; and
    (b) that is not otherwise exempt under Section 10-9a-304. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Noncomplying structure: means a structure that:
    (a) legally existed before its current land use designation; and
    (b) because of one or more subsequent land use ordinance changes, does not conform to the setback, height restrictions, or other regulations, excluding those regulations that govern the use of land. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Nonconforming use: means a use of land that:
    (a) legally existed before its current land use designation;
    (b) has been maintained continuously since the time the land use ordinance regulation governing the land changed; and
    (c) because of one or more subsequent land use ordinance changes, does not conform to the regulations that now govern the use of the land. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Nurse practitioner: means an individual who:
    (a) is licensed to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse under Title 58, Chapter 31b, Nurse Practice Act; and
    (b) has completed an education program regarding the completion of a certificate of death developed by the department by administrative rule made in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • 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.
  • Office: means the Office of Vital Records and Statistics within the Department of Health, operating under Title 26, Chapter 2, Utah Vital Statistics Act. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Parcel: means any real property that is not a lot created by and shown on a subdivision plat recorded in the office of the county recorder. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Parcel boundary adjustment: means a recorded agreement between owners of adjoining parcels adjusting the mutual boundary, either by deed or by a boundary line agreement in accordance with Section 57-1-45, if no additional parcel is created and:
    (i) none of the property identified in the agreement is subdivided land; or
    (ii) the adjustment is to the boundaries of a single person's parcels. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Person: means an individual, corporation, partnership, organization, association, trust, governmental agency, or any other legal entity. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Person: means :Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Physician: means a person licensed to practice as a physician or osteopath in this state under Title 58, Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act, or Title 58, Chapter 68, Utah Osteopathic Medical Practice Act. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Physician assistant: means an individual who:
    (a) is licensed to practice as a physician assistant under Title 58, Chapter 70a, Utah Physician Assistant Act; and
    (b) has completed an education program regarding the completion of a certificate of death developed by the department by administrative rule made in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Plat: means a map or other graphical representation of lands that a licensed professional land surveyor makes and prepares in accordance with Section 17-27a-603 or 57-8-13. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Presumed father: means the father of a child conceived or born during a marriage as defined in Section 30-1-17. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Process: means a writ or summons issued in the course of a judicial proceeding. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Public health authority: means an agency or authority of the United States, a state, a territory, a political subdivision of a state or territory, an Indian tribe, or a person acting under a grant of authority from or contract with such an agency, that is responsible for public health matters as part of its official mandate. See Utah Code 26-1-2
  • Public hearing: means a hearing at which members of the public are provided a reasonable opportunity to comment on the subject of the hearing. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
  • Public meeting: means a meeting that is required to be open to the public under Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Public street: means a public right-of-way, including a public highway, public avenue, public boulevard, public parkway, public road, public lane, public alley, public viaduct, public subway, public tunnel, public bridge, public byway, other public transportation easement, or other public way. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • real property: includes :Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Receiving zone: means an unincorporated area of a county that the county designates, by ordinance, as an area in which an owner of land may receive a transferable development right. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • register: means acceptance by the local or state registrar of a certificate and incorporation of the certificate into the permanent records of the state. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Sanitary sewer authority: means the department, agency, or public entity with responsibility to review and approve the feasibility of sanitary sewer services or onsite wastewater systems. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Sending zone: means an unincorporated area of a county that the county designates, by ordinance, as an area from which an owner of land may transfer a transferable development right. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Signature: includes a name, mark, or sign written with the intent to authenticate an instrument or writing. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Site plan: means a document or map that may be required by a county during a preliminary review preceding the issuance of a building permit to demonstrate that an owner's or developer's proposed development activity meets a land use requirement. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes a state, district, or territory of the United States. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • State: includes any department, division, or agency of the state. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • State registrar: means the state registrar of vital records appointed under Subsection 26-2-3(2)(e). See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subdivision: includes :
    (i) the division or development of land whether by deed, metes and bounds description, devise and testacy, map, plat, or other recorded instrument, regardless of whether the division includes all or a portion of a parcel or lot; and
    (ii) except as provided in Subsection (70)(c), divisions of land for residential and nonresidential uses, including land used or to be used for commercial, agricultural, and industrial purposes. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Subdivision amendment: means an amendment to a recorded subdivision in accordance with Section 17-27a-608 that:
    (a) vacates all or a portion of the subdivision;
    (b) alters the outside boundary of the subdivision;
    (c) changes the number of lots within the subdivision;
    (d) alters a public right-of-way, a public easement, or public infrastructure within the subdivision; or
    (e) alters a common area or other common amenity within the subdivision. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Testify: means to make an oral statement under oath or affirmation. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Town: includes , depending on population, a metro township as defined in Section 10-3c-102. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Transferable development right: means a right to develop and use land that originates by an ordinance that authorizes a land owner in a designated sending zone to transfer land use rights from a designated sending zone to a designated receiving zone. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • Unincorporated: means the area outside of the incorporated area of a municipality. See Utah Code 17-27a-103
  • United States: includes each state, district, and territory of the United States of America. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Vital records: means :
    (a) registered certificates or reports of birth, death, fetal death, marriage, divorce, dissolution of marriage, or annulment;
    (b) amendments to any of the registered certificates or reports described in Subsection (22)(a);
    (c) an adoption document; and
    (d) other similar documents. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Vital statistics: means the data derived from registered certificates and reports of birth, death, fetal death, induced termination of pregnancy, marriage, divorce, dissolution of marriage, or annulment. See Utah Code 26-2-2
  • Writing: includes :Utah Code 68-3-12.5