Vital Statistics

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-18-00

Death certificates, as vital records, are not covered by FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 2000 #058

Original marriage licenses and certificates maintained by a circuit court clerk are considered vital records open to public inspection; access to microfilmed copies are open to the public, too.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #170

A death certificate, as a vital record, is not subject to disclosure under FOIA; however there is nothing to prevent someone with independent knowledge of a cause of death from commenting on it.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #487

Birth records are not official records. Other code provisions generally prohibit their release.

Attorney General's Opinion 1972-73 #498A

Welfare, adoption and illegitimate birth records are not open under FOIA. Other code sections prohibit their release.
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