Electronic requests for vital records back on the agenda
March 4, 2016
AB 2636 (Linder) would allow counties the option of providing an entirely electronic process for requesting one’s own vital records.
Existing law requires a notarized affidavit in hard copy to complete the request for vital records, while AB 2636 would allow (not require) local jurisdictions to provide consumers with the option to complete a knowledge-based authentication (KBA) process online to establish their identity as an authorized person. You’ve most likely come across KBA before and not realized it – many banking institutions and state and federal agencies utilize KBA to establish your identity.
CSAC is sponsoring AB 2636 because the process would reduce time and costs associated with requesting vital records; this option is also friendlier to military personnel, people experiencing homelessness, and former California residents who now reside elsewhere.
This may sound very familiar. CSAC strongly sponsored a previous version of AB 2636, AB 1238 (Linder), earlier this year. AB 1238 was heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee in January and referred to the Suspense File, where it stalled. It is unclear why the bill, which had no state costs, was referred to the Suspense File. AB 2636 was introduced on February 19, and has yet to be referred to a committee but has amassed a long list of co-authoring legislators thus far. CSAC will keep counties apprised of future action.