In the United States, there are state laws requiring that a birth certificate be filed for each birth. In order to facilitate federal laws that mandate the collection of vital statistics data, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has developed model procedures and forms for states to use regarding birth certificate registration. Included in this model are guidelines and a suggested form for states to use for a delayed registration of birth.
If a birth certificate is not filed within one year of birth, a delayed certificate of birth must be filed the with the appropriate state agency.
State agencies require completion of a form for delayed certificate of birth. In addition to the information supplied on a timely certificate--age, birth place and parentage--the date of application and a summary statement of the evidence submitted in support of the delayed registration must be included. No delayed certificate of birth form is allowed for a deceased person.
Documentary evidence must accompany a form for delayed certificate of birth. Individual states determine the minimum documentation required. Such evidence might include church or hospital records or an affidavit from a person who knows the date and circumstances of the birth.