(USA) CA AB 1053 Increased Pricing for Birth and Death Records #general

Jan Meisels Allen

It has been reported previously on this forum about California AB 1053
which if enacted , would raise the fee for certified copies for birth and
death certificates >from $3.00 to $12.00 ( a $9.00 increase) for death and
from $7.00 to $18.00 for birth (an $11.00 increase) regardless of when the
record event occurred. The bill passed the California Assembly and has had
hearings in the Senate where it has been amended even further. The most
recent amendment was on July 12, 2011 and it is scheduled for its second
reading in Appropriations Committee on-August 15. To read the current
version go to:
[or http://tinyurl.com/4ysnz5m --Mod.]

The most recent version, retains the $9.00 and $11.00 increase respectively.
The bill now splits the fee 15% for state and 85% for local/county
registrars. In addition the increase is made incrementally, $5.00 as of
January 1, 2012; $2.00 as of January 1, 2013 and $2.00 as of January 1,
2014. This provision is repealed on January 1, 2014 unless renewed or

However, a new section was added effective as of January 1, 2014 which
would adjust the fees by the percentage change in that year's State Budget
Act for those items appropriating funds to the state department that is
responsible for birth and death records--the California Department of Public
Health--Vital Records. The increase would include the total percentage
change in salaries and operating expenses of the Department, not to exceed
the total cost of the program or services provided. We would not know the
increase of fees for each year starting with 2014 until the California
budget is approved annually.

With the state fiscal crisis it is anticipated that the bill will pass with
the additional fees. When further action is taken on the bill it will be
reported on this forum.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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