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For Immediate Release
April 27, 2016

Contact Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-9356 or leah.bucco-white@nebraska.gov

DHHS Rolls Out New Safety Paper for Vital Records
to Help Keep Documents Secure

Lincoln—To help keep Nebraska birth, death and marriage certificates more secure, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is using a new type of safety paper. The new paper has several built in security features that make it difficult to duplicate.

“We’ve seen instances where people try to modify, copy or even steal someone’s identity and information off a vital records certificate,” said Jenifer Roberts-Johnson, Deputy Director of Public Health for DHHS. “The new paper is an extra safeguard in place to help protect Nebraskans.” 

Some of the new security features include:
     - Background design 
     - Raised seal in color
     - Consecutive numbering

Safety paper is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics to prevent the use of vital records for fraudulent purposes. Nebraska now joins the many other states that are already using it. The Douglas County Health Department also issues birth and death certificates and has switched to the new paper as well.

All certificates issued by DHHS or DCHD prior to the use of the new safety paper remain valid.

Records of birth, death, marriage and divorce are filed with the DHHS Vital Records Office. Approximately 62,000 records of vital events occurring in Nebraska are filed yearly, adding to the approximately seven million records already on file. Over 140,000 certified copies of these records are issued each year.

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Note: A picture of the new paper will be available soon at http://1.usa.gov/1SsgT2u.