Oregon Adoptee Rights Initiative
Measure 58
Our Birth Certificate: Our Right

Ballot Measure

Ballot Title:

Requires issuing copy of original Oregon birth certificate to adoptees

Result of "YES" vote: "YES" vote requires issuing copy of original Oregon birth certificate to adult adoptees upon request.

Result of "NO" vote: "NO" vote retains confidentiality of original Oregon birth certificate of adoptees unless court orders disclosure.


Current Oregon law provides that upon decree of adoption, a new birth certificate generally will be substituted for the original birth certificate, and the original certificate showing birth parent information will not be subject to inspection, unless a court orders disclosure. Measure would require state registrar to issue certified copy of original birth certificate to any Oregon born adopted person 21 years old and older. Establishes same procedures, filing fees and waiting periods for obtaining birth certificate copies for adopted persons as for non-adopted persons.

Complete text of Proposed Law:

Upon receipt of a written application to the State Registrar, any adopted person 21 years of age and older born in the state of Oregon shall be issued a certified copy of his/her unaltered, original, and unamended certificate of birth in the custody of the state registrar, with procedures, filing fees, and waiting periods identical to those imposed upon non-adopted citizens of the State of Oregon pursuant to ORS 432.120 and 432.146. Contains no exceptions.

See also:
Oregon Secretary of State Official 1998 General Election Online Voter's Guide

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