George Petrulakis forwarded this article from his local newspaper (The Modesto Bee) with an update on how a county in California
is dealing with a shortage of paper for intaglio printing of vital records. -Editor
Need a birth certificate?
People in Stanislaus County are being directed to different offices to obtain birth, as well as death certificates, because of a
shortage of special paper for those records.
The shortage of secure paper for certified copies of vital records could create extra hassles for people in the next several months,
whether it’s parents who need birth records for their children or a family settling a loved one’s estate.
Clerk-Recorder Lee Lundrigan has arranged to provide a “verification of birth” at no charge to parents who need to enroll children in
school. She said she spoke with county schools Superintendent Tom Changon and sent letters notifying school districts, and no one has said
the record of births from the clerk-recorder’s office are not acceptable.
Customers seeking birth or death certificates from the clerk-recorder will be directed to the county public health department or the
California Department of Public Health. Lundrigan expects the restrictions will continue for three months until the special paper is
provided by a new supplier.
Some counties in California have run out of “secure bank note paper” after their sole supplier, Sekuworks LLC of Ohio, suddenly closed
in July. California is among states that adopted the “intaglio” method for printing certified copies of birth, death and marriage
certificates. The states use paper with printed security features to prevent counterfeiting of vital records.
To read the complete article, see:
Stanislaus County clerk-recorder redirects people seeking birth, death
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
OHIO INTAGLIO SECURITY PRINTING FIRM SEKUWORKS CLOSES
Wayne Homren, Editor
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