Paper Used to Print Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates in Short Supply in Stanislaus County

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The Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder's office is limiting birth, death and wedding certificates to one copy per person because they may be in short supply of the certificates soon.

The only U.S. company that printed the type of security features the State of California requires for these certificates went out of business, forcing Stanislaus County to ration their supplies.

Joe and Danielle Snow ordered a copy of their newborn daughter's birth certificate on Thursday. What they didn't know is that the Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder is limiting purchases to one copy per customer.

Danielle Snow, an Oakdale resident, said she didn't know about the restrictions, but it was fine with her.

"How many do you really need? I mean, hopefully you can keep it in a file cabinet or a safe enough place where you’re not going to lose it,” Joe Snow told FOX40.

The state requires all vital statistic certificates use a security feature known as intaglio printing, which is great for preventing counterfeits, but bad because it uses what some call antiquated technology.

Now, the only U.S.-based company that makes the paper the certificates are printed on has gone out of business.

According to Stanislaus County officials, Sekuworks in Ohio closed its doors earlier this month without warning.

"If it’s because of a technology, then that should be resolved quickly,” Danielle Snow said.

The Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder’s office said they have enough for now, but they may be in short supply soon. What they’re hoping for and pushing for now is a legislative solution.

The clerk stressed the public will be taken care of through their office, and the state.

Thirty-eight states have already adopted new regulations that use up-to-date technology to print vital statistics certificates.

“If it’s a technology problem, you know they need to get better printers, then you know they should do that,” Joe Snow said.

They're hoping California will follow suit.

There is a legislative push to change the current requirements. Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen's office is working on a solution. Her office issued this statement:

“I am working alongside county representatives to find a viable solution that will balance the need to protect the identities of Californians with the sudden and urgent need to ensure we can provide legal documents as they are needed.”


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