CHAPTER 259

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO PROVIDE VITAL STATISTICS CERTIFICATES WITHOUT CHARGE TO PERSONS IN ARMED FORCES

AN ACT REQUIRING COPIES, OR CERTIFIED COPIES, OF CERTIFICATES OF BIRTH, MARRIAGE OR DEATH OF ANY PERSON OR PERSONS NOW OR HEREAFTER SERVING, OR WHO HAVE SERVED, IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, TO BE FURNISHED TO CERTAIN PERSONS WITHOUT CHARGE OR FEE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE POSTING OF COPIES OF THIS ACT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That the State Registrar of Vital Statistics and the local registrar of the City of Wilmington shall furnish free of charge to a veteran, or a relative of a veteran, a certified copy of an individual birth, death or marriage certificate of a veteran, or a relative of a veteran, provided that the said veteran, or relative of a veteran, shall state that such certificate is essential to the settlement of a claim involving the interests of a veteran or relatives of a veteran, and provided further that all subsequent copies of such certificates (the first copy of which was issued free as herein provided) will be issued only at the statutory fee. The said State Registrar and the said local registrar shall not request or demand any evidence of the necessity of the certificate other than the statement of the veteran or relative of a veteran, as the case may be.

Section 2. A copy of this Act shall be so placed within the Office of the State Registrar and the office of the local registrar that the said copy shall be clearly visible to all individuals entering the respective offices.

Approved April 9, 1947.