This document summarizes the current state laws on vital records pertaining to children and youth experiencing homelessness. Please contact Patricia Julianelle to share information about other state laws on vital records and youth experiencing homelessness.

California
AB 1733 (2014):

  • Waived birth certificate and state ID fees for people experiencing homelessness.

Connecticut
HB 6666 (2021):

  • Waived birth certificate and state ID fees for children and youth experiencing homelessness up to age 25.

Indiana
SB 464 (2019):

  • Allowed unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness age 16 and older to apply for a driver’s license, obtain a state ID, and obtain a copy of their birth certificates without parental consent and without a fee.

Kentucky
HB 378 (2019):

  • Waived birth certificate fees for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Missouri
HB 1414 (2020):

  • Waived birth certificate fees for parents and guardians of homeless children and youth, and for unaccompanied homeless youth.
  • Allowed unaccompanied youth to obtain birth certificates without parental consent.

New Mexico
HB 179 (2021):

  • Eliminated fees for certified birth certificates for individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Eliminated restrictions on access to birth certificates for unaccompanied homeless youth.
  • Allowed McKinney-Vento school district liaisons, school counselors, school nurses, and social workers to obtain birth certificates of students and clients experiencing homelessness.

Nevada
AB 363 (2019):

  • Provided a one-time fee waiver for state ID cards and driver licenses for homeless youth under age 25.
  • Provided birth certificates at no cost to homeless youth, their school district liaisons, and their social workers.
  • Allowed unaccompanied youth to obtain statements of birth at no cost for the purpose of admission to school or securing employment. 
  • Waived driver’s license test fees for homeless youth.
  • Amended by AB 197 (2021) to ensure birth certificate requests for anyone experiencing homelessness do not need to be notarized.

Utah
HB 371 (2019):

  • Waived birth certificate fees and photo ID fees for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

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