Office of the State Registrar
Multiple-Race/Ethnicity and the U. S. Standard Certificate Revision

This web site is dedicated to providing information regarding federally required changes to the Minnesota birth and death records and to the fetal death report.

Every 10 to 15 years the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) revises the information required on birth and death records and fetal death reports. For detailed information about the Standard Certificate revision process, you may access the web site for NCHS. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/vital_certs_rev.htm

Current changes, incorporating the new federal requirement from NCHS, are limited to the way in which race and ethnicity data are collected for the decedent on the death record, and for the parents on the birth and fetal death report. These changes became effective for all death, live birth and fetal death events occurring on or after January 1, 2004.

MN VRV2000 has been modified to accommodate these changes. The blank documentation of death, documentation of birth and the fetal death worksheet have become two-page documents. There has been a slight revision in text on the first page, and the second page lists the expanded categories provided for the collection of multiple-race and ethnicity.

Included in the following are instructions and a copy of the modified worksheets for deaths. Please read the instructions carefully; it is essential that the information be collected accurately and consistently. For more information about this topic, you may e-mail your questions to mchs-fd@health.state.mn.us.

Documentation of Death Worksheet:
Adobe PDF (60Kb/2pgs)
Instructions for Completing Multiple Race & Ethnicity on the Documentation of Death Worksheet:
Word (34Kb) Adobe PDF (13Kb/4 pgs)

Documentation of Birth Worksheet:
Adobe PDF (100Kb/2pgs)
Instructions for Completing Multiple Race & Ethnicity on the Documentation of Birth Worksheet:
Word (33Kb) Adobe PDF (11Kb/4 pgs)

Documentation of Fetal Death Worksheet:
Adobe PDF (100Kb/2pgs)
Instructions for Completing Multiple Race & Ethnicity on the Documentation of Fetal Death Worksheet:
Word (34Kb) Adobe PDF (11Kb/4 pgs)

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