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Northeast Times | October 18, 2021

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Attorney General Makes Statement on DSHS Birth Certificate Policy Ruling

Attorney General Makes Statement on DSHS Birth Certificate Policy Ruling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement after a federal judge ruled the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) may continue its policy on the forms of identification accepted before issuing a birth certificate:

“Today’s ruling is an important first step in ensuring the integrity of birth certificates and personal identity information. Before issuing any official documents, it’s important for the state to have a way to accurately verify people are who they say they are through reliable identification mechanisms. We will continue defending DSHS’s policy on safeguarding Texans’ most sensitive information and vital documents.”

The Texas Attorney General’s Office is representing DSHS as a client agency in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. To view the judge’s ruling, please visit: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/images/2015/Ruling.pdf.