For Immediate Release
February 1, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Publishes Guidelines, Affidavit for Free Birth Certificate in Voter ID Process

TOPEKA, Kan.— The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Office of Vital Statistics has published the guidelines and the affidavit required for Kansas residents requesting a free birth certificate for the purposes of obtaining free photographic identification (ID) necessary to vote in government elections.

Starting this year, Kansans must present photo ID at the polls before voting in local and state government elections in accordance with the voter identification provision of the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Act.  A birth certificate is among the documents the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) Division of Vehicles will accept from Kansans applying for a free non-driver identification card.

To qualify for the free birth certificate from KDHE for purposes of acquiring a free photo ID from the Division of Vehicles, a person must (1) not possess any documents listed as valid photographic identification documents under Kansas law, (2) lack any of the documents necessary to prove identity; (3) sign an affidavit attesting to items #1 and #2 (4) be registered to vote in Kansas, and (5) have been born in Kansas.

Kansans requesting a birth certificate for the purpose of obtaining a free non-driver identification card:

The State of Kansas guidelines and affidavit for obtaining a free birth certificate to be used in acquiring free voter identification can be found here: http://www.kdheks.gov/vital/birth_cert_voter_ID_guidance.htm

For more on Voter ID and Voter Registration requirements, visit the Secretary of State’s “Got Voter ID” website at http://www.gotvoterid.com/