S.C. Code Regs. 61-19.1100.1107 - Amendments to Death Records

Current through Register Vol. 46, No. 3, March 25, 2022

A. When the marital status is shown as married and a surviving spouse is listed on the death record of the decedent then the marital status shall be changed to:
(1) widowed and the spouse removed if a death certification for the spouse is submitted documenting that the spouse died prior to the death of the decedent.
(2) divorced or never married and the spouse removed if a certification of divorce/annulment is submitted documenting that the event occurred prior to the death of the decedent.
B. If the marital status is shown as married and surviving spouse is listed as unknown or is blank on the death record, then a marriage certification must be provided to add the name of the surviving spouse.
C. If the marital status is shown as married and the surviving spouse is listed on the death record then an order from a court of competent jurisdiction will be needed to change that spouse to a different person.
D. When the marital status is shown as divorced, widowed, or never married and no surviving spouse is listed on the death record of the decedent then the marital status shall be amended to married and the surviving spouse added upon receipt of:
(1) a certified copy of a marriage record showing that the person to be listed as surviving spouse was married to the decedent and an affidavit of correction signed by the informant and the alleged surviving spouse; or
(2) an order from a court of competent jurisdiction finding that the person was married to the decedent at the time of the decedent's death.
E. Other changes to marital status and surviving spouse will be made only upon the finding of a court of competent jurisdiction in an order that determined the marital status of the decedent and identifies the surviving spouse, if appropriate.
F. Amendment to other items on the death record:
(1) Signatures shall not be amended.
(2) Other personal and statistical items on the death record shall be amended with supporting documentary evidence that is acceptable to the State Registrar.

Notes

S.C. Code Regs. 61-19.1100.1107
Replaced and amended by State Register Volume 40, Issue No. 06, eff. 6/24/2016.

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