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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Free replacement birth certificates offered to tornado victims

  • As area residents recover from the recent tornadoes, those needing to replace vital records such as birth and death certificates lost in the storm can apply Friday, May 31, to receive those documents free of charge.
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    As area residents recover from the recent tornadoes, those needing to replace vital records such as birth and death certificates lost in the storm can apply Friday, May 31, to receive those documents free of charge.
    The Oklahoma State Department of Health has issued a temporary waiver of fees for both birth and death certificates for people who had homes located in the path of the tornadoes in five counties, including Pottawatomie County.
    Storm victims in Pottawatomie County can apply for the fee-waived birth or death certificates from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Pottawatomie County Health Department, located at 1904 Gordon Cooper Drive in Shawnee.
    Those applying will need to bring some type of photo identification or other documents showing their address.
    This service is being offered only to storm victims, officials said. All other persons who need these types of records will need to pay the normal fee; no money will be accepted at the Pottawatomie County Health Department location.
    Making the application in Shawnee also can save area residents from making a trip to Oklahoma City later.
    Storm victims also can apply for fee-waived birth or death certificates now through June 30 at the Department of Health Office, located 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City.
     
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