Medina Bill to Allow Diacritical Marks on Vital Records Approved

Friday, March 24, 2017

(Sacramento) - The Assembly Health Committee passed Assembly Bill 82 by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) with bipartisan support. AB 82 would allow a person’s name to be accurately recorded on their vital records. “A name is closely tied to a person’s identity, history, and heritage,” said Assemblymember Medina. “It should be accurately represented on important documents, and parents should have the right to choose a name without government interference.” AB 82 will allow the use of diacritical marks, such as accents, tildes, and umlauts, on vital records, including birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage licenses. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.