Electronic Verification of Vital Events (EVVE)
Many Federal and State agencies rely on birth certificates for proof of age, proof of citizenship, identification for employment purposes, to issue benefits or other documents (e.g. driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, and passports) and to assist in determining eligibility for public programs or benefits.
The National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) has developed and implemented an electronic system that allows immediate confirmation of the information on a birth certificate presented by an applicant to a government office anywhere in the nation irrespective of the place or date of issuance. Authorized Federal and State agency users via a single interface can generate an electronic query to any participating vital records jurisdiction throughout the country to verify the contents of a paper birth certificate or to request an electronic certification (in lieu of the paper birth certificate).
The EVVE project installed a new system that utilizes existing vital records information to provide an electronic match/no-match response for a vital record inquiry from any authorized state or federal user. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) contracted with the National Association for Public Health Statistics & Information Systems (NAPHSIS) and Solutions Made Simple (SMS) to install the system software. The system software and database are hosted in the Office of Technology Service Data Center and is maintained jointly by CDPH and OTech staff.
Utilizing commercial off-the-shelf components the new system is providing the following benefits:
- Real time verification and certifications of California’s birth and death records for authorized State and Federal users.
- Provides the system’s users an essential tool in the fight to prevent identity theft and fraud.
- Leverage current datasets and automation efforts.