‘You can’t pay me, I won’t get a birth card’: woman is being denied a birth certificate
Posted On July 29, 2021
An Oklahoma woman is facing multiple lawsuits after she is being forced to pay hundreds of dollars in fines for failing to pay for birth certificates she was denied.
Kimberly M. McAlister, 55, was sentenced in February for her failure to pay $1,500 for her child’s birth certificate.
She said she paid the fee and never received the documents.
“If I hadn’t paid the $1.50 fee, I don’t think I would have gotten the birth certificate,” McAlisters attorney said.
She is suing the Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services and the Oklahoma Bureau of Vital Records.
She said she was given two options to pay the fee, either by mail or by calling a toll-free number.
“I think that it was a total scam,” McAlden said.
“They went through the process, they gave me two options and then they sent the paperwork to me.”
“If you don’t pay the money, it’s going to be in the mail, and you can’t get the documents back,” McAleister said.
McAlister said she will not take the case to court because she is under a court order that requires her to pay any fines she owes.
She and her attorney declined to comment on the lawsuits.
The Oklahoma Bureau to verify birth certificatesA birth certificate is an official document showing the person’s name, date of birth, and gender.
Birth certificates are issued by birth parents who are certified by the United States Department of State.
The agency is charged with verifying the identity of the birth parents and verifying that the birth is in Oklahoma.
The state says it can issue birth certificates to people who are missing an address, or for people whose birth certificates have been lost, stolen, or damaged.