A Florida mother who had her birth certificate sent to her address by a local pharmacy has filed a lawsuit against the pharmacy, alleging that it withheld her birth certificates in violation of state law.
According to court documents, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) denied the mother’s request for a birth certificate in April, citing a state law that says a person may not receive a birth record by mail unless the person’s parents receive it first.
The mother said she received a letter from a local branch of the pharmacy saying the woman’s birth certificate had not been returned to her.
The FDOH said in a statement that the law was amended in 2009, and that it was only made available to people who “are entitled to receive a copy of their birth certificate.”
“The FDoh is disappointed that this case is taking so long to resolve,” the FDOH added.
“FDOHs new procedures require that the certificate of birth be submitted to the clerk of the county where the person is registered.
The clerk of that county must then forward the certificate to the appropriate county office for signature.”
The mother, whose name has not been released, filed the lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy and other pharmacies on Wednesday.
The Florida Department the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is investigating the case, and has not yet released a response to the lawsuit.