New law for reissuing Iowa birth certificates if biological parent’s name omitted

Des Moines, Iowa — A man who discovered his biological father’s name through DNA testing has inspired a new process for adding a parent’s name to an Iowa birth certificates.

A new state law will let adults apply for a birth certificate that includes the name of a biological parent if that name was omitted from the original document. During House debate this spring, Representative Brian Lohse of Bondurant explained a former Iowan who was adopted found a brother in Iowa through a DNA testing app.

Senator David Rowley of Spirit Lake discussed the bill on the Senate floor just before it passed unanimously this spring.

According to the CEO of Ancestry, one of the companies that sells DNA test kits, about 30 million people around the world have taken a DNA test.



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