Linda – in case you missed my comment on the other thread, I will repeat it here for you. I think this closes the case and I think you owe me an apology: I have now received a response from the South Dakota Dept of Health (impressively quick response), confirming you made up the birth certificate statutes you talked about. Here is my email: Dear Sir/Madam I would very much appreciate it if you could clarify the situation regarding the birth of a child in South Dakota to non-US citizens. 1 When applying for a birth certificate for a child born in SD, it is necessary for one or both parents to be a US citizen? 2 Does a child born to non US citizens have exactly the same citizenship status as a child born to one or more US citizens? 3 Do you differentiate in any way in the documentation required or the birth certificate issued, when the child has one, two or no citizen parents. Thank you very much for taking the time to clarify this issue for me. …………………………………. Here is the response: Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 07:54:40 -0600 [08:54:40 EST] From: Susan.Wayrynen@state.sd.us To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (redacted) Subject: birth certificate Your questions regarding children born in the US to non US citizens: 1) no 2) yes 3) no The status of parent’s citizenship is not addressed in our laws; therefore, a child born to anyone in SD is considered a US citizen. Also, our laws are very specific regarding what is required for ordering a birth record and, again, citizenship is not addressed. I hope this answers your questions. Please contact me if you have any further questions. Susan SD Vital Records ……….. Linda that is pretty conclusive refutation isn’t it? Are you now ready to apologise and admit you made it all up?