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Birth Date

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Public Element
No No Date None Yes



The date on which the person was born.


Purpose: Provides the birth date of the person, which assists users in distinguishing among people with the same names.


Relationship: This element is dependent on Name. To have Birth Date, Name must be created. Birth Date Qualifier is dependent on this element. To have Birth Date Qualifier, Birth Date must be created.



Enter the date on which the person was born.

Use Birth Date Qualifier to indicate uncertain or approximate dates.

Enter date in MM/DD/YYYY form.
If the day is unknown, enter the month and year in MM/YYYY form.
If the month is unknown, enter the year in the YYYY form.
Do not use 00 as a month or day.









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