Forms for free birth certificates will be online

? State officials say an affidavit needed to obtain a free Kansas birth certificate will be online sometime this week.

A birth certificate is one of the documents that can be used to get a new voter photo identifications. Under a new state law, people may use a birth certificate to get a photo ID if they don’t have any of the other 12 acceptable items to prove U.S. citizenship.

An application to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is required to get the free birth certificate and have the usual $15 fee waived. People also must swear they will use the birth certificate to obtain a voter photo ID or to register to vote.

The Wichita Eagle reports the affidavits will be available at KDHE’s website —