Always search for an existing DCN prior to assigning one. DCN’s are assigned to Missouri newborns by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Bureau of Vital Statistics when registering the birth.
Do not assume a DCN has not already been assigned to the child simply because it is a newborn.
If a DCN is assigned to a child using Baby Boy or Baby Girl as the first name, refer to Correcting Information in the Common Area in the MEDES Reference Guide to enter the legal first and middle names for the DCN in the system. DO NOT assign a new DCN.