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Are Oregon Vital Records Open to the Public?

Oregon is a closed records state. As such, access to records of vital events that occured within the state is restricted to selected persons. Pursuant to the state’s public record laws, these restrictions are limited to a specific period following the event. During this restriction period, vital records are only available to the registrant, their immediate family members, legal representatives, and court-approved parties. Following the expiration of the ‘restriction period’ copies of the record may be made available to interested members of the public for informational or genealogical purposes.

 

What Information do I Need to Search for Oregon Vital Records Online?

Online vital record orders typically require that the requesting party provide information with which to process the request. The information required typically includes:

  • The full name of the registrant
  • The year, month and day where the event occured (or was licensed)
  • The judicial district where the event was recorded
  • The full name of the registrant's parents (including the mother's maiden name where applicable)
  • The case file number of the record

Oregon vital records can be ordered online through the Oregon Health Authority website. However, the department does not provide an electronic option with which users can conduct online searches.

Publicly available records are also managed and disseminated by some third-party aggregate sites. These sites are generally not being limited by geographical record availability and may serve as a reliable jump-off point when researching specific or multiple records. However, third-party sites are not government-sponsored. As such, record availability may differ from official channels. to find a record using the search engines on third party sites, the requesting party will be required to provide:

  • The location of the record in question including city, county, or state where the case was filed.
  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile

 

What do I Need to Obtain Oregon Vital Records?

The requirements for obtaining an Oregon vital record typically vary depending on the authority of the requestor and the purpose for which the requestor is being requested. Given the provisions of Oregon’s public record laws, persons who are ineligible to access these records are required to obtain the required legal authority by querying an Oregon-licensed judge. As such, all requests must be accompanied by a court order proving the requestor's eligibility to access the record. Similarly, eligible requestors may be required to prove their eligibility by presenting a government-issued ID or proof of relationship document indicating the relationship between the registrant and the requesting party.

 

What’s the Difference Between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?

Informational copies are copies of a record typically issued to requestors for genealogical or research purposes. These copies do not have sufficient legal authority with which to establish identity, and this is typically indicated on the document, thus limiting its relevance.

On the other hand, a certified record is an official copy of the original record which has sufficient legal authority to establish identity and can be used for official functions. These records are restricted to persons who meet the state’s eligibility requirements and/or can prove a direct/tangible interest in the record.

Are Oregon Marriage Records Public Information?

Oregon marriage records are not public information but are restricted to selected persons until 50 years after the date of the marriage. As such, the persons eligible to access Oregon records include:

  • The persons named on the record
  • The registrant’s parent, legal guardian or spouse (recognized by the state)
  • A descendant of either party named on the record (aged 18 and above)
  • A legal representative or court-approved representative
  • Any government agency (or a third party) with the legal authority to access the record

 

How Do I Find Marriage Records In Oregon?

Requests for Oregon marriage records can be processed by the office of the County Clerk in the county where the marriage was licensed. However, these records are also maintained by the Vital Records Office of the Oregon Health Authority. to request the record from either office the requesting party is required to download and complete the Marriage Record Order Form or submit a written request containing information pertinent to the record including:

  • The full names of both parties named on the record
  • The county in which the marriage license was issued
  • The date on which the marriage was licensed or the record was filed
  • The requestors full name, contact information, and mailing address
  • The relationship between the requesting party and the registrant(s)

All requests must be duly signed and accompanied by the indicated fees and a photocopy of a valid government-issued ID or one of any of the acceptable proofs of identity. Requests may be submitted in person or via mail to:

Oregon Vital Records Office
800 NE Oregon St
Suite 205
P.O. Box 14050
Portland OR 97293-0050

Are Oregon Divorce Records Public Information?

Oregon divorce records are not public records. All divorce related information is deemed ‘confidential’ by law until 50 years after the divorce has been granted. During these 50 years, the persons eligible to access the divorce record include the persons named on the record, immediate family members of the registrants, the legal representatives of either registrant and persons who have been authorized by court order to access the record.

 

How Do I Find Divorce Records in Oregon?

Oregon divorce records can be obtained by querying the clerk of courts in the courthouse where the divorce was granted, or by requesting the record from the Vital Records Office of the Oregon Health Authority. Records can be requested by sending a written request to the office or by downloading and completing a Divorce Record Order Form. Requestors are required to enclose the signed application or request letter along with a cheque or money order payment of $25 (per record requested) and a photocopy of a valid government-issued ID or one of any of the acceptable alternatives. The application and accompanying documents may be submitted in person or via mail to:

Oregon Vital Records Office
800 NE Oregon St
Suite 205
P.O. Box 14050
Portland OR 97293-0050

Are Oregon Birth Records Public Information?

Oregon birth records are not deemed public information until 100 years following the birth date. Within these initial 100 years, access to birth records are restricted to:

  • The registrant (must be 15 years of age or older)
  • The parents, legal guardian or spouse of the registrant
  • Immediate family members of the registrant
  • Legal representatives of any of the above-mentioned parties
  • A court-approved party
  • Government or security agencies conducting official duties.

 

How do I Find Oregon Birth Records?

Requests for Oregon birth records are primarily processed by the county clerk of the county where the event occured. However, the state Vital Records Office also maintains a central repository of statewide birth records and processes record requests as well. To obtain a birth record, interested and eligible persons may download and complete a Birth Record Order Form or prepare a written request stating information relevant to the record. Completed applications must be accompanied by the indicated fees and ID requirements and submitted in person or via mail to:

Oregon Vital Records Office
800 NE Oregon St
Suite 205
P.O. Box 14050
Portland OR 97293-0050

Are Oregon Death Records Open to the Public?

Until 50 years after the death occurred, Oregon death records are not open to the public. During the years in which the record is restricted, it can only be accessed by immediate family members of the deceased, the next of kin, the decedent’s legal guardian or representative and authorized the funeral directors or service practitioners.

 

How do I Find Death Records in Oregon?

Oregon death records can be obtained in the judicial district where the event occured or by querying Oregon’s Office of Vital Records. to obtain death records from the state office, interested and eligible persons must download and complete the Death Record Order Form which should be submitted in person or via mail along with the indicated fees and ID requirements to:

Oregon Vital Records Office
800 NE Oregon St
Suite 205
P.O. Box 14050
Portland OR 97293-0050

How do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Oregon

Most vital records in Oregon are sealed or restricted for a limited number of years following the event. However, sealed records can be made available to persons who fulfill the state's eligibility requirements. According to the provisions of ORS 432.380, persons who are ineligible to access a vital record may access if they bear a permission note containing the notarized signature of an eligible party. Sealed records can also be accessed if the requestor is authorized by a court order/subpoena. A court order can be obtained by petitioning an Oregon-licensed judge. However, orders are usually only issued to persons who can sufficiently prove a direct and tangible interest in the record.

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