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North Dakota Vital Records - Births, Deaths & Marriages


Learn how and where to obtain birth, marriage, and death certificates and records in North Dakota, including the dates for which North Dakota vital records are available, where they are located, and links to online North Dakota state vital records databases.

North Dakota Vital Records:

Division of Vital Records
State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
Phone: 701-328-2360
Email: vitalrec@state.nd.us

What You Need to Know:
State office has had some records since July 1870. Years from 1894 to 1920 are incomplete. Additional copies of birth records are $4.00 each. You can even apply online with no additional surcharge with a Visa, Mastercard or Discover Card! Copies are generally mailed within 5-7 working days after request is received. Money order should be made payable to ND Department of Health. Call or visit the Web site to verify current fees. Proof of identity is required for all individuals requesting a birth or death certificate.

Web site: North Dakota Division of Vital Records

North Dakota Birth Records:

Dates: From 1881; records from 1894-1920 are incomplete

Cost of copy: $7.00

Comments: Birth certificates in North Dakota are only available to the individual named on the record, the mother or father named on the record, or a legal representative. Immediate relatives of the individual (i.e. child, grandparent, grandchild) may also request a birth record if the individual is deceased.
Application for a North Dakota Birth Certificate

North Dakota Death Records:

Dates: From 1870; records from 1894-1920 are incomplete

Cost of copy: $5.00

Comments: A certified copy of a North Dakota death record that includes the cause of death and social security number may only be issued to a relative (spouse, parent or legal guardian, child, grandparent, or grandchild) or authorized representative. A certified informational copy of a death record may be issued to the general public, but the copy may not contain the cause of death or the social security number.
Application for a North Dakota Death Certificate

North Dakota Marriage Records:

Dates: Statewide registration began in 1925, but some counties have earlier marriage records

Cost of copy: varies

Comments: Certified copies of North Dakota marriage certificates are only available from the County Clerk of Court in which the marriage license was issued.

North Dakota Divorce Records:

Dates: Index from July 1949

Cost of copy: varies

Comments: Copies of North Dakota divorce records can only be obtained from the County Clerk of Court in the county in which the divorce or annulment was decreed. If you need assistance determining in which county the divorce decree was granted, contact the North Dakota Division of Vital Records via phone, mail or email and they will search their index for free.

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