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Oklahoma Vital Records - Births, Deaths & Marriages

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

Oklahoma Vital Records:

Vital Records Service
State Department of Health
1000 Northeast 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: (405) 271.4040
Email: AskVR@health.ok.gov

What You Need to Know:
Check or money order should be made payable to Vital Records Service. Personal checks are accepted. Call or visit the Web site to verify current fees. A photocopy of an official ID (such as a driver's license) is required to accompany all requests.

Web site: Oklahoma Vital Records Office


Oklahoma Birth Records:

Dates: From October 1908*

Cost of copy: $15.00

Comments: Although Oklahoma began filing birth records in October of 1908, it was not mandatory that these records be filed until 1917 and compliance was still incomplete until about 1940. Birth records in Oklahoma are confidential and only available to qualified applicants, unless the individual is deceased. Eligible requesters include the person named on the certificate, the next-of-kin (parents, spouse, step-parent, grandparent, or adult child), or qualified representative. Genealogical requests for birth certificates are accepted with valid photo ID, but a release from the individual (if living) is required. If the individual is on file as being deceased, they may release the record, or they may request a copy of the individual's death certificate as proof of death.
Application for an Oklahoma Birth Certificate

* A few Oklahoma counties began keeping birth records prior to statehood in 1907, some as early as 1891. The early records, if they exist, will be found at the county courthouse.


Oklahoma Death Records:

Dates: From October 1908*

Cost of copy: $15.00

Comments: Although Oklahoma began filing birth records in October of 1908, it was not mandatory that these records be filed until 1917 and compliance was still incomplete until about 1940. Death records in Oklahoma are not open for public inspection, but anyone can request a copy of a certified death certificate with proper information and photo identification.
Application for an Oklahoma Death Certificate

* A few Oklahoma counties began keeping death records prior to statehood in 1907, some as early as 1891. The early records, if they exist, will be found at the county courthouse.

Online:
Greer County Death Index, 1912–1918

Tulsa Death Notice Index
Deaths found in OKC City Directories, 1918, 1920-23
Oklahoma Military Deaths - WWI, WWII, Vietnam and Korea


Oklahoma Marriage Records:

Dates: From about 1890, or the date of county formation

Cost of copy: varies

Comments: Marriage bonds, licenses, certificates, and other marriage records are on file with the Clerk of Court in the county where the license was issued. Many Oklahoma marriages in the territorial era (1890–1907) were not recorded, and a few may be found recorded in county courthouses in the neighboring states of Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, and even Missouri.

Oklahoma Divorce Records:

Dates: From about 1907

Cost of copy: Varies

Comments: Oklahoma divorce records are on file with the Clerk of Court in the county where the divorce decree was granted.


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