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Oregon Vital Records - Births, Deaths & Marriages

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

Oregon Vital Records:

Oregon Vital Records
800 NE Oregon Street, Room 205
P.O. Box 14050
Portland, OR 97293-0050
Phone: (971) 673-1190

What You Need to Know:
Check or money order should be made payable to DHS/Vital Records. Call or visit the Web Site to verify current fees. Additional copies of records ordered at the same time are $15 each. You can also order with a credit card via phone, mail, fax or the Internet through the VitalChek network.

Web site: Oregon Center for Health Statistics


Oregon Birth Records:

Dates: From July 1903*

Cost of copy: $20.00

Comments: Access to birth records in Oregon is restricted for 100 years to the registrant, immediate family members and legal representatives. If you are not a family member you can send your request with a notarized letter of consent signed by a family member. The State Vital Records office has birth records from July 1903 only.
Application for Oregon Birth Certificate

* Some earlier birth records for the City of Portland (1864–1902) and for a few individual counties are available from the Oregon State Archives, 800 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310. The City of Portland also has statewide delayed birth records from 1845–1902. Indexes to some of these records are available for searching online.

Online:
Oregon Historical Records Index - Free searchable index includes Portland City Births 1888–1902, Benton County delayed births (1862–1899), Clackamas County delayed births (1869–1899), Linn County delayed births (1860–1899), Polk County delayed births (1855–1899), and Wasco County delayed births (1859-1899).


Oregon Death Records:

Dates: From 1903*

Cost of copy: $20.00

Comments:Access to death records in Oregon is restricted for 50 years to family members and legal representatives. If you are not a family member you can send your request with a notarized letter of consent signed by a family member. The state vital records office has death records starting from 1903. Non-certified copies of death records older than 50 years are also available from the Oregon State Archives.
Application for Oregon Death Certificate

* Some earlier death records for the City of Portland (1862–1902) and for a few individual counties are available from the Oregon State Archives, 800 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310. Indexes to some of these records are available for searching online.

Online:
Oregon Death Index, 1903-1998 – A free index to deaths from the Oregon State Archives and Record Center.
Oregon Historical Records Index - Free searchable index includes Portland City Deaths 1881–1917.


Oregon Marriage Records:

Dates: From January 1910*

Cost of copy: $20.00

Comments: Access to marriage records in Oregon is restricted for 50 years to family members and legal representatives. If you are not a family member you can send your request with a notarized letter of consent signed by a family member.
Application for Oregon Marriage Certificate

* Oregon marriage records, including some records prior to 1910, may be requested from the County Clerk in the county which issued the license. A few county marriage offices have sent their oldest marriage records to the Oregon State Archives (including a few indexes which are available for searching online).

Online:
Oregon Historical Records Index
- Free searchable index encompasses a number of early county marriage records, including Benton (1885-1929), Clackamas (1848-1893, 1910-1921), Hood River (1908-1947), Lincoln (1924-1947), Linn (1850-1873), and Yamhill (1856-1875).
Oregon County Marriages, 1851-1975 - Free index and images of marriage records from counties in Oregon, including licenses amd marriage certificates.


Oregon Divorce Records

Dates: Since 1925

Cost of copy: $20.00

Comments: Access to divorce records in Oregon is restricted for 50 years to family members and legal representatives. If you are not a family member you can send your request with a notarized letter of consent signed by a family member. Divorce certifications only are available from the State.
Application for Oregon Divorce Record

Genealogists are better off ordering copies of divorce decrees from the County Court that granted the divorce than from the Oregon State Vital Records office. The State Office issues a summary document called a divorce certificate. A divorce certificate does not have all the information contained in the decree so is not as useful for genealogists. County clerks may also have some records available prior to 1925.

Online:
Oregon Historical Records Index
- Free searchable index encompasses a number of early county divorce records, including Benton (1853-1920), Clackamas (1852-1920), Curry (1866-1929), Lane (1855-1900), Marion (1852-1921), Polk (1854-1912), Tillamook (1875-1909), and Wasco (1859-1916).

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