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Oregon Topics: Vital Records

While the Oregon Health Division holds statewide certificates related to births, deaths, marriages, and divorces, many other vital records resources exist. For example, most county clerk offices maintain marriage records dating from the beginning of the county to the present. Most circuit court offices have divorce case files (dating back to the 1800s in many cases) that include a variety of supporting records in addition to the decree. The following links provide access to some of the most useful vital records resources.


Certified Copies


Oregon Public Health, Center for Health Statistics has the following certified statewide certificates:


Birth: 1903-present
Death: 1903-present
Marriage: 1906-present
Divorce: 1925-present


See chart for various payment options and costs including Internet, regular mail, rush mail, walk-in, and telephone.


Oregon Public Health, Center for Health Statistics (includes vital records reports and data)


Ordering records

Pre-adoption birth records

Oregon baby names


Uncertified Copies


Oregon State Archives has the following uncertified statewide records and indexes:


Birth certificate affidavit for corrections, 1904-1980
Death certificates, Oregon, 1903-1966
Death index, Oregon, 1903-2008 (microfilm)
Delayed birth certificates, 1842-1900
Divorce index, Oregon, 1946-2008 (microfilm)
Divorce returns, 1946-1966
Marriage index, Oregon, 1906-1924, 1946-2008 (microfilm)
Marriage returns, 1906-1910, 1946-1966


$5.00 in-state and $10.00 out-of-state with exact index citation.


Oregon vital record resources (includes listings and searchable databases for city and county vital records held by the Oregon State Archives)

Oregon Historical County Records Guide (includes inventories of vital records held by counties and other repositories: birth and death until 1920; marriage until 1960; and divorce (circuit court records) until 1983)

Request a certificate or record search via (include name, county, and date of death)


Revised 1/2017