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Idaho Public RecordsIdaho is an open records state, which means that few restrictions are in place to prevent public access to various types of information. However, Idaho birth records, death, marriage and divorce records are restricted to authorized individuals. These Idaho public records can be requested from the Department of Health and Welfare, which maintains a state repository of vital records. The Idaho State Judiciary website provides free online public records in Idaho access to civil and criminal court records, plus divorce records. Court records are reported by every county. The Idaho State Police satisfy criminal records requests, which are available to anyone. Both name-based and fingerprint searches are available. Third-party requests will only return conviction information. To access Idaho military records and vital records, visit the State Archives. To access Idaho cemetery records by county, go online to the Idaho USGenWeb Archives.

  • Request Idaho death records, birth, marriage and divorce records from the Department of Health and Welfare. Requests are accepted from authorized recipients by mail, or by fax or online through VitalChek.
  • Access Idaho court records and divorce records online through the Idaho State Judiciary website for free. Request for copies should be made to the specific court that handled the case.
  • Request Idaho criminal records by mail from the State Police.
  • Access historic Idaho military records and vital records at the State Archives in Boise.
  • View online Idaho cemetery records by county through the Idaho USGenWeb Archives website.
  • About Idaho Public Records

    Most Idaho records are readily available to the public with a few exceptions. Vital records, which include birth, death, marriage and divorce records, are restricted. Authorized recipients include the person of record, immediate family members or legal guardians, or someone with a court order. Otherwise, these Idaho public records are restricted 100 years for birth records and 50 years for death, marriage and divorce records. Since most genealogists are researching historic vital records outside of these time parameters, access is often not a problem.

    Idaho divorce records can be viewed through the court that handled the case.  Divorce court records are not restricted from public access and are considered Idaho public records.  However, a certified copy of a divorce record, which can be used for identification purposes, is restricted.

    Searching Idaho Gov Public Records Online

    Idaho offers a central court access website through the Idaho Judiciary Branch, which oversees all the state’s courts. The online access is free to the public and makes it easier to research Idaho court records. However, only court records dating back to 1995 are available electronically on this database. Also, an overview of the court record is offered, including the case number and location of the court that handled the case. This helps if you need to request these Idaho gov public records from the court.

    Identifying information, like social security numbers, addresses and telephone numbers, are not included on the Idaho court records for privacy reasons. Also, since Idaho criminal court records are available here, both pending and closed, for all counties in the state, it is another way to conduct a free criminal records search on any individual. Although the State Police enable anyone to request criminal records on another person, results will only include convictions – but nothing that is pending.

    Historic Public Records Search in Idaho

    The Idaho State Archives, which is operated by the Idaho State Historical Society, is located in Boise and offers public access to its vast records collection. Included in their records collection are historic Idaho military records, vital records and obituaries. There are many indexed newspapers that contain obituaries for Idaho, and a public records search in Idaho for genealogy resources should include these records. An online searchable index for the Civil War is available, as are criminal records dating back to 1864. There is no fee to perform a public records search of Idaho here, although there is a fee to make copies of records.

    Anyone performing genealogy research into Idaho ancestors should take advantage of the records at the State Archives. Another place to look is online at the Idaho USGenWeb Archives, which has a large amount if Idaho cemetery records broken down by county. These are online, digital records that can be searched from anywhere. Many of the individual Idaho counties listed here also feature military and vital records, in addition to cemetery records.



     
    State of Idaho Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    1,816,523

     
    Under 18:
    407,712

     
    Over 65:
    174,946

     
    Employed:
    915,021

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    82,747.21

     
    Acres of Farms:
    11,294,767

     
    Births:
    23,062

     
    Deaths:
    10,556

     
    Infant Deaths:
    109

     
     
    Murder:
    23

     
    Forcible Rape:
    551

     
    Robbery:
    241

     
    Assault:
    2,668

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    3,483

     
    Burglary:
    6,701

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    23,650

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,668

     
    Total Property Crime:
    32,019

     
    Idaho Public Records Locations
    Idaho Transportation Department
    Traffic and Highway Safety-Accident Records
    PO Box 7129
    Boise, ID 83707-1129
    Phone:
    208-334-8100

    Fax:
    208-334-4430










    Attorney General's Office
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0010
    Phone:
    208-334-2400

    Fax:
    208-334-2530










     
    Vital Records
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0036
    Phone:
    208-334-5980

    Fax:
    866-599-4629










    Secretary of State
    Corporation Division
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0080
    Phone:
    208-334-2301

    Fax:
    208-334-2080










     
    State Repository
    Bureau of Criminal Identification
    PO Box 700
    Meridian, ID 83680-0700
    Phone:
    208-884-7130

    Fax:
    208-884-7193










    Vital Records
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0036
    Phone:
    208-334-5980

    Fax:
    866-599-4629










     
    Vital Records
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0036
    Phone:
    208-334-5980

    Fax:
    866-599-4629










    Idaho Transportation Department
    Driver's Services
    PO Box 34
    Boise, ID 83731-0034
    Phone:
    208-334-8736

    Fax:
    208-334-8739










     
    Department of Education
    GED Testing
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0027
    Phone:
    208-332-6928

    Fax:
    208-334-6205










    Office of the Governor
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0034
    Phone:
    208-334-2100

    Fax:
    208-334-2175










     
    Idaho Department of Corrections
    Records Bureau
    1299 N. Orchard Street, Suite 110
    Boise, ID 83706
    Phone:
    208-658-2000

    Fax:
    208-327-7444










    Legislative Services Office
    Research and Legislation
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0054
    Phone:
    208-334-2475

    Fax:
    208-334-2125










     
    Vital Records
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0036
    Phone:
    208-334-5980

    Fax:
    866-599-4629










    State Repository
    Central Sexual Offender Registry
    PO Box 700
    Meridian, ID 83680-0700
    Phone:
    208-884-7305

    Fax:
    208-884-7193










     
    Idaho State Historical Society
    Historical Library & Archives
    2205 Penitentiary Rd
    Boise, ID 83712
    Fax:
    208-334-3198










    Administrative Director of the Courts
    Clerk of the Courts
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0101
    Phone:
    208-334-2246

    Fax:
    208-334-2616










     
    UCC Division
    Secretary of State
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0080
    Phone:
    208-334-3191

    Fax:
    208-334-2847










    Idaho Transportation Department
    Vehicle Services
    PO Box 34
    Boise, ID 83731-0034
    Phone:
    208-334-8649

     
    208-334-8663

    Fax:
    208-334-8542










     
    Industrial Commission of Idaho
    Attn: Records Management
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0041
    Phone:
    208-334-6000

     
    800-950-2110

    Fax:
    208-334-2321