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Nebraska Public RecordsNebraska is a Midwestern state in the United States that is primarily known for its fertile farmlands and college football. Although the state was not officially recognized until the middle of the 19th century, the history of the area dates back much further, offering a rich and interesting history to those who search its past for the people that have lived and died in the state.  Launching a Nebraska public records search to find those folks involves knowing where the records are held and what is required to request official copies of documents for tracing family trees, researching area history or personal use. Fortunately, the state makes public records searches as easy as possible, by grouping the majority of the records under a single government office, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

To launch a public records search in Nebraska, keep these tips in mind:

  • Most public records are held at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Those requesting records must provide correct identification and purpose for records.
  • Nebraska honors records requests by mail, in person or online.
  • Expedited service is available for both mail and Internet requests when necessary.
  • Archival information is available through the Nebraska State Historical Society.
  • Nebraska Public Records: Proper Purpose

    Like many other states across the country, Nebraska has laws in regards to who can launch a public records search in the state. Official copies of Nebraska birth records, death certificates, marriage and divorce records are restricted to those who can show proper purpose for the documents. Proper purpose is defined by the state as the following purposes; personal, legal, consensual, medical, law enforcement, genealogical, historical, government or media use.

    Those who request a Nebraska public records search for any of these reasons must show proper identification and outline the proper purpose for using the documents. It is up to the individual to prove that proper purpose exists before the document is released.

    While official copies are only provided in the state based on proper purpose, public records in Nebraska are available for public viewing by any interested party. Copies made for this purpose will be stamped “NOT A LEGAL DOCUMENT – FOR REVIEW ONLY,” and will not be allowed to leave the office in which the records are held. These documents can be used for a variety of research purposes, although personal information like medical history will not be included in the records. This policy does allow those interested in tracing family trees or researching Nebraska residents for academic purposes the chance to find the information they seek.

    Nebraska Public Records Locations

    The majority of the public records in Nebraska are found at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. This agency is the central repository of all Nebraska birth records, death certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees. The office offers a wide range of service options for those interested in conducting a public records search in Nebraska. The agency offers the fastest response time to walk-in visitors, who can get requested documents within 30 minutes. Those that submit requests by mail will usually have their records within two weeks, although expedited service is also available.

    In addition, the Nebraska State Historical Society holds a wealth of Nebraska public records dating back to the early years of the state. This organization has information about city directories, newspaper archives and prison records, as well as an extensive collection of photographs. Interested archivists can also find family papers, business records and individual records from the state.

    Nebraska Public Records Online

    One of the easiest ways to conduct an online Nebraska public records search today is through the state website. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services offers several different tools for this purpose, including submission of Internet applications for Nebraska birth records directly to the state office. This process takes about one week to complete.

    The state also partners with VitalChek to provide instant online service for searching and retrieving all types of Nebraska public records. The service is fast and easy, but there is an additional charge for using the service, on top of the fee for official document copies.



     
    State of Nebraska Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    1,432,783

     
    Under 18:
    446,145

     
    Over 65:
    236,648

     
    Employed:
    1,199,240

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    76,872.41

     
    Acres of Farms:
    45,116,903

     
    Births:
    26,145

     
    Deaths:
    14,963

     
    Infant Deaths:
    93

     
     
    Murder:
    68

     
    Forcible Rape:
    583

     
    Robbery:
    1,299

     
    Assault:
    3,466

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    5,416

     
    Burglary:
    8,775

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    38,375

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    4,188

     
    Total Property Crime:
    51,338

     
    Nebraska Public Records Locations
    Department of Roads
    Accident Records Bureau
    Box 94669
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    Phone:
    402-479-4645

    Fax:
    402-479-3637










    Attorney General's Office
    2115 State Capitol
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    Phone:
    402-471-2682

    Fax:
    402-471-3297










     
    Health & Human Services System
    Vital Statistics Section
    PO Box 95065
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
    Phone:
    402-471-2871

    Fax:
    402-471-8230










    Secretary of State
    Corporation Division
    1301 State Capitol Bldg - PO Box 94608
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    Phone:
    402-471-4079

    Fax:
    402-471-3666










     
    Nebraska State Patrol
    CID
    PO Box 94907
    Lincoln, NE 68509-4907
    Phone:
    402-471-4545

    Fax:
    402-479-4002










    Health and Human Services System
    Vital Statistics Section
    PO Box 95065
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
    Phone:
    402-471-2871

    Fax:
    402-471-8230










     
    Health and Human Services System
    Vital Statistics Section
    PO Box 95065
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
    Phone:
    402-471-2871

    Fax:
    402-471-8230










    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Driver & Vehicle Records Division
    PO Box 94789
    Lincoln, NE 68509-4789
    Phone:
    402-471-3918

    Fax:
    402-471-8694










     
    NE Dept of Education
    Adult Education
    PO Box 94987
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    Phone:
    402-471-2475

    Fax:
    402-471-8127










    Governor's Office
    PO Box 94848
    Lincoln, NE 68509-4848
    Phone:
    402-471-2244

    Fax:
    402-471-6031










     
    Game & Parks Commission
    PO Box 30370
    Lincoln, NE 68503
    Phone:
    402-471-5455

    Fax:
    402-471-6586










    Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
    Central Records Office
    PO Box 94661
    Lincoln, NE 68509-4661
    Phone:
    402-479-5273

    Fax:
    402-479-5913










     
    Clerk of Legislature Office
    PO Box 94604
    Lincoln, NE 68509-4604
    Phone:
    402-471-2271

    Fax:
    402-471-2126










    Health and Human Services System
    Vital Statistics Section
    PO Box 95065
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
    Phone:
    402-471-2871

    Fax:
    402-471-8230










     
    Nebraska State Patrol
    Sexual Offender Registry
    PO Box 94907
    Lincoln, NE 68509-4907
    Phone:
    402-471-8647

    Fax:
    402-471-8496










    Historical Society
    Archives
    PO Box 82554
    Lincoln, NE 68501-2554
     
    402-471-4751

    Fax:
    402-471-8922










     
    Court Administrator
    PO Box 98910
    Lincoln, NE 68509-8910
    Phone:
    402-471-3730

    Fax:
    402-471-2197










    UCC Division
    Secretary of State, Rm 1301
    PO Box 95104
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5104
    Phone:
    402-471-4080

    Fax:
    402-471-4429










     
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Driver & Vehicle Records Division
    PO Box 94789
    Lincoln, NE 68509-4789
    Phone:
    402-471-3918

    Fax:
    402-471-8694










    Workers' Compensation Court
    PO Box 98908
    Lincoln, NE 68509-8908
    Phone:
    402-471-6468

    Fax:
    402-471-2700