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North Dakota Public RecordsNorth Dakota is one of the least populated of the United States, even though it is one of the larger states in terms of actual size. The state was first explored by French Canadians in 1738, after being inhabited by various Native American tribes long before that time. When the state was explored by Lewis and Clark in 1804, it was considered primarily French territory, although the Spanish also inhabited certain areas by that time. North Dakota became an official part of the United States of America in 1889, the same year as its southern neighbor, South Dakota.

The history of North Dakota can be traced through the vital records that document those who have been born, married or died in the state since its humble beginnings.  Launching a public records search in North Dakota typically involves a few key government offices in the state. Fortunately, vital records searches are primarily streamlined here, for faster, more efficient research and retrieval of key documents. Those who need to find North Dakota public records for personal, legal or academic reasons may make the process much easier by learning where these records are primarily held and what is required to search for and retrieve specific documents in question.

As you begin a public records search in North Dakota, keep these helpful hints in mind:

  • Many North Dakota vital records are currently stored at the state’s Department of Health.
  • Access to official copies of documents may be restricted under state law.
  • North Dakota marriage and divorce records may be found at the county office where the record was filed.
  • Copies of documents can be requested in person, by mail or fax or over the Internet.
  • The State Historical Society of North Dakota is another potential resource for ND public records.
  • Eligibility in a North Dakota Public Records Search

    Access to official copies of birth and death records is restricted under North Dakota state law to protect the identity of the persons on the documents. Certified copies of North Dakota birth certificates may be requested by the person on the certificate or either parent of that person. If the person on the certificate is deceased, the document may also be requested by an immediate relative or personal representative of one of these parties.

    Access to North Dakota death certificates is also restricted to relatives, personal representatives of the deceased or funeral directors.

    Informational copies of either of these ND vital records are available to the general public, but informational copies cannot be used for identification or for legal purposes. Informational death certificates will also omit the cause of death and the social security number of the deceased.

    North Dakota Public Records Locations

    The first place to begin a North Dakota public records search is through the state’s Department of Health. This office holds all of the birth and death records for North Dakota.  

    ND marriage and divorce records must be requested from the county where the event took place.

    The North Dakota Department of Health provides access to these files in person, by mail and fax, or online. Faster service may also be available through the individual county offices, which also hold all the vital records for North Dakota of events that specifically occurred in that county.

    Other ND public records, such as military and census records, may be found at the State Historical Society of North Dakota. This organization also offers a wealth of additional information for serious researchers and genealogists, including naturalization records, a biographical index and family genealogies.

    This office also has access to the North Dakota death index, where interested parties can research those who died in the state, dating back generations. Those interested in accessing these files may visit the reading room in person of the State Historical Society, or send requests by mail or email. 

    Launching a North Dakota Public Records Online

    For those conducting research outside of the state, there are options for online North Dakota public record searches.  The North Dakota Department of Health has created its own online service for interested individuals to find and retrieve documents for research or personal use. The service is available through the Department of Health website, and it does require individuals to set up a personal account before they can access the archives.



     
    State of North Dakota Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    641,481

     
    Under 18:
    142,809

     
    Over 65:
    93,285

     
    Employed:
    485,172

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    68,975.93

     
    Acres of Farms:
    39,879,294

     
    Births:
    8,390

     
    Deaths:
    5,744

     
    Infant Deaths:
    28

     
     
    Murder:
    3

     
    Forcible Rape:
    232

     
    Robbery:
    72

     
    Assault:
    761

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    1,068

     
    Burglary:
    2,106

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    9,164

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    882

     
    Total Property Crime:
    12,152

     
    North Dakota Public Records Locations
    Driver License & Traffic Safety Division
    Traffic Records Section
    608 E Boulevard Ave
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0780
    Phone:
    701-328-2604

     
    701-328-2601

    Fax:
    701-328-2435










    Attorney General's Office
    State Capitol - Dept 125
    600 E Boulevard Ave
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0040
    Phone:
    701-328-2210

    Fax:
    701-328-2226










     
    ND Department of Health
    Vital Records
    State Capitol, 600 E Blvd, Dept 301
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
    Phone:
    701-328-2360

    Fax:
    701-328-1850










    Secretary of State
    Business Information/Registration
    600 E Boulevard Ave, Dept 108
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0500
    Phone:
    701-328-4284

     
    800-352-0867

    Fax:
    701-328-2992










     
    Bureau of Criminal Investigation
    Criminal Records Section
    PO Box 1054
    Bismarck, ND 58502-1054
    Phone:
    701-328-5500

    Fax:
    701-328-5510










    ND Department of Health
    Vital Records
    State Capitol, 600 E Blvd, Dept 301
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
    Phone:
    701-328-2360

    Fax:
    701-328-1850










     
    Department of Transportation
    Driver License & Traffic Safety Division
    608 E Boulevard Ave
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0700
    Phone:
    701-328-2604

    Fax:
    701-328-2435










    Department of Public Instruction
    GED Testing - CKEN-11
    600 E Blvd Ave
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0440
    Phone:
    701-328-2393

    Fax:
    701-328-4770










     
    Governor's Office
    State Capitol
    600 E Boulevard Ave, Dept. 101, 1st Fl
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0001
    Phone:
    701-328-2200

    Fax:
    701-328-2205










    ND Game & Fish Department
    100 N Bismarck Expressway
    Bismarck, ND 58501-5095
    Phone:
    701-328-6300

    Fax:
    701-328-6352










     
    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
    Records Clerk
    PO Box 5521
    Bismarck, ND 58506
    Phone:
    701-328-6122

    Fax:
    701-328-6640










    North Dakota Legislative Council
    State Capitol
    600 E Boulevard Ave
    Bismarck, ND 58505
    Phone:
    701-328-2916

    Fax:
    701-328-3615










     
    ND Department of Health
    Vital Records
    State Capitol, 600 E Blvd, Dept 301
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
    Phone:
    701-328-2360

    Fax:
    701-328-1850










    Bureau of Criminal Investigation
    SOR Unit
    PO Box 1054
    Bismarck, ND 58502-1054
    Phone:
    701-328-5500

    Fax:
    701-328-5510










     
    Historical Society
    State Archives & Historical Research Library
    N Dakota Heritage Center, 612 E Boulevard Ave
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0830
     
    701-328-2668

    Fax:
    701-328-2650










    Court Administrator
    North Dakota Supreme Court
    600 E Blvd Ave, Dept 180
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0530
    Phone:
    701-328-4216

    Fax:
    701-328-2092










     
    UCC Division
    Secretary of State
    600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 108
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0500
    Phone:
    701-328-3662

    Fax:
    701-328-4214










    Motor Vehicle Division
    Business Operations
    608 E Boulevard Ave
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0780
    Phone:
    701-328-2725

    Fax:
    701-328-1487










     
    Workforce Safety & Insurance
    Workers' Compensation Records
    PO Box 5585
    Bismarck ND 58506-5585
    Phone:
    701-328-3800

     
    800-777-5033

    Fax:
    701-328-3750