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Oklahoma Public RecordsThe state of Oklahoma boasts a population of more than 3.7 million as of the last count in 2011. The state’s name comes from root words meaning “red people,” and today, it is also known by its nickname, the Sooner State. Oklahoma was one of the last states to join the Union, becoming the 46th state in 1907. However, the history of Oklahoma extends much further back, with the first French explorers inhabiting the state during the 16th century, and a variety of Native American tribes staking their claim to property throughout the state early on as well. Today, many of the people who lived and died in this state are documented through the wealth of Oklahoma public records.

Launching an Oklahoma public records search begins with knowing where these documents are currently held. The state offers a variety of resources for Oklahoma vital records, with some centralized at a single repository and others scattered throughout county offices within the state. There are also historical documents on file for Oklahoma that date all the way back to the very early origins of the state. Finding these records involves a brief tour of public record archives within the state, as well as the requirements for retrieving and requesting copies of such documents.

To begin your public records search in Oklahoma, keep the following factors in mind:

  • Many vital records in Oklahoma are stored at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
  • Access to certified copies of some documents may be restricted under state law.
  • The State Department of Health provides access in person, by mail and online.
  • Some records, like marriage and divorce documents, are found locally at various county agencies.
  • The Oklahoma State Archives provides information on where to find additional public records in the state
  • Who Can Initiate an Oklahoma Public Records Search?

    Birth records in Oklahoma are not accessible to the general public. To receive a certified copy of a birth document, the person making the request must be able to prove he is the person on the certificate or a direct family member of that person. Others that might be able to access this information include legal guardians, legal representatives or genealogists.

    Oklahoma death records are also limited, although the rules are not hard and fast as to who can be privy to the information. The state recommends that persons interested in obtaining death records in Oklahoma provide full information on the person to be searched as well as personal information on themselves and their reason for wanting the information. The application must be approved in order for the individual to receive the requested information.

    Where to Locate Public Records in Oklahoma

    Birth and death records in Oklahoma can be found at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. This office holds all these Oklahoma public records, which began to be filed in 1908. However, official records were not kept until 1917, which means documents filed before this time may not be as complete or accurate. Any records that date beyond this point may be stored at the Oklahoma Historic Society, although without a mandate for keeping records at this time, there is no way of knowing for sure if records dating back prior to 1917 will even be available.

    Marriage and divorce records in Oklahoma are stored at the county clerk’s office where the event took place. At this time, no central location exists to track down these records, unless the county is known.  

    Additional OK public records, including census, military and Native American records, can be found at the Oklahoma Historic Society as well. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries offers some online services to track down some of these historic documents for academic, genealogical and personal reasons.

    The Convenience of Oklahoma Public Records Online

    While the Oklahoma Department of Health does not offer online Oklahoma public records searches directly, they have partnered with an outside service to make this option available to their customers. The Department of Health and VitalChek are working together to make public records online available in Oklahoma. The service is used successfully by many states across the country, allowing interested parties to search for and request copies of vital records from the comfort and privacy of home. There is an additional fee for using the VitalChek service.



     
    State of Oklahoma Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    3,361,642

     
    Under 18:
    899,507

     
    Over 65:
    480,140

     
    Employed:
    2,708,144

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    68,667.06

     
    Acres of Farms:
    33,826,661

     
    Births:
    51,801

     
    Deaths:
    36,180

     
    Infant Deaths:
    300

     
     
    Murder:
    212

     
    Forcible Rape:
    1,466

     
    Robbery:
    3,685

     
    Assault:
    13,823

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    19,184

     
    Burglary:
    35,081

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    79,422

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    10,881

     
    Total Property Crime:
    125,384

     
    Oklahoma Public Records Locations
    Department of Public Safety
    Records Management Division
    PO Box 11415
    Oklahoma City, OK 73136
    Phone:
    405-425-2192

    Fax:
    405-425-2046










    Attorney General's Office
    2300 N Lincoln, #112
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    Phone:
    405-521-3921

    Fax:
    405-521-6246










     
    State Department of Health
    Vital Records Service
    1000 Northeast 10th
    Oklahoma City, OK 73117
    Phone:
    405-271-4040

    Fax:
    405-232-3311










    Secretary of State
    Business Records Department
    2300 N Lincoln Blvd, Rm 101
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4897
    Fax:
    405-521-3771










     
    OK State Bureau of Investigation
    Criminal History Reporting
    6600 N Harvey
    Oklahoma City, OK 73116
    Phone:
    405-848-6724

     
    405-879-2690

    Fax:
    405-879-2503










    State Department of Health
    Vital Records Service
    1000 Northeast 10th
    Oklahoma City, OK 73117
    Phone:
    405-271-4040

    Fax:
    405-232-3311










     
    MVR Desk
    Records Management Division
    PO Box 11415
    Oklahoma City, OK 73136-0415
    Phone:
    405-425-2262










    State Dept of Education
    Lifelong Learning
    2500 N Lincoln Blvd, Rm 115
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    Phone:
    405-521-3321

    Fax:
    405-522-5394










     
    Office of the Governor
    State Capitol, Suite 212
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    Phone:
    405-521-2342

    Fax:
    405-521-3353










    Oklahoma Department of Corrections
    Offender Records
    PO Box 11400
    Oklahoma City, OK 73136
    Phone:
    405-425-2624

    Fax:
    405-425-2608










     
    Oklahoma Legislature
    State Capitol
    Bill Status Info-Rm B-30, Copies-Rm 310
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    Fax:
    405-521-5507










    Oklahoma Department of Corrections
    Sex Offender Registry
    3400 Martin Luther King Ave
    Oklahoma City, OK 73106
    Phone:
    405-425-2872

    Fax:
    405-425-7070










     
    Ok Department of Libraries
    Archives & Records Management Divisions
    200 NE 18th
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3298
    Phone:
    405-522-3577

     
    405-522-3584

    Fax:
    405-525-7804










    Administrative Office of Courts
    1915 N Stiles, #305
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    Phone:
    405-521-2450

    Fax:
    405-521-6815










     
    UCC Central Filing Office
    Oklahoma County Clerk
    320 R.S. Kerr Ave, County Office Bldg, Rm 105
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    Phone:
    405-713-1522

    Fax:
    405-713-2241










    Oklahoma Tax Commission
    Motor Vehicle Division, Attn: Research
    2501 N Lincoln Blvd
    Oklahoma City, OK 73194
    Phone:
    405-521-3770










     
    State Election Board
    Voter Records
    PO Box 53156
    Oklahoma City, OK 73152
    Phone:
    405-521-2391

    Fax:
    405-521-6457










    Workers Compensation Court
    Records
    1915 N Stiles Ave
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4918
    Phone:
    405-522-8600

    Records:
    DEPT405-522-8640