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Oregon Public RecordsThe state of Oregon is one of the largest in the U.S. in terms of area, but only boasts a population of just over 3.8 million people. The state was originally home to various Native American tribes, but was also inhabited by Spanish explorers by the 16th century.  Subsequently, the state officially joined the Union in 1859, as the 33rd state to do so. The history found within Oregon public records can date back centuries, with documentation of the people who lived and died in the state for generations.  

Finding public records in Oregon requires a basic knowledge of where these vital records are kept. It is also helpful to understand state law regarding accessibility of these documents, to determine which records you may be privy to for academic, genealogical or personal purposes. An Oregon public records search may reveal many interesting facts about the residents of the state, but requires some savvy in terms of how to find these documents and request copies of the records in question. Before launching a public records search in Oregon, check out these tips:

  • Many Oregon public records can be found at the Oregon Health Authority.
  • These records are available in person, by mail or phone, or online.
  • Access to copies of some of these records may be restricted under Oregon state law.
  • Additional files are kept at the Oregon State Archives.
  • Professional genealogists are on hand at the state archives to assist researchers in their searches.
  • Oregon Public Records Eligibility

    Access to official copies of Oregon birth records is restricted for 100 years after the date of birth. During this time, the only people who can request OR birth records include the person on the document, immediate family members, registered domestic partners and legal representatives of any of these parties. Access may also be requested by certain government agencies for legal reasons.

    Death, marriage and divorce records in Oregon are restricted for 50 years after the date of the event. Access to these documents is limited to family members and their legal representatives, government agencies that can show legal reason for requesting documents or other entities with personal or property interest in the individual. Access will not be granted until the state office is satisfied that the person making the request falls into one of these categories.

    Identification will be required when making any type of request for public records in Oregon.

    Where to Launch an Oregon Public Records Search

    Birth, death, marriage and divorce records are all kept on file at the Oregon Health Authority’s Vital Records office, also known as the Center for Health Statistics. The department has Oregon birth and death records since 1903, when the first official records were kept for the state.  Oregon marriage records date back to 1906 and divorce records go all the way back to 1925.

    The number of files kept through this agency totals more than six million at this time, and access to files is available in person, by phone or mail, or through the Internet.  Order forms for documents can be downloaded from the agency’s website.

    In addition to the multitude of records on file with the Center for Health Statistics, serious archivists will also want to peruse the Oregon public records available through the Oregon State Archives. This office features a wealth of historic information about the people who have lived in the state, including census records, military records and vital records dating back before the documents on file at the Health Authority.

    How to Find Online Public Records in Oregon

    While the Oregon Health Authority does not provide a direct online Oregon public records search option, the agency has partnered with another company to provide that service to interested individuals. VitalChek offers the ability to search for and order Oregon public records from the privacy and comfort of your home. There is an additional fee to use the VitalChek service.



     
    State of Oregon Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    3,060,790

     
    Under 18:
    862,908

     
    Over 65:
    488,936

     
    Employed:
    2,410,304

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    95,996.79

     
    Acres of Farms:
    17,422,080

     
    Births:
    45,922

     
    Deaths:
    31,091

     
    Infant Deaths:
    234

     
     
    Murder:
    82

     
    Forcible Rape:
    1,156

     
    Robbery:
    2,641

     
    Assault:
    5,868

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    9,747

     
    Burglary:
    20,879

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    92,187

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    11,311

     
    Total Property Crime:
    124,397

     
    Oregon Public Records Locations
    Driver & Motor Vehicle Services Division
    Accidents Reporting Unit
    1905 Lana Ave, NE
    Salem, OR 97314
    Phone:
    503-945-5098

    Fax:
    503-945-5267










    Attorney General's Office
    Department of Justice
    1162 Court St NE
    Salem, OR 97310
     
    503-378-6002

    Fax:
    503-378-4017










     
    Department of Human Services
    Vital Records
    PO Box 14050
    Portland, OR 97293-0050
    Fax:
    503-234-8417










    Corporation Division
    Public Service Building
    255 Capital St NE, #151
    Salem, OR 97310-1327
    Phone:
    503-986-2200

    Fax:
    503-378-4381










     
    Oregon State Police, Unit 11
    Identification Services Section
    PO Box 4395
    Portland, OR 97208-4395
    Phone:
    503-378-3070

    Fax:
    503-378-2121










    Department of Human Services
    Vital Records
    PO Box 14050
    Portland, OR 97293-0050
    Fax:
    503-234-8417










     
    Department of Human Services
    Vital Records
    PO Box 14050
    Portland, OR 97293-0050
    Fax:
    503-234-8417










    Driver and Motor Vehicle Services
    Record Services
    1905 Lana Ave, NE
    Salem, OR 97314
    Phone:
    503-945-5000

    Fax:
    503-945-5425










     
    Dept of Community Colleges/ Workforce Development
    Oregon GED Program
    255 Capitol St NE, 3rd Fl
    Salem, OR 97310
    Phone:
    503-378-8648 Ext. 369

    Fax:
    503-378-8434










    Office of the Governor
    State Capitol Bldg.
    900 Court St NE
    Salem, OR 97301-4047
    Phone:
    503-373-1027

    Fax:
    503-378-6827










     
    Fish & Wildlife Department
    Licensing Division
    3406 Cherry Ave NE
    Salem, OR 97303
    Phone:
    503-947-6101

    Fax:
    503-947-6117










    Oregon Department of Corrections
    Offender Information & Sentence Computation
    PO Box 5670
    Wilsonville, OR 97070-5670
    Phone:
    503-570-6900

    Fax:
    503-570-6902










     
    Oregon Legislative Assembly
    Legislative Publications
    900 Court St, #49
    Salem, OR 97301
    Fax:
    503-373-1527










    Department of Human Services
    Vital Records
    PO Box 14050
    Portland, OR 97293-0050
    Fax:
    503-234-8417










     
    Oregon State Police
    SOR Unit
    255 Capitol St SE, 4th Fl
    Salem, OR 97310
    Phone:
    503-378-3725

    Fax:
    503-363-5475










     
    Secretary of State
    Archives Division
    800 Summer St NE
    Salem, OR 97301
    Phone:
    503-373-0701

    Fax:
    503-373-0953










    Court Administrator
    Supreme Court Bldg
    1163 State St
    Salem, OR 97301-2563
    Phone:
    503-986-5500

    Fax:
    503-986-5503










     
    UCC Division
    Attn: Records
    255 Capitol St NE, Suite 151
    Salem, OR 97310-1327
    Phone:
    503-986-2200 Ext. 6

    Fax:
    503-373-1166










    Driver and Motor Vehicle Services
    Record Services Unit
    1905 Lana Ave, NE
    Salem, OR 97314
    Phone:
    503-945-5000

    Fax:
    503-945-5425










     
    Department of Consumer & Business Svcs
    Workers Compensation Division
    PO Box 14480
    Salem, OR 97309-0405
    Phone:
    503-947-7818

    Fax:
    503-947-7806

    Records:
    503-947-7810