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Vermont Public RecordsVermont is one of the smallest and least populated states in the U.S. In 2011, the estimated population of the state was just over 626,000. Despite its small size, Vermont is rich in history, as the 14th state to join the Union in 1791. The area was first inhabited by French explorers in the 16th century, and by Dutch-British settlers nearly a century later. The state was first part of the New Hampshire Grants before establishing its independence in 1777. Finding pieces of this state’s history often involves perusing Vermont public records that offer vital facts about the people who have called this state home. 

Launching a Vermont public records search begins with knowing where vital records are stored. Vermont offers two primary resources for public records, depending on the types of public records sought and the date in which the event in question took place. It is also important to learn how to go about finding and requesting documents of official Vermont public records, whether you need them for academic, genealogical or personal reasons. When you are ready to initiate a Vermont vital records search, keep these tips in mind:

  • Recent Vermont public records can be found at the Vermont Department of Health.
  • This agency primarily handles requests for searches and document copies by mail.
  • Applications for receiving these records can be downloaded at the Department of Health website.
  • Additional records can be found at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.
  • No restrictions on access to these documents are in effect in Vermont at this time.
  • Who Can Retrieve Vermont Public Records?

    Currently, Vermont does not have any restrictions on who may search for and obtain public records in the state. Vermont vital records can be found at both of these agencies using online applications, which ask for little more from the applicant than a name and contact information for sending information. The application does not ask for the person’s relationship to the subject of the search, as some other states do. In fact, current applications do not even request identification information from the person making the request.

    The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration welcomes members of the general public to conduct public records searches in Vermont. Access to records beyond Vermont vital records do require permission from an agency record officer or liaison, however. Vital records include birth and death certificates, marriage and divorce records and civil union records. Even certified records of these documents may be requested without a requirement to show relationship to the subject or purpose for requesting the document.

    Locations for a Vermont Public Records Search

    Recent Vermont public records (within the past five years) are currently held at the Vermont Vital Records office through the Vermont Department of Health. This agency handles requests of birth, death, marriage and divorce records that have taken place over the past five years. The agency primarily handles these requests by mail, with the application for records available for download from the Vital Records website. An email address is also available for requests and questions about online Vermont public records searches.

    After five years, VT public records are moved to the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. This office also holds many of the files of interest to genealogists, including census records, military records and naturalization records. Some of the files in this collection date all the way back to the 18th century, and can be found through the online Nye database for easier research. The office can also be visited in person, where professional staff members can assist interested individuals with their Vermont public records searches. Requests can even be made by mail or email, with forms available for download from the Archives and Records Administration office.

    Online Public Records in Vermont

    At this time, there are relatively few options in finding Vermont public records online. The state offices that hold these records do most of their business in person or by traditional mail. However, forms for requests can be downloaded from the appropriate agency website, which can then be sent to the agency by mail or email. The online Nye database also allows for a limited amount of online research through the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. This service permits interested researchers to conduct genealogical or academic studies from the comfort and privacy of home whenever possible.



     
    State of Vermont Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    621,270

     
    Under 18:
    131,353

     
    Over 65:
    84,425

     
    Employed:
    434,333

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    9,249.56

     
    Acres of Farms:
    1,909,244

     
    Births:
    6,473

     
    Deaths:
    5,066

     
    Infant Deaths:
    25

     
     
    Murder:
    17

     
    Forcible Rape:
    127

     
    Robbery:
    89

     
    Assault:
    611

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    844

     
    Burglary:
    3,462

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    11,724

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    585

     
    Total Property Crime:
    15,771

     
    Vermont Public Records Locations
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Accident Report Section
    120 State St
    Montpelier, VT 05603
    Phone:
    802-828-2050










    Attorney General's Office
    109 State St
    Montpelier, VT 05609-1001
    Phone:
    802-828-3171

    Fax:
    802-828-2154










     
    Reference & Research
    Vital Records Section
    US Rte 2, Drawer 33
    Montpelier, VT 05633-7601
    Phone:
    802-828-3286

    Fax:
    802-828-3710










    Secretary of State
    Corporation Division
    81 River St
    Montpelier, VT 05609-1104
    Phone:
    802-828-2386

    Fax:
    802-828-2853










     
    Criminal Record Check Section
    Vermont Criminal Information Center
    103 S. Main St.
    Waterbury, VT 05671-2101
    Phone:
    802-244-8727

     
    802-241-5237

    Fax:
    802-241-5552










    Reference & Research
    Vital Records
    US Rte 2, Drawer 33
    Montpelier, VT 05633-7601
    Phone:
    802-828-3286

    Fax:
    802-828-3710










     
    Research & Reference
    Vital Records Section
    US Rte 2, Drawer 33
    Montpelier, VT 05633-7601
    Phone:
    802-828-3286

    Fax:
    802-828-3710










    Department of Motor Vehicles
    DI - Records Unit
    120 State St
    Montpelier, VT 05603-0001
    Phone:
    802-828-2050

    Fax:
    802-828-2098










     
    Department of Education
    GED Testing
    120 State Street
    Montpelier, VT 05620
    Phone:
    802-828-5161

    Fax:
    802-828-3146










    Governor's Office
    Pavilion Office Bldg
    109 State St
    Montpelier, VT 05609-0101
    Phone:
    802-828-3333

    Fax:
    802-828-3339










     
    Vermont Department of Corrections
    Inmate Information Request
    103 S. Main Street
    Waterbury, VT 05671-1001
    Phone:
    802-241-2276

    Fax:
    802-241-2565










    Vermont General Assembly
    State House-Legislative Council
    115 State Street, Drawer 33
    Montpelier, VT 05633
    Phone:
    802-828-2231

    Fax:
    802-828-2424










     
    Reference & Research
    Vital Records Section
    US Rte 2, Drawer 33
    Montpelier, VT 05633-7601
    Phone:
    802-828-3286

    Fax:
    802-828-3710










    State Repository
    Vermont Criminal Information Center
    103 S. Main St.
    Waterbury, VT 05671-2101
    Phone:
    802-244-8727

     
    802-241-5400

    Fax:
    802-241-5552










     
    Secretary of State
    State Archives Division
    26 Terrace-Redstone Bldg
    Montpelier, VT 05609-1103
    Phone:
    802-828-2308

    Fax:
    802-828-1135










    Court Administrator
    Administrative Office of Courts
    109 State St
    Montpelier, VT 05609-0701
    Phone:
    802-828-3278

    Fax:
    802-828-3457










     
    UCC Division
    Secretary of State
    81 River St, Drawer 4
    Montpelier, VT 05609-1101
    Phone:
    802-828-2386

    Fax:
    802-828-2853










    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Registration & License Information/Records
    120 State St
    Montpelier, VT 05603
    Phone:
    802-828-2000

    Fax:
    802-828-2872










     
    Department of Labor
    Workers Compensation Division
    PO Box 488
    Montpelier, VT 056201-0488
    Phone:
    802-828-2286

    Fax:
    802-828-2195