The Oregon Vital Records office, known as the Center for Health Statistics (CHS), is where you can get certified copies of birth certificates, death certificates, and other vital records in Oregon.
Oregon law requires all vital events such as birth, marriage, divorce, registered domestic partnership, dissolution of registered domestic partnership, fetal death and death be permanently recorded and registered. These are legal records documenting a vital event.
Certified copies of vital records are required to get social security benefits, a driver’s license, passport or other legal documents.
There are more than six million vital records filed at the state. Birth and death records have been filed with the state since 1903. Marriage records have been filed since 1906, divorce records since 1925, and fetal death records since 1919. Information from these vital events and other surveys is used as a source of data for informing public health policy and planning throughout the state and country.
From here you can find more information on how to register, amend, or receive certified copies of a birth certificate, death certificate, and other vital records in Oregon, as well as how to find vital statistics.
New Legislation - 2013 House Bill 2093
On June 13, 2013, Governor Kitzhaber signed House Bill 2093, which reorganizes and clarifies our vital records laws. You may read the full text of the bill at the Oregon Legislature website.
Our HB 2093 Implementation site provides more information about the contents of the bill, a history of its passage, and the next steps of the rulemaking process.