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Birth and Death Certificates
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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. 


Marriage Update

As of May 19, 2014, the U.S. District Court has issued a decision that in effect allows same sex marriage to occur in Oregon. For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page. Updated PDFinstructions to complete a marriage record are now available. 


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. You may also review the newly amended Go to PDF file: Oregon Adminstrative RulesOregon Administrative Rules effective January 1, 2014.

Our HB 2093 Implementation site provides more information about the contents of the bill, the new administrative rules created as a result of it, and a history of its passage.


How to obtain a certified copy of an Oregon vital record.
How to make changes, or amendments, to vital records, such as birth or death certificates.
Information for hospitals, funeral homes, counties, and families on filing vital records
Vital statistics are the compilation and analysis of information collected from vital event records reported in Oregon.
Information on Oregon’s youth and adult health behavior surveys
View baby names in Oregon since 1961.