The Oregon Vital Records office, known as the Center for Health Statistics (CHS), is where to 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.
Vital Records Fees to Increase in 2016
The Center for Health Statistics was recently approved by the Legislature to increase our fees for vital records services. Please see our Rule Advisory Committee page to learn about the process or our Frequently Asked Questions page for information about the fees.
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 instructions to complete a marriage record are available for counties.
Vital Statistics has published preliminary data for marriages statewide in 2014 by county of issuance and sex. Preliminary data for marriages statewide in 2014 by county of occurrence and month are also available.
House Bill 2093 (2013)
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 amended Oregon Administrative Rules effective January 1, 2014. Our HB 2093 Implementation site provides more information about the contents of the bill, the administrative rules created as a result, and a history of its passage.