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Register Vital Records
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The registration of vital events in Oregon, namely the recording of the facts associated with live births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, divorces and related occurrences, is a key public health function within Oregon’s Center for Health Statistics. 

Registration means the process by which vital records are completed, filed and incorporated into the official records of the Center for Health Statistics.

From this page you can learn more about how to register vital records in Oregon.

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 available.

New Laws In Effect

Beginning January 1, 2014, there is a change in procedure for issuance of veterans'-use-only certified copies. Please see our new Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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 PDFOregon 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.

Effective in 2012, House Bill 3611 requires the collection of combat status and location of combat on veterans' death records. Visit our death registration page for more information, instructions, and training.

Also effective in 2012, House Bill 2380 pertains to births and fetal deaths where mothers delivered in a hospital after initially planning to deliver at home or in a freestanding birth center. Our birth registration and fetal death registration pages provide training and instructions.