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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. 

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.

Information for hospitals, funeral homes, counties, and families on filing vital records
Compilation and analysis of the data from vital events
Information on Oregon’s youth and adult health behavior surveys
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