Guide: How to get a copy of your Vital Records in all 50 States and DC?

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates. State government vital records offices issue these documents. To get a copy of a vital record, contact the vital records office in the state where the event occurred.


Who may request records and for what purpose:

Every citizen has a right to access public records. Because not otherwise stated in the law itself, the term “citizens” likely refers to all citizens of the United States. This includes news media, corporations, and professional organizations.


The custodian of public records may ask the purpose for a request or the requester’s intended use of the records.


The following is the CDC’s guide to access to your vital records, including all 50 states and DC. You may also get the full guide here.


A Alabama Alaska American Samoa Arizona Arkansas C California Canal Zone Colorado Connecticut D Delaware District of Columbia F Florida Foreign or high-seas events G Georgia Guam

H Hawaii I Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa K Kansas Kentucky L Louisiana M Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana

N Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York (except New York City) New York City North Carolina North Dakota Northern Mariana Islands O Ohio Oklahoma Oregon P Pennsylvania Puerto Rico R Rhode Island

S South Carolina South Dakota T Tennessee Texas U Utah V Vermont Virginia Virgin Islands W Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming



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