Oklahoma birth records began as early as 1908, but were not mandated by law until 1917. There are three ways to obtain a Oklahoma birth record. In person at one of three locations across the State, which is the fastest way. By mail, which can take up to three weeks to process, or through VitalCheck, an independent company that can quickly find and print your birth record. Birth record copies in Oklahoma are only issued to the registrant’s Immediate Family which includes the parents, siblings, children, current spouse or maternal or paternal grandparents. State laws also require a photographic ID of the applicant so you also need to present a government issued ID to get the copies of the Birth records. The ID can be anything from a driver’s license to a passport.
The State of Oklahoma houses their death certificates and vital statistics information under the Oklahoma State Department of Health. They began keeping death records in 1908, though it did not become law to do so until 1917. However, the records before 1940 are incomplete.
Oklahoma does not consider death certificates public information in that they cannot be searched through or inspected by the public, online or in the records office. They are public record in that any person who chooses to apply for a death certificate may do so; you are required to submit a written application, pay any required fees as well as have the information needed to produce the record from a search.
The information that will assist in the search for the death certificate is the name on record of the person in question at the time of their passing, the date, and city or county in which the event occurred. It will also help if you have the funeral home name. You will also be required to submit a government issued photo ID, as well as your signature. Death certificates may only be requested in Oklahoma, by mail or in person, they do not offer any online requests though they do have the form for applications available online.