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An Introduction to Oregon Public Records - the Open Government Law

Oregon State strongly believes in the idea of accountability in government. That is why they have introduced the Open Government Law - a law that requires the release of Oregon public records. These records are compiled by government agencies across state and local counties.

The law requires that most data collected by government agencies be released to the public. The only exceptions to this are criminal cases where releasing the data may compromise the investigation, real estate transactions that may cause issues with negotiations, and any personal information that the government deems in violation of personal privacy.

The latter is fairly vague, so Oregon Public Records are filled with detailed, public information about Oregon residents and businesses, including data such as home addresses, background checks, marriage licenses and other reports that are deemed of public interest. You can also find information on estimated home values, relatives, sex offender status and more.

Oregon public records represent a vast database of information that may be useful or interesting for your own purposes. Whether you are looking for specific information or simply searching for yourself in order to see what data is available, Oregon public records contain a considerable amount of information that may be useful or interesting to you.

Oregon Birth Records

The Oregon Vital Records office, known as the Center for Health Statistics (CHS), is where you can get certified copies of Oregon birth records as well as other vital records in Oregon. Oregon law requires that all vital events such as births, marriages, divorces, and registered domestic partnerships, dissolution of registered domestic partnerships, fetal deaths and deaths be permanently recorded and registered. These are the 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. Oregon birth records have been filed with the state since 1903. Oregon has a one hundred year access restriction on birth records, meaning that a birth record is not open to the public until after one hundred years of the event.

Oregon Death Records

The State of Oregon keeps their vital statistics office as part of their Public Health department. It’s labeled under the Center of Health Statistics. Oregon death records date from 1903 to present. The State uses the information they gather to help influence public health policies and State planning. They do not consider all vital records public information, and the access to those death records is restricted to only family members, legal representatives, governmental agencies, any person licensed by the state, and if you can provide proof to either a personal or property right.

This is restrained to fifty years, if the date of the record you are attempting to acquire is older than fifty years it is then considered part of the public record.

However if you are not included in the group of people eligible to make the request, you are allowed to request permission from one of them, you will be required to furnish a note stating their permission to grant you access to the records with their signature notarized.

The Oregon State Archives becomes responsible for records that are over fifty years old. Oregon allows for ordering by fax, phone, internet, mail and in person.

Additional Oregon Resources

The links listed below lead to government agencies that provide free online access to public record information. 

For the MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE  describing all access methods, restrictions, fees, and search procedures on over 28,000 government and private agencies visit the Public Record Research System (PRRS-Web).  We provide the extensive details and in-depth data you will not find doing a Google search!


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