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Are North Dakota Vital Records Open to the Public?
Not all Vital Records in North Dakota are not open to the public. Certified copies of restricted North Dakota Vital Records can be requested and received by specific persons, such as the individual named on the record, a legal guardian of the person named on the record and immediate family relatives of the individual named on the record. Restricted North Dakota Vital Records can also be obtained by other individuals, but these persons must present
- A court order requiring the Department of Health issue a certified copy of a record
- Legal documentation listing the individual as an authorized representative of the person named on the record
- A notarized authorization form granting permission, and signed by the individual on the record or an immediate family member.
What Information do I need to search for North Dakota Vital Records Online?
To search for North Dakota Vital Records Online, interested parties will need to provide relevant information about the record. The information may include
- The name of the person named on the record
- Date of the event on the record
- Location of the event on the record
- Father’s full name
- Mother’s full maiden name
The person searching for the record may also be required to indicate their relationship to the person named on the record and why the record is required.
The North Dakota Department of Health operates a web-portal when online searches for North Dakota Vital Records can be conducted. Publicly available vital records are also accessible from some third-party websites.* These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:
- The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
- The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name
*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels.
How do I obtain Certified North Dakota Vital Records?
To obtain certified vital records, applicants must submit a request to the North Dakota Department of Health. Enough information about the record must be provided in the request to facilitate the search. Obtaining certified copies of North Dakota Vital Records may require paying a fee and providing an acceptable form of identification to prove eligibility.
What is the difference between a Certified Copy & an Informational Copy?
A certified copy of a North Dakota Vital Record is a copy of the complete record, containing facts about the event, information about the event and the social security number of the individual on the record. This is a valid document that can be used for legal purposes and is only issued to eligible persons or persons with a court order. An informational copy (where issued) is issued for requests by members of the general public and only contains demographic information about the decedent.
Are North Dakota Marriage Records Public Information?
Marriage Records in North Dakota are public records and considered to be public information. As such, any person who can provide adequate information for a record search can request a Marriage Record in North Dakota.
How do I find North Dakota Marriage Records?
The Department of Health stores records of marriages in North Dakota. Interested parties can also apply to the county where the marriage license was issued. There are applicable costs for receiving a certified copy of a Marriage Record and this will be determined by the relevant county official.
Are North Dakota Divorce Records Public Information?
Divorce Records in North Dakota are considered public information and can be requested by anyone who can provide enough information about the record for the search. Other conditions will need to be met, before receiving a copy of the North Dakota Divorce Record
How do I find North Dakota Divorce Records?
An application for a North Dakota Divorce Record must be made at the county where the divorce decree was granted, and the license issued. If assistance is needed to determine which county the divorce decree was granted, contact the Department of Health office on (701) 328-2360 or email the required information.
Are North Dakota Birth Records Public Information?
Birth Records in North Dakota are not regarded as public information. A certified copy of a North Dakota Birth Record can be obtained by:
- The individual named on the record (must be at least 16 years old)
- Parents of the individual named on the record
Persons other than the above who request for North Dakota Birth Records must include in the request
- A court order requiring the DoH issued a certified copy of the Birth Record
- Legal documentation which identifies the person as an authorized representative of the person named on the record
- A notarized authorization form signed by one of the three eligible individuals, granting permission.
Birth Records for deceased persons in North Dakota can be requested by immediate family relatives of the deceased person or an authorized representative and a certified copy of a death record must be submitted, if the death occurred outside of North Dakota. Immediate family relatives are parents, grandparents, adult children and grandchildren of the deceased.
How do I find North Dakota Birth Records?
North Dakota Birth Records are stored by the Division of Vital Records of the Department of Health. The state office retains records starting from 1870, though Birth Records between 1870-1920 are incomplete. To receive a certified copy of the Birth Record in North Dakota, a request must be submitted to the Division of Vital Records. The request can be submitted online, by mail or in-person. Certified copies of North Dakota Birth Records cost $15.
To submit a request by mail, complete the Birth Request application form. Include a check or money order for the fee (made out to the North Dakota Department of Health) and an acceptable form of identification and mail to the:
Division of Vital Records
Department of Health
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
To submit a request in person, a visit should be placed to the Division of Vital Records in Room 118 of the Judicial Wing (J-Wing) of the State Capitol building in Bismarck. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Mondays- Fridays (except state holidays). Applicants must provide an acceptable form of identification and pay the complete fee before the office will begin processing the request.
Are North Dakota Death Records Open to the Public?
North Dakota Death Records are open to the public, but the type of Death Record obtainable when a request is received by the Division of Vital Records differs. A certified copy of a complete North Dakota Death Record can be obtained by
- A relative of the deceased. A relative is defined as the person's current or surviving spouse, a parent or legal guardian, a child, a grandparent, or a grandchild.
- An authorized representative of the deceased
- A funeral director reporting the facts of the
- An order by a Court of competent jurisdiction.
A certified copy of a North Dakota Death Record that includes the facts of death, but no cause of death information, can be obtained by
- Any person eligible to obtain a complete record
- A licensed attorney who requires the copy for bonafide legal determination.
A certified informational copy can be obtained by members of the general public.
How do I find North Dakota Death Records?
Death Records in North Dakota are stored by the Department of Health Division of Vital Records. The state office has records of Deaths from 1893, though records between 1894 and 1920 are incomplete. To obtain a North Dakota Death Record, a request should be made with the Division of Vital Records. Requests can be made online, by mail or in-person. Certified copies of North Dakota Death Records $15 each, while additional copies ordered at the same time cost $10. For mail request, complete the Death Request application form and mail to the:
Division of Vital Records
Department of Health
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
Included with the application form should be a check or money order for the complete fee (payable to the Department of Health) and a copy of a form of acceptable identification.
For in-person requests, visit the Division of Vital Records in Room 118 of the Judicial Wing (J-Wing) of the State Capitol building in Bismarck. Walk-in customer hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Mondays- Fridays (except state holidays). When making the application, the applicant will be required to provide acceptable identification and pay the complete fee before the processing of the request will commence.
How do I find Sealed Records in North Dakota?
North Dakota Vital Records are not typically sealed when stored with the Division of Vital Records. While some North Dakota Vital Records are restricted, others can be obtained by any member of the public who can provide adequate information for a record search (and meet other requirements). If a North Dakota Vital Record is found to be sealed, upon request, the person requesting the record will need to contact the court which ordered the record sealed.