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Are Oklahoma Vital Records Open to the Public?
While records deemed ‘public’ are available to interested persons on request, the disclosure of some records are restricted in keeping with the provisions of state law. The accessibility of a record is primarily determined by the information contained therein, the eligibility of the requesting party and the type of record requested as well as the legal authority of the record.
What Information Do I Need to Search for Oklahoma Vital Records Online?
The data required to search for vital records generally include the personal information of the registrant, the place and date of the event as well as the full name of the registrant parents and relevant file/license numbers. The Oklahoma State Department of Health website features a variety of options with which interested and eligible persons can order vital records online. As part of the requirements for processing online vital record requests, requestors are required to provide pertinent record-related information with which the record search will be facilitated.
Publicly available records are also managed and disseminated by some third-party aggregate sites. These sites are generally not being limited by geographical record availability and may serve as a reliable jump-off point when researching specific or multiple records. However, third-party sites are not government-sponsored. As such, record availability may differ from official channels. To find a record using the search engines on third party sites, the requesting party will be required to provide:
- The location of the record in question including city, county, or state where the case was filed.
- The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
What Do I Need to Obtain Oklahoma Vital Records?
Requests for certified copies often require that the requestor confirm their eligibility to access the record. Typically, the requesting party will need to present a government-issued ID to prove their identity as well as supporting documents such as a birth certificate to prove the relationship between the requestor and the registrant. In cases where the requesting party is ineligible, a court order may also be required prior to processing the request. However, where informational copies are requested, no additional documents are required, unless specifically requested by the record custodian.
What’s the Difference Between A Certified Record And Informational Copy?
Certified records and informational copies can be distinguished based on legal authority and function. While certified records are official documents that can be used to establish identity and perform a variety of legal functions, informational copies are unofficial and may not be used for purposes other than genealogical research or personal inventory.
Additionally, certified records are issued to eligible persons and often feature an embossed, raised seal demonstrating authority. On the other hand, informational copies sometimes feature a disclaimer indicating its limited function and these copies are often made available to the general public upon request.
Are Oklahoma Marriage Records Public Information?
Oklahoma marriage records are public information and can be made available to interested persons upon request. However, in the dissemination of certified records, the record custodian may opt to restrict disclosure to persons to meet specific eligibility requirements. These requirements may be determined by the information contained in the record or the date and place in which the marriage was licensed.
How Do I Find Marriage Records In Oklahoma?
Oklahoma marriage records are primarily managed and disseminated by the county court clerk of the state’s various counties. Thus, interested persons may request marriage records by querying the office of the court clerk in the county where the marriage was licensed. All information pertaining to the state's county court’s, court clerks and contact information can be obtained using the OSCN Court Map.
Upon confirming the location and contact information of the appropriate record custodian, marriage record requests can be made by sending a written request to the office. These requests must detail information required to facilitate record searches including:
- The full names of both spouses (including any maiden names)
- The place and date marriage license was issued
- The relationship between the requestor and the registrant(s)
- The requestors full name, contact information, and mailing address
In addition to providing the above information, requestors may also be required to cover the costs of copies and certification, as well as provide a copy of their government-issued ID for identity confirmation.
Are Oklahoma Divorce Records Public Information?
Records of divorces granted in Oklahoma are public information in the state. While interested persons may access divorce information upon request, the records available to the public often exclude sensitive information such as the financial inventory of one or both parties, details of any claims or settlement amounts and other related information.
How Do I Find Divorce Records In Oklahoma?
Oklahoma divorce records can be obtained by querying the office of the court clerk in the county where the divorce was granted. To request these records, interested persons are required to send a written request detailing all the information required to facilitate the record search. The information required includes the full name of the divorcees, the place and date of the divorce and the case file number of the record. All information pertaining to Oklahoma county courts as well as their respective contact information can be obtained using the OSCN Court System Map.
Are Oklahoma Birth Records Public Information?
All Oklahoma birth records are closed until at least 125 years after the birth occurred. Within this time span, birth records are strictly available to:
- The subject of the record
- The parent of the subject (if named on the record)
- The attorney of either of the aforementioned parties
- Persons with the legal authority to access the record
After 125 years elapses, these records become public information and may be made available to members of the public as well as genealogists.
How Do I Find Oklahoma Birth Records?
Requests for Oklahoma birth records are processed by the Center for Health Statistics operated by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. To obtain a record, interested and eligible persons are required to download and complete the OK Birth Certificate Request Form or prepare a written request detailing the full name of the registrant, the registrants, birth date and place, parents full name and the requestors personal information.
All requests must be accompanied by a cheque or money order payment of $15 (per record requested) as well as anyone of the acceptable ID forms allowed. Requests can be made in person during official working hours or via mail to:
Vital Records Unit
Oklahoma State Department of Health
PO Box 53551
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-3551
Are Oklahoma Death Records Open To The Public?
According to the provisions of Oklahoma state law, death records are closed to the public until 50 years after the event occured. Persons eligible to access these records within the 50 years include the deceased’s immediate family, legal representatives, and court-authorized parties. However, following the 50 years, Oklahoma death records become open and available to the public.
How Do I Find Death Records In Oklahoma?
Oklahoma death records can be obtained by querying the state office of vital statistics. To request these records, interested persons may download and complete the Death Certificate Request Form. The completed application must be accompanied by the indicated fees and ID requirements and sent to:
Vital Records Unit
Oklahoma State Department of Health
PO Box 53551
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-355
How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Oklahoma
Sealed vital records in Oklahoma may be accessed if the requestor meets the state’s eligibility requirements for challenging a document’s restrictions. The restrictions of a record can be waived if the requesting party sufficiently proves a direct and tangible interest in the record. Interested and eligible persons may petition an Oklahoma-licensed judge to obtain a subpoena or court order. After receiving the order, the requestor may submit the legal authority along with the application for the record of interest.