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What are Oklahoma Vital Records?

The Oklahoma State Department of Health manages vital records in Oklahoma. The Division of Vital Records is responsible for issuing certified copies of birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce records.

The Division of Vital Records began collecting birth and death records in 1908. There are no timely filed birth records before October 1908 and a limited number of "delayed" birth records filed before 1908. There are no filed records for deaths occurring before 1908.

 

How Can I Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma birth records

Oklahoma birth certificates are not open to the public. The general public can access only birth records that are 125 years old. No proof of eligibility is required to order a birth certificate that is more than 125 years old. However, you will need to present a completed application form, photo ID, and fees.

For a certified copy of a birth certificate in Oklahoma, only the following individuals are authorized to receive a copy of the record:

  • The person named on the certificate.
  • A parent of the person named on the certificate.
  • A grandparent of the person named on the certificate.
  • A legal guardian of the person named on the certificate.
  • An attorney representing the person named on the certificate.
  • An individual with a court order.
  • Genealogical researchers can also request a birth certificate that is more than 125 years old.

You can check the Oklahoma Division of Vital Records of birth certificate eligibility to learn about the requirements for ordering birth certificates.

A certified copy of a birth certificate in Oklahoma is $20 for the first copy and $15 for every additional copy of the same record. These rates apply only to Oklahoma residents. Online rates will vary depending on the vendor. Expedited orders will incur additional fees.

Oklahoma birth certificates can be ordered online, by mail, or in person. Online orders will take longer to process than orders placed in person or by mail.

To order a birth certificate online, visit VitalChek. For birth certificates, VitalChek charges $27.95 - 48.95, not including the cost of shipping. VitalChek accepts all major credit cards, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. You can call VitalChek at 877-817-7364.

To order a birth certificate by mail, you will need to complete an application form and send it with a check or money order payable to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, along with the required photo ID. A birth certificate fee is $20 for the first copy and $15 for every additional copy of the same record. You can send your order to the following address:

Vital Records Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
PO Box 248964
Oklahoma City, OK 73124-8964

Important: Failure to include all necessary information or proper payment will result in delays. Be sure to make copies of everything you send in for your records.

The Oklahoma Division of Vital Records is not accepting walk-in requests.

For more information, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health Division of Vital Records website or call 405-271-4040. You can also email them at AskVR@health.ok.gov.

 

How Can I Get a Copy of a Death Certificate in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma death records

Oklahoma death certificates are not open to the public. The general public can access only death certificates that are 50 years old. No proof of eligibility is required to order a death certificate that is more than 50 years old.

For a certified copy of a death certificate in Oklahoma, only the following individuals are authorized to receive a copy of the record:

  • The surviving spouse, parent, child, grandparent, sibling, or legal guardian of the decedent.
  • An attorney representing the surviving spouse, parent, child, grandparent, sibling, or legal guardian of the decedent.
  • An individual with a court order.
  • An individual who can establish a familial relationship with the decedent.
  • A person listed in the will of the decedent.
  • The funeral director licensed in Oklahoma who is making arrangements for the decedent's burial.
  • Genealogical researchers can also request a death certificate that is more than 50 years old.

You can check the Oklahoma Division of Vital Records of death certificate eligibility to know the requirements for ordering death certificates.

A certified copy of a death certificate in Oklahoma is $15 for the first copy and $15 for every additional copy of the same record. These rates apply only to Oklahoma residents. Online rates will vary depending on the vendor. Expedited orders will incur additional fees.

Oklahoma death certificates can be ordered online, by mail, or in person. Online orders will take longer to process than orders placed in person or by mail.

To order a death certificate online, visit VitalChek. For death certificates, VitalChek charges $27.95, not including the cost of shipping. VitalChek accepts all major credit cards, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. You can call VitalChek at 877-817-7364.

To order a death certificate by mail, you will need to complete an application form and send it with a check or money order payable to the Oklahoma State Department of Health with the required photo ID. Fees for a death certificate are $15 for the first copy and $15 for every additional copy of the same record. You can send your order to the following address:

Vital Records Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
PO Box 248964
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Important: Failure to include all necessary information or proper payment will result in delays. Be sure to make copies of everything you send in for your records.

For more information, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health Division of Vital Records websiteor call 405-271-4040. You can also email them at AskVR@health.ok.gov.

 

How Can I Get a Copy of a Marriage Certificate in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma marriage records

Marriage records are not available in the Oklahoma Division of Vital Records. To obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificate, you must contact the county court clerk where the marriage license was issued.

Oklahoma marriage records are public records and available to anyone who requests them. Requesting parties must provide identifying information such as:

  • The full name of both parties.
  • The date of marriage.
  • The county in which the marriage license was issued.

You can access the Oklahoma State Courts Network to find the county and the county clerk's contact information where the marriage license was issued.

The cost for a certified copy of a marriage certificate in Oklahoma varies from one county to another. You can also search online using the Case Search of the OSCN. Most Oklahoma marriage records can be viewed online, and older records are downloadable.

Important: A marriage certificate will only exist if the marriage license is recorded and received by the County Court Clerk.

 

How Can I Get a Copy of a Divorce Record in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma divorce records

Divorce records are not available with the Oklahoma Division of Vital Records. To obtain a certified copy of your divorce certificate, you must contact the county court clerk where the divorce decree was issued.

Oklahoma divorce records are public records and available to anyone who requests them except for sealed divorce records. However, the public cannot receive certified copies of divorce records in Oklahoma. Only the following individuals can obtain certified copies of Oklahoma divorce records:

  • The divorced parties named in the record.
  • An authorized legal representative of the parties.
  • The adult children of the parties on the records.
  • The parents or legal guardians of the parties.

An Oklahoma divorce decree is maintained by the Country Court Clerk in the county where the divorce was finalized.

Copies are sent to attorneys of the divorce parties once the final judgment is issued. Each party receives a copy of the divorce decree at the time of the divorce.

To obtain a certified copy of a divorce decree in Oklahoma, you can submit a request to the County Court Clerk's office in the county where the divorce was finalized. Only the following individuals can request and receive certified copies of Oklahoma divorce decrees:

  • The individuals named on the record.
  • The divorced parties' immediate family.
  • The divorced parties' legal representatives.

Make sure to bring or send the appropriate fees and identification when requesting copies of Oklahoma divorce records as well provide the following information:

  • The full name of both parties (including the maiden names if applicable).
  • The date of the divorce.
  • The county where the divorce was finalized.

The cost for a certified copy of a divorce decree in Oklahoma varies from one county to another. You can also search online using the Case Search of the OSCN.

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