Oregon privacy laws require that only immediate family members of the deceased may obtain death records if the event occurred within the past fifty years. Otherwise members of the public may access Oregon death records that were recorded earlier than that. Recent records can be obtained through the Oregon Vital Records department (Center of Health Statistics). Certified copies of Oregon vital records are required to obtain a driver’s license, social security benefits and other legal issues. Some vital records have been kept by the state since the year 1903, including death records, and you can access them by submitting a request. Forms are available from the Vital Records department in Portland Oregon. Send a completed form, with a $20 search fee (additional copies are $15 each) to the following address:
Oregon Dept. of Health
Oregon Vital Records
P.O. Box 14050
Portland, Oregon 97293
Phone: (971) 673-1190
If you’re requesting a death record for a death that occurred less than fifty years ago, you’ll need to include identification that consists of a recent photo, your full name, phone number and current address. To ensure the accuracy of the death record report, you’ll also need to state the full name, place and date of death and the name of the spouse of the deceased. You may have to wait days or even weeks for the results of the search – and, the fee is non-refundable even if no record is retrieved.
The Internet also provides a faster and much easier alternative to look for death records. All you have to do is choose one of the many available search sites, submit the information connected with the deceased and pay a reasonable fee. Your payment information is encrypted, so there’s no chance of that data being accessed by others. Internet search sites have become extremely popular with legal professionals and others who need vital records for their work. Genealogists are among the many who keep monthly memberships to an Internet site so they can access it on a constant basis. Now, the public has the same privilege as professionals. For a one time basis, you can pay a reasonable fee and will likely have the information delivered to your email address within moments after making the request submission. The search engines and databases used by the private Internet sites are much more powerful than those used by the states and can glean much more accurate information than a state-based search would. They might also provide more data about the death, such as cause of death, previous address and more. You might receive information that you can use for a much more thorough search for genealogical data. Discover more about how an Internet search service can help you find Oregon death records by clicking on the link.