The most important record in the life of a human being is the first record that he or she would ever encounter, and that record is his or her birth records. Aside from the fact that the name of the child is in the birth record as well as the name of the parents and the civil status not only of the child but also of the parents, birth records establishes the fact that someone was born, and therefore, that that someone exists. Oregon Birth Records, therefore, are important because they establish identity. Sure, any person could claim to be anyone but without proof that he or she is who he or she says he is, such claims would be taken with a grain of salt and not believed, and the best proof is always the birth record.
Birth records are generally considered to be public records, but they are vital records. This classification means that while people could claim birth records, there are strict limitations as to who exactly these people could be. Vital records could only be issued to relatives of the person so named in the record because these records could establish identity or the existence of something, thus, it is not inconceivable and impossible to imagine that in the hands of the wrong people, vital records, such as a birth record, could cause untold damages not only to the person named in those records but even to other innocent people.
In Oregon state, the primary state level agency that is tasked with keeping and maintaining birth records is the Oregon Health Authority, a branch of the executive branch of the Oregon state government. As part of their mandate, the Health Authority is also the only state level agency that is authorized to issue birth records, and the agency keeps records of birth, and other vital records, as far back as the year 1903. Records of birth occurring that date may be found at the local issuing authority of the county where the birth occurred or at the state archives.
To request for a birth record at the Oregon Health Authority, the searcher should first download the relevant form from the website of the Health Authority and to complete the same. Note that the form must be notarized because the request is for a certified copy of a birth record. Do not forget to include a copy of any government issued identification card with the signature of the searcher at the form. The next step would be to make a money order payable to the Health Authority to correspond to the required fee. The required fee is twenty dollars, plus fifteen dollars for every additional copy requested at the same time.
Another method of searching for birth records would be to search for the same online using online databases. There are a number of database that could be used in this regard, and because they are so wide spread, they are easy to locate. They are even easier to use, and able to provide their information, which is the same as the information in government offices, in a faster and more efficient manner. In addition, some of them do not charge anything for the use of their databases.
Birth Records Oregon
Follow the procedure given below when requesting for birth records at the state level
- Download the application form from the website of the Oregon Health Authority
- Fill up the application form as accurately as possible.
- Make a copy of any government issued identification card with your signature visible. Attach the same to the application form.
- Have the application form notarized.
- Make a money order to correspond to the required fee in accordance with the required fees.
- Send all the requirements to the Oregon Health Authority for processing once completed.
Oregon Birth Certificate
Additional information and other procedures may be obtained from the following links