Nevada Vital Records
Nevada Vital Records
The Office of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining all state-level vital records created, administered and maintained by the state of Nevada regarding a person’s most important life events. These records include such documents as birth certificates, marriage licenses and death certificates and are compiled and stored in permanent central registry state entities uses to develop statistical analysis of its population.
A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. The term "birth certificate" can refer to either the original document certifying the birth or to a certified copy or representation of the original document. The state of Nevada registered a statewide registration in 1911. So there are two categories in the birth records catalog prior to the statewide registration and post to the statewide registration. All records available now at the Nevada State Library and Archives are collected from the county health departments and clerks’ offices. The records post to the statewide registration are kept at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
A death record is most likely a copy of the information contained in a person’s death certificate. The state of Nevada manages death records in the following categories: early-1911 and 1911-present. All records in the early-1911 category were collected from Nevada State Library and Archives, which has acquired microfilmed copies of the original records from many counties from Nevada Church Records, Nevada Cemetery Records and Nevada Newspaper Records. The records in the second category are collected annually at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
A marriage/divorce record is issued by a government official only after civil registration of the marriage/divorce occurs. Statewide registration of marriages and divorces began in 1968; however, many Nevada counties began keeping records at a much earlier date. In order to obtain a marriage or a divorce records, the requester need to write to the county where the event took place. Nevada marriage records are open to the public. When consulting the originals one may find licenses in one county office and the certificate series in another location. The Family History Library has microfilmed many of the early county marriage registers. The NEvada State Library and Archives has marriage licenses for Washoe County for 1862 to 1872. Many of the early marriages for the state are indexed/ abstracted online at no cost at Nevada Family Search.
Why Vital Records are Available to the Public
In 1906, the Nevada State Legislature pass a law named the Nevada Open Records Act. This law was enabled with the last changes in 2003 and aims to ensure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public: http://www.leg.state.nv.us/nrs/nrs-239.html . Every person throughout the state can request access to access all public records through the assigned specialized offices within its determined terms.
What Vital Records Access Mean to You
The law is similar to the Nevada Open Meeting Law legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted. The Nevada Open Records Act first enacted any public record to be delivered but specifying the purpose of the request. Later through the years the law comes to release any public records of all government activities and people’s conduct at all levels of the state of Nevada.