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Are Nevada Vital Records Open to the Public?
Vital records are public information in Nevada unless otherwise defined by law or court rule. These include marriage records, divorce records, birth records, death records, and a variety of other related documents. In accordance with the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS), vital records are available to anyone that provides sufficient information pertaining to the sought record. However, availability and eligibility vary depending on how far back the event occurred as well as the authority of the requester.
What Information Do I Need to Search for Nevada Vital Records Online?
The following general information may be required to search for records online:
- Name of the requestor
- The date the event occured
- The gender of the named party on the record (if applicable)
- The age of the named party on the record at the time the event took place (if applicable)
- The name of the city the event was recorded
- Personal information of the named party to the record
- The relationship of the requestor to the named party in the record (father, mother, son, daughter, husband, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent, legal guardian, etc)
- The reason for record request (personal use, insurance proceeds, authentication, death benefits, and other legal purposes)
- Father’s name and mother’s maiden name (for birth certificates only)
- Scope of search required (statewide or county limited)
- Proof of ID revealing that the requestor has a direct and tangible interest (compulsory for all birth and death related searches, verification, and certification).
Publicly available vital records may be available from some third-party aggregate sites. These websites are generally not being limited by geographical record availability and may serve as an adequate starting 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 these 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 provided it is not a juvenile.
What Do I Need to Obtain Nevada Vital Records?
Usually, no documentation is required to view and inspect uncertified copies of Nevada vital records, including marriage, divorce, birth, and death records. However, following a 2016 amendment, a proof of identification which serves as evidence that the requester has a direct and tangible interest must be provided before a certified copy of a vital record is released by the Registrar or applicable custodian. Persons legally accepted to obtain vital certificates include the person named on the record, immediate family members, authorized legal representatives, as well as persons permitted by a certified court order. The ID required to prove the requester’s relationship to the person(s) named on the record varies according to the record.
What’s the difference between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?
Certified copies of a vital record are official copies that have been signed by the custodian and strictly used for legal and authentication purposes while informational copies of a record are reserved for non-official, genealogical research, and medical research purposes. While both forms of vital record contain the same information, the certified copies are usually printed on a security paper as opposed to informational copies that are printed on plain paper and clearly marked “Informational”.
Are Nevada Marriage Records Public Information?
Marriage records are broadly considered public information in the state of Nevada. However, there are conditions where marriage records may be sealed or rendered confidential by the persons involved. On account of this, the records are exclusively restricted to legally authorized persons such as the couple themselves, immediate family members, legal representatives, members of the law enforcement agencies during an ongoing investigation, and persons with a certified court order.
How Do I Find Marriage Records In Nevada?
All marriage records in the state of Nevada are managed at the county level by the County Recorder’s Office. To adequately find these records, the requesting party must first provide relevant details pertaining to the sought record such as the names of the couple, the county where the marriage license was purchased, and the date of the marriage.
However, where these details are not known and the event occurred later than Jan. 1968, the requester may need to utilize the assistance of the statewide verification index managed by the State Office of Vital Records. Furthermore, after gathering the relevant information, interested parties may proceed to obtain these records via featured channels including online, by mail, in person, or by phone/fax (if applicable). Some County Recorder’s Offices and third party research services maintain document search portals where inquirers can search and order marriage records over the internet. However, online availability varies and as such, older records may not be found.
For in-person or mail-in requests, the requesting party may download and complete the “Marriage Record Form” available at the official county recorder’s website. After proper completion, the requesting party may then proceed to deliver the form accompanied by a government-issued photo ID and applicable fees to the appropriate county location. The fee schedule varies but estimated to be between $22 - $25 per marriage certificate.
Are Nevada Divorce Records Public Information?
Most divorce records in the state of Nevada are public information that can be requested by any member of the general public. However, the available information may exclude delicate details such as financial account information, financial agreements, as well as parts and portions of the record revealing the identity of minors, witnesses, and victims of domestic violence.
How Do I Find Divorce Records In Nevada?
Records pertaining to divorce, annulment, and dissolution of legal union are managed and disseminated at the county level by the clerk of the judicial district court. Querying parties may request to view, inspect, or collect copies of divorce decrees by physical visits, mail, or online via third party research services. To effectively commence a search, the querying party is required to provide basic facts such as:
- Names of the parties involved in the dissolution designated as Spouse 1 and Spouse 2
- The county where the divorce was filed
- The approximate date or year of the divorce
- The case file number
Where the sought case was further reviewed by the appellate court, the updated version of the record may also be available at the appellate court custodian’s office. Additionally, mail-in requestors should include a self-addressed stamped envelope, a valid photo ID, and appropriate fees. The copying fees vary and depend on the certification as well as the number of copies requested. Usually, physical visitors have the advantage of utilizing the self-help terminal available at the courthouse free of charge. The court location, clerk contact address, and mailing address may be found via the Nevada Judicial Directory.
Are Nevada Birth Records Public Information?
Birth records in the state of Nevada are generally considered confidential documents and thus not available to members of the public upon request. On this account, birth records are restricted to authorized persons (after proof of ID has been shown) including the registrants, first degree relations, legal representatives, and authorized governmental personnel. Generally, statewide birth records from July 1911 to present are maintained by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services through the Office of Vital Records. At the county level, birth records may also be obtained at the County Health District.
How Do I Find Nevada Birth Records?
In addition to online searches, Nevada birth records can also be found by physical visit or by mail. Before visiting or sending a mail to the state vital office, the requesting party must first gather relevant information about the record including:
- The name of the registrant
- The parent's full names (mother’s maiden name inclusive)
- The birth date of the registrant
- The place --county, city, town/village of birth
- A proof of identification proving requester’s relationship or tangible interest (always applicable, effective since July 2016)
Office of Vital Records
4150 Technology Way, Suite 104
Carson City, NV 89706
The fee schedule includes $10 per search/verification, $25 per each birth certification requested, and $45 per correction made. Requests for birth records through all channels must include a government-issued photo ID.
Are Nevada Death Records Public Information?
As stipulated by the NRS 440.070, death records in the state are confidential records and therefore not available to members of the public upon request. These records are limited to eligible applicants including the registrants, first degree relations, legal representatives, and authorized governmental personnel. Generally, statewide death records from July 1911 to present are maintained by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services through the Office of Vital Records. At the county level, death records may also be obtained at the County Health District.
How Do I Find Nevada Death Records?
In addition to third-party maintained online services, Nevada death records can also be found by physical visit or by mail. Before visiting or sending a mail to the state vital office, the requesting party must first gather relevant information about the record including:
- The full name of the deceased
- The date of death
- The place --county, city, town/village of death
- The social security number of the deceased
- The last name of the deceased prior to first marriage
- The first and last name of the parents of the deceased
- A proof of identification proving requester’s relationship or tangible interest (always applicable, effective since July, 2016)
Office of Vital Records
4150 Technology Way, Suite 104
Carson City, NV 89706
The fee schedule includes $10 per search/verification and $25 per each death certification issued. Requests for searching and copying death records must include a government-issued photo ID.
How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Nevada?
Birth and death records are statutorily deemed confidential in the state of Nevada and as such, only eligible persons can access and obtain copies of these records. However, unauthorized persons may petition the court for a court order establishing legal permission.