Nevada Vital Records
Nevada Vital Records
In the state of Nevada, the Office of Vital Records maintains all state level vital records, which include files on people’s most important life milestones. These milestone events often include births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. The records relating to these milestone events may include, but are not limited to, divorce decrees, divorce certificates and other divorce records, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, marriage certificates. Files are kept in a central vital record registry, along with all other vital records, in order to be used for future statistical analysis.
Divorce records in Nevada are distributed by government officials after the event has been registered. When a divorce or an annulment is filed for in the state of Nevada, records of said event are stored along with other state vital files in the central registry. These records are often made up of divorce certificates and divorce decrees, as well as other divorce-related files. It depends on the state as to whether these files can be accessed or copied by the public. A state-wide registration of divorces was introduced in 1968, although many counties in the state were recording long before this date. If a person wants to acquire divorce records, they must write to the relevant county. There was a divorce rate of 4.5 per 1,000 inhabitants in Nevada in 2017.
Marriage records are also handed out by government officials after the wedding is registered in Nevada. A state-wide registration of marriages was introduced in 1968, although many counties in the state were recording long before this date. If a person wants to acquire marriage records, they must write to the relevant county. Marriage records are all open to the public in Nevada. However, some original licenses may be found in one particular county office, while the certificate series may be found in a completely different location. Many early marriage registers are microfilmed and can be found at the Family History Library. Many early records are also indexed online at the Nevada Family Search. There was a marriage rate of 28.6 per 1,000 inhabitants in Nevada in 2017.
Birth records often refer to the certificates issued upon the birth of each and every child across the state of Nevada, or a certified copy of this certificate. A state-wide registration of births was introduced in 1911. Birth records in Nevada are subsequently split into two main sections, before 1911 and after 1911. All records now available at the Nevada State Library and Archives are collected from clerks offices and county health departments. Records dating post-1911 can be found at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. There were 27,291 births in Nevada in 2017. Birth certificates in Nevada cost $20 for a copy.
Death records usually refer to the copy of information from a person’s death certificate after their passing. Death records are split into two main sections in Nevada, before 1911 and after 1911. The records before 1911 were collected from the Nevada State Library and Archives. They have also acquired microfilm copies of original county newspaper records, cemetery records, and church records. Records dating post-1911 are collected from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. There were 17,817 deaths in Nevada in 2017. Death certificates in Nevada cost $20 for a copy.
Why are these records available to the public?
The Nevada Open Records Act was introduced in 1906, with the latest amendments coming in 2003. It aimed to ensure that members of the public could access public records at will. All records held by the local and state government can be accessed and copied unless another law prohibits it.
To access records:
4150 Technology Way, Suite 104
Carson City, NV 89706
Direct Phone: (775) 684-4162