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Are Indiana Vital Records Open to the Public?

Most Indiana Vital Records can be accessed by the public. However, certified vital records can only be accessed by authorized persons with a direct, familial, or legal interest to the certificate or record. These include certified death, marriage, adoption, divorce, and adoption records


What Information Do I Need to Search for Indiana Vital Records Online?

To search for Indiana vital records online, individuals may be required to provide:

  • Proof of identification: this involves completing the biometric section of the form. Requestors must have a valid Driver’s License
  • Proof of relationship to the person(s) named on the certificate
  • Reason for requesting the certificate
  • Accurate Information of the persons named on the certificate such as full name, date of birth, city of birth and so on
  • The requesters delivery information


What Do I Need to Obtain Indiana Vital Records?

Birth and Death can be obtained at the Indiana State Department of Health or any local health department in the county where the event occured. Similarly, marriage and divorce records can be obtained at the county courthouses of the county where the marriage event took place. In addition, individuals may order Birth and/or Death certificates by mail, online, or by phone by submitting the relevant application form with valid identification, and proof of relationship to the named individual on the certificate, or record.


What’s the difference between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?

Certified Records are used for legal and identity purposes such as applying for a driver’s license, while informational/non-certified copies are intended to serve only as proof that the certified copy exists on file.

Are Indiana Marriage Records Public Information?

Yes. Marriage Records are public information in the State of Indiana. Publicly available vital records may be accessible from some third-party websites.*These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:

  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
  • The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name

*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels


How do I find marriage records in Indiana?

Members of the public can find and request certified copies at the Clerk of Court offices in the county where the marriage occurred, for a fee.

Requests of marriage records from 1907 - present may be made to the local health department in the county where the marriage was held or to the Indiana State Department of Health at:

Vital Records
Indiana State Department of Health
P.O. Box 7125
Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125

No marriage records can be requested online, however, individuals can conduct a free statewide search and view records from 1993 to present, and records from 1958 to present and before 1850 on the State’s Digital Library.

Are Indiana Divorce Records Public Information?

Divorce Records in Indiana are public information. Any member of the public can request, inspect, or view a divorce record. However, certified copies are only issued to persons with direct, legal, or tangible interest to the person(s) names stated on the certificate


How do I find Divorce Records in Indiana?

Certified copies of divorce records can be obtained at the courthouse of the county where the divorce was granted. The fee per request varies by location. Requesters will also need to provide related information, namely:

  • The full names of persons involved
  • The actual date of divorce
  • The ex-wife’s maiden name

Are Indiana Birth Records Public Information?

Not all Birth Records are public information. According to Indiana statutes, birth records whose timelines are below 75 years are not accessible to parties who have no direct interest in the certificate being requested. Only family members, present spouse(s), children, listed parents/guardians, legal representatives, or parties who can provide genuine proof of relationship and government-issued identification can access those records.


How Do I Find Indiana Birth Records?

To find Indiana Birth Records, requesters must present the following information about the individual whose record is being sought for and pay the relevant fees:

  • The Full name at birth
  • The Date of birth
  • The County/City of birth
  • The Full names of the parent(s)
  • The Mother’s maiden name
  • The reason why he/she is requesting the record
  • Papers of guardianship, if relevant
  • Photocopy of a valid government-issued ID, clearly showing the signature
  • Proof of relationship

If the applicant is requesting his/her own record but are less than 18 years of age, they will need a parent’s or guardian’s written signature, phone number, a photocopy of their government-issued ID, clearly showing their signature

Interested parties can locate birth records visiting the county’s health department where the birth occurred. Records can also be obtained via mail, by printing, completing, and submitting the Application for Search and Certified Copy of Birth Record along with the related fees and identification, payable by check or money order, to:

Vital Records
Indiana State Department of Health
P.O. Box 7125
Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125

Note: The Indiana State Department of Health only keeps birth records from the year 1907 to date.

Are Indiana Death Records Open to the Public?

Death Records in the State of Indiana can be viewed and accessed by members of the public.


How Do I Find Death Records in Indiana?

Interested individuals may find death Records in the health department of the county where the death occurred for deaths between the years 1900 - 1917. For deaths recorded in Indiana after the year 1917, interested parties can find them at the Indiana State Department of Health. Persons ordering online need to be in possession of the information such as:

  • The State in which the death occurred
  • The city where the death was recorded
  • The Date of Death
  • The Applicant’s purpose for ordering the certificate
  • Relationship to the deceased
  • The Applicant’s full legal name
  • Other information on the decedent’s certificate such as date of birth, gender, social security number, full name.

Alternatively, requesters may choose to send in mail requests with a completed Application for Search of Certified and Non-Certified Copy or Death Record, their valid identification and the applicable fees. It costs $8 for the first copy, $4 for additional copies. Payment can be made by money order or check. Furthermore, requesters may visit the health department of the county in Indiana where the death occurred to find and order a death certificate.

Indiana State Archives

State Archives

Contact: (317) 245-3439

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Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.


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