Indiana Vital Records
Indiana Vital Records
In Indiana, all state level vital records are maintained by the Office of Vital Records, including documents relating to resident’s key life events. These milestone moments can include births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. The records kept on these events can include, but is not limited to, divorce decrees, divorce certificates and other divorce records, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, marriage certificates. Files are all kept together within a central registry, to be used in the future for statistical analysis.
Government officials distribute divorce records in the state of Indiana, after the event has been registered. When someone files for a divorce or an annulment in the state of Indiana, records of the following event are then stored, along with other Indiana vital files, in a central registry. These records may consist of divorce certificates and divorce decrees, as well as other divorce-related files. It depends on the individual state as to whether the documents can be accessed/copied by members of the public.
Marriage records are also handed out by government officials in the state of Indiana, after the wedding has been registered with the state. Marriage records usually begin upon the organization of the individual counties, and can be found at the relevant county clerk’s office. The first law regulating marriages was passed in the North-West Territory in 1788. Before the late 1800s, marriage certificates would usually only include: the names of the bride/groom, date of marriage, date of license, county location, clerks’ name, and sometimes the names of the witnesses. More details were added in the late 19th century. Marriages after 1958 were registered with the Indiana State Department of Health, as well as the relevant county. In 2017, there was a marriage rate of 6.9 per 1,000 inhabitants in Indiana. Marriage records in Indiana cost $8 per copy.
Birth records refer to the certificates, or certified copies of these certificates, issued upon the birth of every single child in the state of Indiana. Birth records began in 1882 by law in Indiana, although some of the large counties began recording before this time. Many births between 1882 and 1900 were not recorded due to lack of compliance. Most ledgers containing birth records can be found in the relevant courthouse of government facility in the county of birth. A state-wide registration of births was introduced in 1907, with all counties required to register with the Indiana State Board of Health. This was widely complied with after 1920. In 2017, there were 82,251 births in Indiana. Birth records in Indiana cost $10 per copy.
Death records usually relate to the copy of information from a person’s death certificate. A few cities in Indiana began recording deaths in the 1870s. The first law requiring records was passed in 1882. By 1900, a state-wide registration was required. Compliance was gradual between 1900 and 1920. Records can be found by contacting the county health department where the death happened, or the Indiana State Board of Health. In 2017, there were 65,602 deaths in Indiana. Death records in Indiana cost $8 per copy.
Why are these records available to the public?
The Indiana Access to Public Record Act was passed in 1980, with the most recent amendments coming in 2003. This Act was introduced to ensure that all members of the public in Indiana had the right to access public records. All public records held by the local and state government can be accessed and copied by residents in Indiana.
To access records:
Indiana State Department of Health
P.O. Box 7125
Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125