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Types of Birth Records in Oregon

There are two types of birth records in Oregon. For births before 2008, you may need to order the full image or "long form" birth certificate. See below for details.

Full Image Birth Records
(Long form)

When to order

Order a full image record for births before 2008 if...

  • You plan to use the birth certificate outside the United States;
  • You need to get an authentication document from the Oregon Secretary of State;
  • You are applying for citizenship in another country; or
  • When more detail is needed for genealogy.

Cost

$30 each
There are additional fees for orders placed in person, by phone, or online.

Vital Records Order Forms


Full image birth records are only available for births filed before 2008. Full image birth records are created by copying the original paper or microfilm birth record from the hospital or amended birth record.

For births filed before 2008, full image records include more data than computer issued records. Computer issued records do not include some data such as time of birth, name of hospital or birthing facility, mother’s address, parents’ dates of birth or ages and certifier signatures. (This data is not currently included in the database and cannot be issued electronically.)

Computer Issued Birth Records
(Short form)

When to order

Order a computer issued record for ALL births since 2008 

- OR -

For births before 2008 if...

  • You are using it for legal purposes in the United States such as:
    • Driver’s licenses; or
    • Passport applications (U.S. Passport agencies will accept the short form birth certificate UNLESS there are abbreviated footnotes about name changes that do not include the prior name or other date prior to the change.)

Cost

$25 each
There are additional fees for orders placed in person, by phone, or online.

Vital Records Order Forms


Since 2008, most birth records are filed and generated electronically. The birth certificates include all the data filed at the time of birth (time of birth, name of hospital or birthing facility, mother’s address, parents’ dates of birth or ages and certifier signatures).

A few states issue a public record of birth and a longer version for identity and other legal purposes. In those states, some DMV and Passport agencies may mistake Oregon’s short form birth record as a public record and reject it.

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