Oregon Center for Health Statistics - Register Vital Records
Oregon law requires all deaths that occur in the state to be permanently recorded and registered. The first funeral home that takes custody of a deceased is required to file the death record. The Oregon Vital Records office, known as the Center for Health Statistics (CHS), manages all vital records in Oregon. They also publish a Death Newsletter for funeral directors to keep them up to date on developments in the department. You can find contact information for the CHS Registration Unit here.
Oregon Health Authority - Local Public Health Authority Directory
Public health services in Oregon are carried out through a collaborative system of federal, state and local agencies, private organizations, and communities. The Oregon Health Authority provides a directory of local public health authorities by county, which can assist funeral service practitioners in contacting a public health officer when needed.
Department of State Lands Estate Escheat Program
The Oregon Department of State Lands administers estates for those who die without a will and without known heirs – known as “intestate estates." Anyone with knowledge of the death of an individual without a will and known heirs is required by law to notify the Department of State Lands within 48 hours of that knowledge. For indigent decedents, funeral homes will need to contact the Department of State Lands as part of the indigent disposition process if no heirs have been identified.
Office - Executive Appointments to Boards & Commissions
Have you ever wondered
how people become Board Members for OMCB? Are you interested in becoming a
Board Member yourself? The Governor's office appoints all Board Members, and
they are then confirmed by the Senate. Information on the application process can
be found at the link above.
Financial Regulation - Endowment Care Cemeteries
A perpetual or endowed
care cemetery is one where the owners elect to have an irrevocable trust
fund to care, maintain, and enhance the cemetery. A percentage of the
gross sales price is deposited into the trust fund (ORS 97.820). The
division maintains a list of all perpetual or endowed care cemeteries in
Division of Financial Regulation - Preneed Search
This search shows all certified providers in Oregon who can sell prearranged funeral plans funded by trusts. In order to be licensed as a Preneed Salesperson with OMCB, you must be employed by a business that is registered as a certified provider.
of State - Corporation Division
facilities (with the exception of facilities owned by public agencies, e.g.
special district cemeteries) are required to have their name registered
with the Corporation Division
Oregon Parks and
Recreation Department - Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries
The Oregon Commission
on Historic Cemeteries maintains a list of historic cemeteries and gravesites
in Oregon to promote public education on the significance of historic
cemeteries and provide financial and technical assistance for restoring,
improving and maintaining their appearance. Cemeteries on this list may or may
not be operating, and must have at least one burial prior to 1909.
The State Medical
Examiner certifies the cause and manner of deaths requiring
investigation per ORS 146.