Oregon Birth Records Search

Oregon’s Center for Health Statistics (CHS) is the government agency for recording, maintaining and issuing OR birth records for the state. The state has been keeping Oregon Public birth record since 1903.

Access to Oregon birth records is restricted until they reach the age of 100 years. Only the following people can get a copy of your Oregon birth record: you, if you are 15 years or older, your parents, your spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, your legal guardian, your lawyer or a government agency.

If you are ordering Oregon birth records search for someone other than yourself, you will need to prove the relationship between yourself and the party listed on the record.

You will also need to provide proof of ID if you are the subject of the record using one of the following forms of photo ID:

  • Oregon driver’s license.
  • Passport.
  • Tribal ID.
  • Military ID.
  • School ID.
  • Government-issued ID.

If you cannot produce one of the above, you can supply two secondary forms of ID like a utility bill, tax return, or other things like auto insurance.

Types of OR Birth Records

The state offers a couple of different types of certified birth certificates to purchase.

  • Certified Copy - a certified copy is a legal document that verifies your identity, and you can use it in all government or state-related purposes such as getting a driver’s license, passport or applying to the military, school or for permits.
  • Full Image Copy - a full image copy is a legal copy of your birth certificate with your image on it. These are available for the years of 1903-2007 only. This type is a valid, legal document proving your identity.

State Population

It is the 27th largest state regarding population with 4.1 million people calling it home. Portland with 632,309 people is the most populated city and most well known in the country.

Ranking 22nd in the country, the state has a growth rate of 0.89%. It is the 9th largest state in America with a surface area of 98,380.64 square miles. It has only 39.9 people per square mile making it the 39th most densely populated state in the U.S.

It became a state in February of 1859.

State Population
1 birth every 693 seconds

1 death every 1040 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Oregon. The total population of Oregon is estimated at 4,085,989 people with 2,024,253 male and 2,061,736 female. There are 37,483 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.46% of the total population.

The Oregon Gender Ratio is 98 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.98. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Oregon Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 11.05 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 45,535 total births — the lowest in Oregon history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 45,535, 1.15% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Oregon

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Oregon Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Oregon
Massachusetts - 9.74South Dakota - 14.32
New Jersey - 10.92Iowa - 13.18
West Virginia - 11.03Louisiana - 13.78
Florida - 10.28Mississippi - 12.59
Connecticut - 9.29Missouri - 12.47

Top 5 Counties in Oregon with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Oregon with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Oregon with the highest birth rate
Lane County - 9.62Marion County - 13.50
Deschutes County - 9.96Linn County - 12.38
Douglas County - 10.02Washington County - 11.98
Clackamas County - 10.29Multnomah County - 11.35
Jackson County - 10.59Jackson County - 10.59

Fertility Rate in OR

In Oregon the fertility rate based on historical data went from 61.46 to 59.06 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 57.03 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.67 to 28.77.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Oregon are Marion County - 69.67, Linn County - 67.39 and Douglas County - 64.53. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Jackson County60.21
Washington County56.98
Clackamas County56.33
Deschutes County55.94
Multnomah County49.53
Lane County48.01

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain an Oregon Birth Certificate

You can request Oregon birth records search online, as well as by mail or phone. The state charges a $25 non-refundable fee for each birth certificate. You can pay an additional $5 for a full-image version. It also offers expedited services through the mail and online, but you will pay extra.

You must pay your fee with a check or money order only, made out to OHA/Vital Records.

If ordering by mail your processing time will be 3-5 weeks and you can mail your paperwork to: Oregon Vital Records, PO Box 14050, Portland OR 97293, Rush orders will take 3-5 business days.

Oregon Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $25.00 Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $20.00 each. Photostatic, full image certificates for birth from 1903 through 2007 are available for $30.00 each. Personal check or money order should be made payable to
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Remarks: State vital records office has birth records starting from 1903. Oregon State Archives has birth records for the City of Portland from 1864 to 1902 and statewide delayed birth records from 1845 to 1902. Address: Oregon Vital Records P.O. Box 14050 Portland, OR 97293-0050 Address: Oregon State Archives 800 Summer Street, NE Salem, OR 97310 ?.