Idaho Vital Records

Idaho Vital Records

The Office of Vital Records maintains all state level vital files within Idaho. These mainly include records about a person’s most important life events. The key life events in question can include births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. The documents relating to these key life events may include, but are not limited to divorce decrees, divorce certificates and other divorce records, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, marriage certificates. These records are all kept together in one registry to be used for statistical analysis.

Divorce Records

Divorce records are handed out by government officials after the event is registered. Idaho divorce records are split into two sections, before 1947 and after 1947. When someone files for a divorce/annulment in Idaho, the documents are stored with other state vital records in the central registry. The divorce documents may include divorce certificates, divorce decrees, and other divorce records. It depends on the particular state as to whether these documents can be viewed by the public. In 2014, there were 6,943 divorces in the state of Idaho. Divorce records cost $16 for a computer copy, and $21 for a physical copy.

Marriage Records

Marriage records, such as certificates, are also issued upon the registration of the event. They too are split into two sections, before 1947 and after 1947. Each county in Idaho started collecting marriage record upon the date it was organized. Most of these counties will also still have the original marriage applications. These were of vital importance when one of the couple was underage, as they would include parental consent signatures. In 2014, there were 13,699 marriages in the state of Idaho. Marriage records cost $16 for a computer copy, and $21 for a physical copy.

Birth Records

Birth records refer to the certificate issued upon a child’s birth, or a certified copy of said certificate. Birth records are split into two categories in the state of Idaho, before 1911 and after 1911. The very first records in the state were recorded by midwives in the 1870s, and were then sent to county clerks. Between the years of 1907 and 1911, counties were required to keep registers of births. Most county recordings were acquired and are stored on microfilm by the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Family History Library. There was a state-wide registration of births implemented in 1911, which was complied with by the early 1920s in the west, but much later in the eastern and northern parts of Idaho. In 2014, there were 22,888 births in the state of Idaho. Birth records cost $16 for a computer copy, and $21 for a physical copy.

Death Records

Death records usually refer to the copy of information from a person’s death certificate. Idaho also splits death records into two sections, before 1911 and after 1911. Counties were required to keep records between the years of 1907 and 1911. Most county recordings were acquired and are stored on microfilm by the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Family History Library. Deaths were recorded with less frequency than births, in general. A state-wide registration of deaths was implemented in 1911. However, these records are restricted until 50 years after the person’s death. Close family members may obtain copies before this 50-year mark. In 2014, there were 12,610 deaths in the state of Idaho. Death records cost $16 for a computer copy, and $21 for a physical copy.

Why are these records available to the public?

The Idaho Public Records Act was implemented in 1990, with the most recent amendment coming In 2007. This act aims to ensure all members of the public can access public records. Any Idaho state resident can access state and local government records, as well as copy them.

Access files at:

Bureau of Vital Records & Health Statistics
450 West State Street
Boise, ID  83702
(208) 334-5988
IVR@DHW.IDAHO.GOV

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