Vital records office

A Vital Records Office, sometimes called Bureau of Vital Statistics or Bureau of Vital Records, is a governmental institution responsible for filing, issuing, preserving, protecting, and amending copies of vital records, which include:

Depending on the jurisdiction, Vital Records Offices may also keep, and issue records of domestic partnerships or civil unions, as well as termination of domestic partnership.

Vital Records Offices operate at a state and county level. To obtain a copy of a vital record, you must apply to the Vital Records Office of the state or county where the event took place.

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