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Are Vermont Vital Records Open to the Public?

In the state of Vermont, vital records are considered public records. The record type determines the availability of a vital record and how far back the event occurred. Generally, vital records include, but are not limited to, marriage records, divorce records, birth records, and death records.

 

What Information Do I Need to Search for Vermont Vital Records Online?

Interested persons can access some vital records online through the state-managed portals. Requesters will be required to provide some critical information needed to locate the record. They include:

  • The name of the parties involved in the vital event (surname is compulsory)
  • The date, month, and year the event occurred
  • The place the event occurred
  • Proof of identification (if certified copies are required).

How Do I Obtain Vital Records in Vermont?

Certified vital records are only available to persons with a substantial and direct interest. These include the named parties on the record, their first-degree relations, designated attorneys, and persons with a certified court order. These eligible persons are required to provide a relevant document as evidence. Acceptable documents include a driver’s license, U.S identity card, and passport.

Publicly available vital records are also managed and disseminated by some third-party aggregate sites. These sites are generally not limited by geographical record availability and may serve as a reliable jump-off point when researching specific or multiple records. However, third-party sites are not government-sponsored. As such, record availability may differ from official channels. To find a record using the search engines on third party sites, the requesting party will be required to provide:

  • The location of the record in question, including the city, county, or state where the case was filed.
  • The name of someone involved providing it is not a juvenile.

 

What’s the Difference Between a Certified Record and a Non-Certified Copy?

Certified copies function as the official documents used to establish identity, while non-certified copies are non-official documents that cannot be used. On account of this, certified copies are only available to authorized individuals. Non-certified copies are reserved for informational purposes only and are usually printed on plain white paper.

Are Vermont Marriage Records Public Information?

Yes. Marriage records in Vermont are public information. However, following state statutes, certified copies are restricted to entitled individuals such as the couple and their immediate relatives. From 2014 to the present, marriage records are maintained at the state level by the Vermont Department of Health. Older records are managed by the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.

How Do I Obtain Marriage Records in Vermont?

Interested and eligible persons can obtain public marriage records in person or by mail. Requesters must visit the Department of Health with the necessary information, including the involved parties’ names, the date, and the place of marriage. Interested parties can also request records by mail by sending a completed marriage record application form to:

Vital Records Office
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402

Usually, the office charges $10 per certificate. Cash payment is accepted in person. However, applicants must attach a money order or check made payable to the Vermont Department of Health for mail-in applications.

Are Vermont Divorce Records Public Information?

Yes. Divorce records in Vermont are generally public information that any member can request. However, the available information may exclude delicate details such as financial account information, financial agreements, as well as parts and portions of the record revealing the identity of minors, witnesses, and victims of domestic violence.

How Do I Obtain Divorce Records in Vermont?

Divorces completed from 2014 to date are available at the Vermont Department of Health, while records registered before this date are available at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. Applicants can also obtain divorce records in person or by mail. In-person requesters are required to visit the appropriate office with the necessary information, such as the names of the parties involved, the date of marriage, and the place of marriage. By mail, interested parties can send the completed divorce application form to:

Vital Records Office
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402

Are Vermont Birth Records Public Information?

Yes. Vermont birth records are considered public documents and are therefore available to members of the public upon request. However, sensitive information in a record may be restricted to authorized persons, including the registrants, first-degree relations, legal representatives, and authorized governmental personnel. Records of birth registered from 1909 to date are available at the State Department of Health.

How Do I Obtain Vermont Birth Records?

Interested persons can order birth certificate replacements or copies in person or by mail by providing the basic facts of the record such as the name at birth, the current age, place of birth, and mother’s maiden name. The requesting party is required to submit a completed birth application form in person or by mail to the office located at:

Vital Records Office
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402

Are Vermont Death Records Public Information?

Yes. Vermont death records are generally presumed public documents and are therefore available to the public upon request. However, certified copies are restricted to authorized persons, including the registrants and first-degree relations.

How Do I Obtain Vermont Death Records?

In addition to online searches, public death records can also be found in person or by mail by providing the basic facts of the record such as the name of the deceased and date of death. The person requesting a death record search by name must submit a completed death application form in person or by mail to the appropriate office location. Each death certificate search costs $10. The mailing address is:

Vital Records Office
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402

How Do I Obtain Sealed Vital Records in Vermont?

Vital records in Vermont may be sealed by the owner(s) of the record. To unseal these records, the requesting party must first petition the court for a certified court order. If satisfactory, the sitting judge may then issue a court order permitting the petitioner to obtain the interest record.

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Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

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