The North Dakota Department of Health manages all the states birth and death records for distribution and archives. All requests
must be made in writing. So the office can only take requests by mail, fax, online forms or in person. No telephone or email requests
are honored. Requests take approximately one week to process with limited availablity to expedited service. Search and first
certified copy is $7 dollars. Additional copies are $4 each. Fedex and UPS over night shipping costs vary based on location and
time. $16 dollars for weekday deliveries, $30 dollars for weekend and $50 dollars for international shipping.
Division of Vital Records
600 E. Boulevard Ave. - Dept. 301
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
Fax: (701) 328-1850
• Birth Certificate Form (PDF)
• Death Certificate Form (PDF)
Marriage certificates are only issued by the county that issued the marriage license. While divorce and annulment decrees
are only issued by the Court Clerk or Recorder from the court who heard the case.
• List of County Offices for Marriage Certificate
• List of Courts Serving Divorce Decrees
North Dakota allows for open adoptions and information sharing for all adoptions in the state. By law, all adoptees apon reaching
adult age (18) may view non-identifying information on birth family as well as medical history. While birth families may initiate a
search for the adoptee when that person reaches the age of 21. Although the state does not maintain an updated database on medical
history and is often only information that was inputed at the time of adoption. It's suggested that you use a private search agency
to find more recent records.
The fees for finding indentifying information vary depending on the search agency used but average around $425 dollars while
nonidentifyinig information is approximately $90. All searcher should start by contacting the Children and Family Services.
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept 325
Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone: (701) 328-2316
TollFree: (800) 245-3736
Fax: (701) 328-3538