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Are Nebraska Vital Records Open to the Public?

Vital Records in Nebraska are only available to the person named on the record, members of the immediate family of the person named on the record and an authorized legal representative of an eligible person. In compliance with Nebraska's public record laws, any person requesting a Nebraska Vital Record will need to be eligible and provide an acceptable form of identification before receiving the record.

 

What Information do I need to search for Nebraska Vital Records Online?

When searching for records, interested parties may be required to include the following information

  • Full name on the record
  • Date of the event
  • Location of the event
  • Father’s name (if applicable)
  • Mother’s maiden name (if applicable)
  • Reason for request
  • Relationship to the person on the record

The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) maintains records of all Nebraska Vital Records and has copies of records dating back to 1904. Publicly available vital records are also accessible from some third-party websites.* These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:

  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
  • The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name

*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels.

 

What do I need to Obtain Nebraska Vital Records?

To obtain Vital Records in Nebraska, the requestor will need to provide adequate and relevant information about the person and event on the record. As Vital Records are closed records, the requestor will need to show eligibility to receive the record and provide an acceptable form of identification. The requestor will need to fill out an application form and pay all required fees, as well. The request must be submitted to the Office of Vital Records of the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services.

 

What is the difference between a Certified Copy and an Informational Copy?

A Certified Copy of a Vital Record is issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to qualified applicants, Certified copies are viewed as official documents and provided on multi-colored security paper with an official government seal. Informational copies are notifications that are not considered official documents.

Are Nebraska Marriage Records Public Information?

Records for marriages that were performed in the state of Nebraska are typically only available to a specific set of people, who must show evidence of eligibility to receive the record. Nebraska Marriage Records are available to

  • A spouse named on the record
  • Children of couple named on the record
  • Authorized legal representatives.

 

How do I find Nebraska Marriage Records?

Nebraska Marriage Records are maintained by the Department of Health & Human Services and a request must be submitted to the DHHS to receive Marriage Records. Requests for records can be made by mail or in-person. The DHHS retains files on marriages from 1909. If the required record pre-dates this, a written request should be sent to the Clerk’s Office in the county where the marriage occurred. Record requests cost $16 for a copy of the retrieved record.

For mail requests, complete the Application For Certified Copy Of Marriage Certificate form and mail to

Vital Records Office
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065

Include the complete payment for the record (check or money order payable to Vital Records Office), a copy of a valid photo ID and a stamped, self-addressed business-sized envelope. Regular mail services take a minimum of 15 days for in-office processing.

For requests in person, complete the Application For Certified Copy Of Marriage Certificate form and bring along with the complete payment (cash, check or money order) and an acceptable form of identification to

Office of Vital Records,
Department of Health & Human Services
Suite 130
1033 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-3621

Are Nebraska Divorce Records Public Information?

Records for Divorces that were granted in the state of Nebraska are typically available to a defined set of people, including:

  • Either of the persons named on the record, i.e. Husband or Wife.
  • Children of the couple named on the record
  • An authorized legal representative.

 

How do I find Nebraska Divorce Records?

Divorce Records in Nebraska are maintained by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and a request for a Divorce Record must be submitted to the Vital Records Office of the DHHS. Requests can be submitted by mail or in-person. The DHHS has records of divorces dating back to January of 1909. For divorces that occurred prior to this, a written request should be sent to the Clerk of the District Court where the divorce was granted. Copies of Divorce Records cost $16 each.

To submit a mail order complete the Application For Certified Copy Of Divorce Certificate form, include a check or money order for the complete payment, a copy of a valid photo ID, a stamped self-addressed business-size envelope and send to

Vital Records Office
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065

To submit an order in-person complete the Application For Certified Copy Of Divorce Certificate form and take it, along with a valid form of identification and the complete payment, to

Office of Vital Records
Department of Health & Human Services
Suite 130
1033 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-3621

Are Nebraska Birth Records Public Information?

Certified records of births that occurred in the state of Nebraska are customarily available only to a specified set of people. Anyone who requests a Birth Record in Nebraska will be required to show fitness to receive the requested record. Nebraska Birth Records are available to

  • The person named on the record
  • A spouse of the person named on the record
  • Parents of the person named on the record
  • An adult child of the person named on the record.
  • An authorized legal representative

 

How do I find Nebraska Birth Records?

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) maintains all records of births that occurred in the state of Nebraska from 1904, through its Vital Records Office. For records of births that occurred prior to 1904, a written request must be sent to the DHHS. to obtain a copy of a record, a request must be submitted to the Vital Records Office. Requests can be submitted online, by mail or in-person. Copies of Nebraska Birth Records cost $17 each.

To submit a mail order, interested parties must complete the Application For Certified Copy Of Birth Certificate form and mail to:

Vital Records Office
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065

To submit an order in-person, requesters must complete the Application For Certified Copy Of Birth Certificate form and bring to:

Office of Vital Records
Department of Health & Human Services
Suite 130
1033 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-3621

Be sure to come along with complete payment (cash, check or money order) and an acceptable form of identification to ensure processing of the request begins.

Are Nebraska Death Records Open to the Public?

Records of deaths that occurred in the state of Nebraska are closed records and not open to the public. Death Records in Nebraska are, usually, only available to a defined set of people. As such, requests for Nebraska Death Records must be accompanied by evidence to show the requestor is entitled to receive the requested record. Nebraska Death Records are available to

  • A spouse of the person named on the record
  • Parents of the person named on the record
  • An adult child of the person named on the record
  • An authorized legal representative.

 

How do I find Nebraska Death Records?

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the custodian of all records of deaths that occurred in the state of Nebraska, from 1904. If a record is required for a death that occurred prior to this, a written request should be sent to the DHHS. Requests for records should be submitted to the Vital Records Office and can be made by mail or in-person. Copies of Nebraska Death Records cost $16 each.

To make a request by mail complete the Application For Certified Copy Of Death Certificate form, include a check or money order for the complete payment, a copy of a valid photo ID and a stamped, self-addressed envelope and mail to

Vital Records Office
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065

To make a request in-person complete the Application For Certified Copy Of Death Certificate form and bring, along with payment for the complete fee and an acceptable form of identification to:

Office of Vital Records
Department of Health & Human Services
Suite 130
1033 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-3621

How do I find Sealed Vital Records?

All Vital Records in Nebraska are classified as closed records and are only available to a specific group of people. Vital Records are not typically sealed when filed with the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). If a record is found to be sealed, upon request, the requestor will need to contact the court which ordered the sealing of the record.

Nebraska State Archives

State Archives

Contact: (531) 201-6065

Results Include

Full State Record Report:

  • Marriage Records
  • Divorce Records
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Criminal Records
  • Assets
  • Property Ownership
  • Bankruptcies
  • Judgments
  • Liens
  • Public Records
  • Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Relatives & Associates

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

Nebraska

Nebraska

  • State Archives holds over 20,000 cubic feet of records.
  • There are 2 levels of Courts: trial and appellate.
  • The Court of Appeals consists of six judges appointed by the Governor from lists submitted by judicial nominating commissions.  From the six judges, a chief judge is selected to serve a 2-year renewable term.
  • There are 12 District Courts in Nebraska, one in each of the 12 districts.
  • There are 93 County Courts in Nebraska, one in each of the 93 counties.
  • The highest Court in Nebraska is Nebraska Supreme Court.

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