Utah Vital Records
Utah Vital Records
The of Vital Records is in charge of maintaining all state level vital records in Utah, including those relating to residents’ important life milestone events, such as births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. The records relating to these key events may include, but is not limited to, divorce decrees, divorce certificates and other divorce records, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, marriage certificates. These state vital files are all stored together in a central registry and are used later for statistical analysis.
Utah divorce records are distributed by government officials in the state, but only after said divorce/annulment is registered. When a person or couple files for a divorce/annulment in Utah, records of this event are kept along with the other state vital files in one central registry. These files may include, but are not limited to, divorce certificates and divorce decrees, as well as other divorce-related files. It depends on the individual state in question as to whether these vital files can be seen or copied by members of the public. There were over 2,000 divorces between the years 1847 and 1877. The federal district courts oversaw divorce cases between 1852 and 1895, with the probate courts also having jurisdiction between 1852 and 1887. The state district courts took over jurisdiction in 1896.The Utah State Department of Health now holds all divorce records. In Utah, in 2016, there was a total of 10,947 divorces. Copies of divorce records cost $18, with additional copies an extra $10.
Marriage records in Utah are also handed out after the registration of the event by government officials. The civil registration of marriages was not a requirement in Utah until 1887. Despite this, there are some records of marriages before this year, and they are kept in the probate or justice of the peace court records. These earlier marriages were usually interfiled with different court matters. The Utah State Archives and the relevant county clerk’s offices now hold marriage records. The Family History Library also has some county records dating back before 1887. In Utah, in 2016, there was a total of 27,431 marriages. Copies of marriage records cost $18, with additional copies an extra $10.
Birth records refer to the certificates issued to all new-born children in the state of Utah, or certified copies of these certificates. Birth records in Utah are split into two main sections, before 1905 and after 1905. All pre-1905 records were collected from county records of vital statistics or Utah church registers. Clerk records improve in the late 1890s. These earlier records can now be found at the Utah Family History Library and the Utah State Archives. Records from after 1905 were collected from the Office of Vital Records and Statistics in Utah. In Utah, in 2016, there was a total of 50,486 births. Copies of birth records cost $20, with additional copies an extra $10.
Death records usually refer to the copy of information from a person’s death certificate after their passing. Utah splits records into two main sections, county records and state records. County records were all collected from Utah counties. Microfilm copies of these records have been sent to the Utah Bureau of Vital Records. State records are collected from the Utah Department of Health every single year. In Utah, in 2016, there was a total of 17,816 deaths. Copies of death records cost $30, with additional copies an extra $10.
Why are these records available to the public?
The Utah Government Record Access and Management Act was passed back in 1991, with the most recent amendment coming in 1997. This act aimed to ensure that all members of the public in Utah could access public records at any time. All public records kept by both state and local government can be accessed and copied by Utah residents.
To access records:
Office of Vital Records and Statistics
Utah Department of Health
288 North 1460 West
P.O. Box 141012
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1012