Arizona Vital Records
Arizona Vital Records
The Office of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining all state-level vital records created, administered and maintained by the state of Arizona regarding a person’s most important life events. These records include such documents as birth certificates, marriage licenses and death certificates and are compiled and stored in a permanent central registry state entities uses to develop statistical analysis of its population.
A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. The term "birth certificate" can refer to either the original document certifying the birth or to a certified copy or representation of the original document. The state of Arizona compiles the birth records into two categories based on the sources the in records were/ are collected and gathered: 1909-1988 and 1988-present. A statewide registration of birth records in Arizona genealogy began July, 1909 and was generally complied with by the year 1926. At that time the county clerks sent copies of the birth records to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the birth records are available at both the home county offices and State Department of Health offices. Birth records are also searchable for 1855 - 1939 statewide at Arizona Genealogy Birth and Dealth Certificates, the database includes many original scanned images. The birth records from the second category are found at the home County Health Department.
A death record is most likely a copy of the information contained in a person’s death certificate. The state of Arizona does not divide death records into categories based on the period of time the event occurred or the sources the records were/are collected. All existing death records in the state of Arizona were and are collected and can be obtain at the home County Health Department dating back the earliest from 1844 to at least 50 years ago.
A marriage/divorce record is issued by a government official only after civil registration of the marriage/divorce occurs. There is no record of a statewide registration law of marriage/ divorce records in the state of Arizona. An 1864 territorial law required county recorders to keep marriage and divorce records. From 1891 to 1912, clerks of probate courts issued marriage licenses. Marriage and divorce records in Arizona are maintained by the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the event occurred. They are not available from the Office of Vital Records.
Why Vital Records are Available to the Public
In 1901, the Arizona State Legislature pass a law named the Arizona Public Records Law This law was enabled with the last changes in 1993 and aims to ensure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public: http://www.azleg.gov/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp?Title=39 . Every person throughout the state can request access to access all public records through the assigned specialized offices within its determined terms.
What Vital Records Access Mean to You
The law is similar to the Arizona Open Meetings Act, which conducts the methods by which public meetings are conducted. While Arizona Public Records Law focuses on the access to all records, public events, government bodies activities, and access public resources at all state levels in the state of Arizona.