Open Public Record Act:

The Indiana Access to Public Records Act allows anyone access to public records. These are records that are created, received, maintained, or filed by or with a government body. There are exceptions to the law such as trade secrets, confidential information, academic research, licensing information, medical records, attorney information, and personal files of employees.

Birth Records:

The Indiana State Department of Health Division of Vital Records maintains and issues certified copies of birth certificates for births that occurred within the state. The birth records preserved in the office of Vital Records go as far back as 1907.

Birth certificates are only available to the following individuals:

  • Parents of the individual on the certificate
  • Grandparents of the individual on the certificate
  • Sibling, 18 years or older, of individual on the certificate
  • Child or Grandchild, 18 years or older, of individual named on the certificate
  • Current Spouse of individual named on the certificate
  • Aunt or Uncle of individual named on the certificate
  • Step-Parent of individual named on the certificate
  • Court-Appointed Legal Guardian
  • Attorney representing individual named on the certificate
  • Genealogy
  • Social Agency
  • State and Federal Agencies
  • All of the individuals on this list must provide proof of identity and direct interest. To apply for a birth certificate, you can place an order online, via phone, and by mail. A search for a record costs $10 and is non-refundable. You also get a certified copy if the record is found. Additional copies cost $4 each. Any amendments made to the record cost an additional $8.

    Marriage Records:

    To obtain a copy of a marriage license, you will need to contact the Clerk of Court in the county where the marriage occurred. The same applies to divorce decrees.

    Death Records:

    Death records are maintained by the Indiana State Department of Health office of Vital Records. Requests for death certificates will require proof of relationship, direct interest, legal interest to the person named on the record. You can obtain a certified copy online through the Vital Records Online Order Management service or through a third party vendor, VitalChek. You can also submit a completed application along with a check or money order made payable to the Indiana State Department of Health. The cost of the first certificate is $8 and $4 for each additional copy. Orders can also be made by phone or by visiting thea local health department where the death occurred.

    Missing People:

    There is no central department that maintains a database of all missing persons in the state of Indiana. If you wish to search for missing persons in the state, you can visit the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) which is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases in the US. To search for a missing person case, you can enter the person’s name, state, and county.

    Elected Officials:

    The list of elected officials in Indiana can be found on the Indiana Government website. You can find all the important information on the officials. For example, you’ll be able to get a short biography about Governor Eric Holcomb as well as about his programs for the state. You’ll also be able to find your legislator by using the Find Your Legislator app on the website. Just enter your address and your legislator’s information will show up.

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