Open Public Record Act:

The Nebraska Open Records Law gives all citizens the right to examine and make copies of all documentary material that was created or in the possession of any state or local governmental body with a few exceptions. Records that are not open to the public include student records, medical records, trade secrets, criminal investigation records, and appraisals.

Birth Records:

The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Division of Public Health can issue a legal copy of a birth certificate. Birth certificates are public records and can be viewed by anyone. However, you can only obtain a legal copy of a birth certificate for yourself, your spouse, your parent, or your child. In addition, you will be required to provide a proper purpose such as using the birth certificate for admission to a school.

To apply for a birth certificate, you will need to submit your request by mail or in person. To send a request by mail, you must provide a photocopy of your current government-issued photo ID, a $17 check or money order made payable to “Vital Records,” and the following information:

  • person’s full name on the record
  • date of birth
  • city or town of birth
  • both parents’ full names at birth (include mother’s maiden name)
  • the reason the record is needed
  • You can also request for a copy online. However, you will be required to email or fax a readable photo or copy of your current government issued photo ID within 3 business days of submitting your application. The standard processing time is 7 to 10 working days.

    Marriage Records:

    Marriages that occurred in Nebraska since 1909 are recorded in the Vital Records Office of the Division of Public Health. You can obtain a legal copy of a marriage certificate from this office as long as you can prove you have a proper purpose. Only the parties involved and their children are allowed to obtain a legal copy.

    To request for a copy of a marriage certificate, you must submit the following by mail:

  • a $16 check or money order made out to Vital Records
  • a photocopy of your current government-issued photo ID
  • a completed application form
  • full name at birth of spouse 1
  • full name at birth of spouse 2
  • date of marriage
  • county where license was issued
  • reason for request
  • your relationship to the persons named on the record
  • Divorce Records:

    Divorces that occurred in Nebraska since 1909 are recorded in the Vital Records Office of the Division of Public Health. You can obtain a legal copy of a divorce certificate from this office as long as you can prove you have a proper purpose. Only the parties involved and their children are allowed to obtain a legal copy.

    To request for a copy of a marriage certificate, you must submit the following by mail:

  • a $16 check or money order made out to Vital Records
  • a photocopy of your current government-issued photo ID
  • a completed application form
  • name of husband
  • name of wife
  • date divorce was granted
  • city or county where divorce was granted
  • reason for request
  • your relationship to the persons named on the record
  • Death Records:

    Deaths that occurred in Nebraska since 1904 are recorded in the Vital Records Office of the Division of Public Health. You can obtain a legal copy of a death certificate from this office as long as you can prove you have a proper purpose. You can only obtain a death certificate for your spouse, parent, or child.

    To request for a copy of a death certificate, you must submit the following by mail:

  • a $16 check or money order made out to Vital Records
  • a photocopy of your current government-issued photo ID
  • a completed application form
  • name of the deceased
  • date of death
  • city or county where death occurred
  • reason for request
  • your relationship to the decedent
  • decedent’s year of birth and birthplace
  • funeral director
  • full name of decedent’s spouse, father, and mother
  • Missing People:

    The Nebraska State Patrol maintains a database of all missing persons reported in the state. You can search the database using one or more of the fields such as last name, first name, reporting agency, gender, age, and/or race. Each missing person’s file will show the person’s photo (if available), missing date, age missing, current age, agency name, physical description, and other remarks.

    Elected Officials:

    You can view the elected officials of Nebraska by visiting the state official website. Each official is listed along with a link to his/her website or webpage. For example, the website shows a link to the governor’s website. Clicking it will show you Governor Pete Ricketts, links to his social media accounts, and the latest news related to him.

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