Ordering a Certified Copy

The Division of Vital Records issues certified copies of all births and deaths that occurred in the state of North Dakota.  All certified copies are issued in paper format on security paper with a raised seal indicating authenticity.  All requests must be made in writing.  Requests can be made by mail, fax, Internet or in person at our office in Bismarck.  We DO NOT accept telephone or e-mail requests. 

Requests for certified copies of marriage and divorce records must be obtained through the county where the marriage license was issued or the divorce was decreed.  County information can be found by clicking on the marriage and divorce links on the right.

Once a complete request is received in our office, it is usually processed in 3-5 business days.  This does not include return mail time!   Expedited service can be requested for an additional fee and your request will be returned by express next day service. (Federal Express or UPS) .  Due to the large volume of requests, we cannot give expedited service to everyone. UPS/FedEx requests that are received by 10:00 a.m. Central Time are guaranteed to be processed and shipped the same day the request was received (except weekends and holidays). If a UPS/FedEx request is received after the 10:00 a.m. deadline, it will be processed and shipped on the next business day. All other requests are processed and mailed from this office within 3-5 business days.