North Dakota Birth Certificates

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North Dakota birth certificates

Birth certificates contain information about a person's birth, including the date of birth, place of birth, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the birth. Birth certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.

Birth certificates can be used to establish a person's date and place of birth. Most birth certificates provide the mother's maiden name. Birth certificates are often required to obtain other documents, licenses or to prove eligibility.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing North Dakota birth records, North Dakota birth ceritificates, North Dakota birth notices, North Dakota birth indexes, and other related North Dakota genealogy records.

Birth records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the birth takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store birth records into various online archives. This has brought access to online birth records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of births, and in addition to birth certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. Newspapers typically do not announce the names of the newborn, but list the sex of the child, the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing birth records of North Dakota. We also suggest searching for "North Dakota birth records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain North Dakota Birth Certificates

A state law passed in 1893 made it mandatory to file vital records with township clerks. It was repealed in 1895 but re-enacted in 1899. The State Department of Vital Records was eventually formed in 1923, and all copies of prior birth and death information were required to be sent there. Marriage records generally dating from county organization can be obtained from the county judge of the county where the license was issued. Only marriage records after 1 July 1925 are on file at the Division of Vital Records in Bismarck.

For birth and death records from 1 July 1893 to present and marriage records from 1 July 1925 to present, write:

Division of Vital Records
State Capitol 600
East Boulevard Avenue
Dept. 301
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200

State office has had some records since July 1893. Years from 1894 to 1920 are incomplete. Cost for copy is $7.00. Additional copies of birth records are $4.00 each and death records are $2.00 each. Copies are generally processed within 5-7 working days after request is received.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to ND Department of Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (701) 328-2360. This is an automated attendant with a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at

For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

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