Birth Records

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About the Records

Information in birth records at the Utah State Archives commonly include name, date and place of birth, parent's names and birthplace. Often the individual's name is not included so the parent's names may need to be known. Record types include certificates, registers, and reports.

Before 1898

No governmental agencies in Utah were required by law to record births prior to 1898. Though not required to do so, Salt Lake City and Ogden began registering births in 1890 and Park City began registering births in 1892.

Last Updated April 16, 2024
Salt Lake County Vital RecordsBirth certificates, 1890-presentContact Agency
Salt Lake County ArchivesBirth records, 1890-1915View Online
Ogden (Utah). City RecorderBirth register, 1890-1905index-ogden-birthogden-city-vital

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Series 27190Y 27190
Park City (Utah). City RecorderBirth register, 1892-1897park-city-vital

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Series 85147Y 85147


County clerks became responsible for recording births beginning in 1898.

Last Updated April 16, 2024


In 1905, the Utah Department of Health assumed responsibility for creating birth certificates for all individuals who were born in Utah. The Soundex birth certificate index is a useful tool created in 1934 in that it is an index of all births in Utah up until that point.

Last Updated April 14, 2024
Office of Vital Records and StatisticsBirth certificates, 1905-[ongoing]index-birthbirth-certificates

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Series 81443Y 81443
Vital Statistics SectionSoundex birth certificate index, 1904-1924soundex-birth

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Series 81437Y 81437
Office of Vital Records and StatisticsDelayed birth certificates, 1905-[ongoing]Series 81445Y 81445
Office of Vital Records and StatisticsNative American birth certificates, 1916-1952.Series 81444Y 81444

Delayed Birth Certificates

People who were born before statewide birth registration and people whose births were not registered within the legal time limit lacked birth certificates. Informally around 1916 and codified into Utah law in 1941, delayed birth certificates are issued a year or more after the birth, and provide all the same rights as a birth certificate. The earliest birth in Utah in this series is from 1862.


Birth certificates are private for 100 years from the date of birth (Utah Code 26B-8-125 “Inspection of vital records”). To access a more recent birth record, contact the Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics or most local health districts for a certified copy.

Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics
PO Box 141012
Salt Lake City UT 84114-1012
Phone Number 801-538-6105
Email [email protected]

Page Last Updated August 10, 2023.