Oregon Public Records
The Oregon Open Records Act, found in Chapter 192 of the State Statutes, describes a public record as a document, paper, book, file, photograph, sound recording, or electronic record made or filed in the course of public business, or pursuant to law.
Records restricted from public view include audits, medical records, sealed records, student records, records related to current litigation, trade secrets, open investigation records, test questions, appraisal records, archaeological data, and endangered species data, to name a few.
Below you will find resources for the Oregon statewide public records that typical researchers are looking for. Other types of databases, such as those for cities and counties within the state, can be accessed via the menus on the left.
- Court System - The Oregon court system has four levels. First are the local Municipal, County, and Justice Courts, which handle violations, misdemeanors, and small claims matters. Second are the two state trial courts: the Tax Court handles tax law, and its Magistrate Division handles tax appeals; the Circuit Court is the state trial court of general jurisdiction. In 1998 the District Courts merged with the Circuit Courts, which handle civil, misdemeanor, felony, divorce, custody, juvenile, adoption, commitment, and probate cases. Third is the Court of Appeals, which reviews decisions from the Circuit Courts. Fourth is the Supreme Court, which hears all death penalty appeals, and those from the Tax Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court has discretionary review of other cases from the Court of Appeals. Oregon Court Records
- Criminal Records - Violations and lesser misdemeanors are handled by the local Municipal, County, and Justice Courts. Serious misdemeanors and felonies are handled by the Circuit Courts. Oregon statewide misdemeanors and felonies may be found through the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) system or through our Search Systems Premium service. The Oregon State Police offers a criminal history service online. Federal criminal court records and inmate records in Oregon are separate from Oregon State records. For rules about searching in the state, and to access the databases, go to our Oregon Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records - Birth, death, marriage & divorce certificates are provided by: Oregon Vital Records, 800 NE Oregon Street, Ste 205, PO Box 14050, Portland, OR 97293, (971) 673-1190, Fax: (503) 234-8417. Visit our Vital Records area for links to statewide historical birth indexes; the Social Security Death Index for Oregon, historical statewide death & burial databases; death records, cemetery indexes, coroner reports & obituaries from available cities & counties; historical statewide marriages; statewide divorce court filings; and historical divorce databases from available counties.
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Search Oregon State Archives by keyword. Includes Historical Records Index, Historical County Records Guide, Legislative Minutes, State Agency Records Guides and Governors Records Guides.
|County Clerks |
Browse Oregon County Clerks and Elections Officers by county. Provides name, address, phone # and email address.
|Criminal Records | Combined Searches Pay Site|
Use our service to do a combined search of: court records in all 36 county courts, Corrections inmate and offender records; and registered offenders statewide in Oregon for $9.95. Immediate results.
|Genealogical Information Locator |
Search the Oregon State Archives for genealogical information in select Oregon Counties. Includes pensions, births, marriages, probates, divorces, coroner reports, census, naturalizations, elections registers, enlistment/service records, and more.
|Oregon Home Page |
Use this official site for the state of Oregon to find government officials, offices, agencies, services, education information, and links to county and city pages.
|State Employees |
Search State Employees by name, phone #, department ID #, department or agency name.
|Unclaimed Property |
Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) program for unclaimed property such as tax refunds, check proceeds, wages, deposits, rebates, and more. Search by name. Provides name, address, property details, and claim process.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Oregon Secretary of State Uniform Commercial Code records by debtor name or secured party name, file date, or by file number. Online UCC search, results, and document copies are free.
|Administrative Rules |
Browse Oregon Administrative Rules by agency name or chapter #, or search by keyword.
|Agricultural Resources |
Oregon Agricultural Resources Directory. Search by type of organization, organization title, city, and/or state.
|Air & Water Quality |
Search the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality "Laboratory Analytical Storage and Retrieval Database" for air and water quality data in Oregon. Browse an interactive map of monitoring stations or search for monitoring stations or sampling events.
|Available Buildings & Sites |
Search the State of Oregon Sites and Buildings database by city, county, type, size, and/or units for available sites and vacant buildings.
|Bankruptcies, Judgments & Tax Liens Pay Site|
Our Premium service offers $5 searches for bankruptcies, judgments and tax liens all at once in Oregon (or nationwide). Instant results.
|Birth Records 1842-1902 |
Search the Oregon State Archives for Delayed Birth Records for the period 1842-1902 by name, year, record type, and/or county.
|City Records |
Use this to reach our index of city databases in Oregon.
|Environmental Cleanup Sites |
Search the complete Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Environmental Cleanup Site Information Database by site ID, site name, address, county, city, zip code, latitude/longitude, township/range, milestone, contaminant, and/or alias.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Oregon for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Oregon instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
Browse this Adobe Acrobat .pdf file of Oregon Judges by county.
|Liquor Products & Prices |
Browse this Oregon Alcohol Control Commission database of liquor products by type and name. List is in PDF format.
|Liquor Stores |
Browse by name for Liquor Retail Outlets regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
|Lobbyist Expenditures |
Browse these Adobe Acrobat pdf files for Oregon lobbyist expenditures, expenditure summaries, and statements of economic interest.
|Marriage Records |
Search the Oregon State Archives for marriages records by name, year, record type, and/or county.
|Missing Children - Missingkids.com |
Browse this Missingkids.com listing of missing children in Oregon to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Most Wanted | DOC |
View the Oregon Department of Corrections list of wanted fugitives.
Browse this Adobe Acrobat .pdf list of Statewide Officials in Oregon.
|Property - GIS Tax Maps |
Use this service to search for Oregon Tax maps by county, city, address or use the interactive GIS map service. Maps are provided in Adobe pdf format.
|State Representatives |
Browse Oregon State Representatives by district. Provides county, name, political affiliation, address and phone #.
|State Senators |
Browse Oregon State Senators by district. Provides county, name, political affiliation, address and phone #.
Oregon State Legislature revised statutes.
Browse the Oregon Revised Statutes from the state legislature by chapter number or search by keyword.
|Wastewater Permits |
Search the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Wastewater Permits Database or view interactive GIS maps of water quality limited streams and permitted facilities.
|Water Quality Maps |
Search the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Interactive GIS Maps for streams, sub-basin, basin, and permitted facility water quality information.