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The Vermont public records law, found in Title 1, Chapter 5, Section 316 of the state statutory code, states that any person may inspect or copy any public record or document of a public agency during customary office hours. A record is defined as public if it is written or recorded during the course of public agency transactions.

Exceptions to open records include records designated confidential by law, records relating to open investigations, tax returns, medical records, personal and private records, test questions & scoring keys, trade secrets, student records, appraisal methods, library patron data, information revealing archeological sites and underwater historic properties, and records the disclosure of which would threaten the safety of persons or the security of public property.

Statewide Vermont databases appear below.  To reach the resources maintained by a city or county, use the side navigation.

  • Court System - The Vermont court system has a Supreme Court, Superior Courts, and a Judicial Bureau.  The Supreme Court hears all appeals cases from lower courts, as there is no intermediate appellate court in Vermont.  The Superior Court system has a Civil, Criminal, Family, and Probate Division in each of the 14 Vermont Counties.   Next is the Vermont Judicial Bureau,  which is under the auspices of the Supreme Court and handles civil violations and municipal complaints.  There is also a statewide Environmental Division which hears environmental law cases. For more information, go to our Vermont Court Records page.
  • Criminal Records - The Superior Courts in Vermont have jurisdiction over all criminal cases.  Vermont does not make Superior Court criminal case records available online, but you can check criminal calendars for upcoming court dates of active criminal cases.  For access to these databases, to Vermont U.S. District Court criminal records, and for details on ordering official background searches from the Vermont Criminal Information Center, visit our Vermont Criminal Records page.
  • Vital Records – For certified copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates, write to the Vermont Department of Health, Vital Records Section, P.O. Box 70, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT 05402, (802) 863-7275.  Go to our Vital Records page for births, deaths, marriages, and divorces.  There we have historical birth indexes, Goshen birth records, the SSDI Death Index; historical statewide death & probate record databases; death & cemetery records from available cities & counties, historical statewide marriages, marriage databases from Goshen, and information for ordering divorce certificates.

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