Oregon Public Records

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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Administrative Rules

Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) from the Secretary of State.

Air & Water Quality

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality air and water quality data.

Attorney General Opinions

Oregon Attorney General's database of opinions from 1997 to the present.

Available Buildings & Sites

State of Oregon index of available sites, buildings, and businesses.

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.

Births and Christenings 1868-1929

Index of approximately 61,000 Oregon birth and christening records filed between 1868 and 1929.

Campaign Financing Reports

Search Oregon campaign financing reports for Oregon candidates and political action committees.

City Records

Use this to reach our index of city databases in Oregon.

Company Search | Charitable Organizations

Search Oregon Department of Justice records for charities database for Oregon registered charitable Organizations.

Company Search | Minority & Women Business Certified Firms

Oregon Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise certified firms.

Company Search | Trademarks

Oregon Secretary of State trademark registration database.

Company Search | Workers Compensation Coverage

Search the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services records for proof of Oregon Employers' proof of coverage.

County Governments

Oregon counties contact information, history, images, maps, county officials, and more.

Deaths and Burials 1903-1947

Database of 22,000 Oregon deaths and burials recorded between 1903 and 1947.

District Attorneys

Oregon District Attorneys by county.

Farmer Markets & Farm Stands

Oregon Department of Agriculture index of roadside farm stands and farmers' markets.

Initiative Referendum and Referral Log

Search Oregon Secretary of State Election Division Initiative Referendum and Referral Log by year, keyword, and status of petition.


Oregon Circuit Court Judges.

Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business

Find Oregon state professional and business licenses, including those for physicians, accountants, attorneys, realtors, dentists, contractors, and more.

Liquor Stores

Browse by name for Liquor Retail Outlets regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Liquor | Stores & Products

Oregon Alcohol Control Commission index of liquor stores and liquor products.

Lobbyist Expenditures

Oregon Government Ethics Commission 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.

Marriages 1853-1935

Index of 57,000 Oregon marriages recorded between 1853 and 1935.

Missing Children

Oregon missing children search from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Most Wanted | DOC

Oregon Department of Corrections list of wanted fugitives and escapees.

Photographs - Historic

Search or browse this Salem, Oregon Public Library database for historic photographs.

Property | Tax Maps

Oregon Tax maps by county, city, address or use the interactive GIS map service.

State Representatives

Oregon State Representatives listed by district.

State Senators

Contact information for Oregon State Senators.


Oregon Revised Statutes from the state legislature.

Underground Storage Tanks

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality databases of storage and heating oil tanks, leaking underground storage tanks, and cleanup sites.

Wastewater Permits

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Wastewater Permits database.

Water Quality Maps

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Interactive GIS Maps for streams, sub-basin, basin, and permitted facility water quality information.

Wells | Underground Injection Control (UIC)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's "Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program" database of UICs, the bulk of which are Class V systems.

Oregon is located in the Pacific Northwest United States. The Capital is Salem and the largest city is Portland.  The Official Web Site is located at http://www.oregon.gov/pages/index.aspx.  Oregon is the 27th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 3,970,239 and the 2010 census population was 3,831,073.  The land area is 95,988.01 square miles and there are 39.9 persons per square mile.

88.1% of the population is White, 2% is Black or African American, 12.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 4.1% is Asian, 1.8% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.4% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 3.5% are two or more races. 89.4% are a high school graduate or higher, and 29.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $238,000. There are on average 2.49 persons per household, the per capita income is $26,809, the median household income is $50,229, and 16.2% of the persons in Oregon are considered below poverty level.

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