KDHE Office of Vital Statistics

Beginning June 3 - August 2, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has temporarily waived its fees for Kansans who have been impacted by the May 28 severe weather and need certified copies of birth and marriage certificates. This is for residents of Douglas, Leavenworth, Osborne, Mitchell and Washington counties only. This offer is not available to anyone who has not been verified as a victim in the damaged area in the above stated counties on May 28. For additional details, call us at 785-296-1400 or view the press release.

Elizabeth W. Saadi, Ph.D., State Registrar
Kay Haug, Director of Vital Statistics

The Office of Vital Statistics receives and preserves vital records for events (births, stillbirth, deaths, marriages, and divorces) which occur in Kansas. The Office maintains more than 10 million vital records, adding approximately 100,000 new records annually. Over 360,000 certified copies of these records are issued to eligible requestors annually. The records maintained by this office are necessary for individuals to carry out day-to-day business such as obtaining passports, enrolling in schools, sports participation, starting new jobs, qualifying for subsidized housing, collecting life insurance benefits, and transferring property.

Data from the records also has important public health and social research significance. The data, considered the "gold standard" of public health data, can help determine which diseases and illnesses are problems in Kansas communities. For information on health care data and statistics, click here.

Vital Records

Kansas Records Only: Only Kansas vital records are filed and issued by this Office.
If you need an out-of-state vital record, you have two options:

  • VitalChek (online order service for certificates)
  • CDC (tutorial on how to apply for certificates from other states)

Eligibility: Birth, stillbirth, death, marriage, and divorce records (vital records) in Kansas are not public records. Certified copies of vital records are released to the person named on the record, immediate family, a legal representative, or anyone who can prove a direct interest, such as a named beneficiary or someone who jointly owns property with the person whose record is requested. The record must be necessary for the determination of personal or property rights. Proof of legal representation, direct interest, or written authorization is required if the requestor is not named on the record or an immediate family member.