Utah Public Records

Utah’s freedom of information act is known as the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act, Utah Code Title 63G, Chapter 2. The Utah Government Records Access and Management Act refers to a series of laws that are intended to ensure that the public has access to records created by or maintained by public bodies. These records are supposed to open for inspection by any member of the public. Some documents are exempt. Exemptions are limited to those records that include private information about individuals and government employees; records that are protected because their release could result in security problems; and records that could lead to financial speculation, instability, or unfair competition. You do not have to provide a purpose to request records in Utah, and any member of the public can make the request. The government has 10 days to respond to requests.

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More About Utah

Utah is one of the larger states, physically, in the United States; it is ranked number thirteen in terms of area. However, it is one of the less densely populated states and is only the 31st-most populated state, which makes in the tenth least-populated state. However, there are two areas in Utah that are relatively densely populated: the Wasatch Front, which is in the north-central part of the state, and Washington County in Southern Utah. Utah is bordered by Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. It is known as a tourist destination because of skiing and outdoor activities, is well-known for its large Mormon population, and has growing economies in diverse areas. If you want to conduct a background check on a person in Utah, you may want to check other states as well.

UT Vital Records

The Utah Department of Health Vital Records and Statistics division is responsible for maintaining vital statistics for the state of Utah. In Utah, the following events are considered vital statistics: birth, adoption, death, marriages, and divorces.

Birth Records

In Utah, ordering a birth certificate can be done in a number of ways: on-line, in person, or by mail. Birth certificates can only be requested by the person of record, an immediate family member, a legal guardian, or a designated legal representative, but become public after 100 years.

Death Records

You can order a Utah death certificate: on-line, in person at the Utah Vital Records and Statistics in Salt Lake or at the local health department, or by mail. Death certificates can only be requested by immediate family members, legal guardians, or legal representatives, but become public after 50 years.

Marriage Records

You can order some Utah a marriage certificates on-line, in-person, or by mail from Utah Vital Records and Statistics. However, some marriages are only available locally; Utah Vital Records and Statistics only has marriages from 1978 to 2010. To get marriage records for marriages before or after those dates, you must visit the county clerk in the county where the marriage occurred.

Divorce Records

Utah has some divorce records, similar to a divorce certificate, available from the Vital Records and Statistics. If available, you can order these records, but will need to visit the court that granted the divorce to obtain a divorce decree. If you order the divorce certificates, you can do so by mail, in person, or on-line. For divorce records in the years prior to 1978 or after 2010, you must visit the district court where the divorce was finalized.

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