Wyoming Public Records

Wyoming has two laws governing access to public information. The first law is the Wyoming Public Meeting Law, Wyo. Stat. § 16-4-401 et seq. This law governs how public meetings in Wyoming are conducted and requires that the public have access to meetings where a quorum of a public body have gathered. Public officers can be held guilty of a misdemeanor and accessed fines of up to $750 for violating open meeting laws. There are some types of meeting that are specifically exempted from open meeting requirements under the law. These include: personnel matters, parole board meetings where the board is discussing granting parole, property purchases or leases, meetings discussing anonymous gifts to public agencies, and meetings discussing threats to security.

The Wyoming Sunshine Law, Wyo. Stat. § 16-4-201 et seq., is the law governing access to public documents in Wyoming. It is not actually a single law, but a series of laws. It defines public records of all documents, no matter their form, which have been created or received by government agencies in the course of public business. It refers to public records of government bodies at all levels of the Wyoming government. It allows anyone to request public records, without a statement of purpose, without restrictions. While the Wyoming Sunshine Law is relatively expansive, it does have some exemptions that are noteworthy. These include: medical records of publicly funded hospitals, school board and university student disciplinary records, testing materials, some law enforcement investigation records, labor negotiations, and details of state institutions’ research projects.

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More About Wyoming

Wyoming is the least populated state in the United States. A relatively large state in the country’s mountain region of the Western United States, Wyoming is actually the second-most sparsely populated state in the country. Its population is less than 600,000 people, which actually makes the entire state less populated than the 31 biggest cities in the United States. Wyoming’s economy is dependent upon mineral extraction including coal, oil, natural gas, and trona. It also depends on tourism and agriculture. Wyoming’s agricultural products include livestock, sugar beets, grains, hay, and wool. Its weather is known for its extremes and it has a semi-arid climate that tends to make it both drier and windier than much of the United States. The nature of its economy means that people do travel to Wyoming for work, which, combined with the state’s small full-time population, increases the chances that someone you encounter in Wyoming is actually from somewhere else. If running a background check on someone in Wyoming, you may find yourself needing to check other states, as well.


Wyoming Vital Records

The Wyoming Department of Health handles vital statistics for the state of Wyoming. In Wyoming, vital records include birth, death, fetal death, marriage, divorce, and related data. Each vital event is initially filed with the county registrar in the county where it occurred, then it is recorded with the state. If you have any questions about Vital Statistics in Wyoming, you can contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics by phone at 307-777-7591.

Birth Records

In Wyoming, you can obtain a birth certificate in only one way, which makes it stand out from other states. You must fill out an application and either hand deliver it or mail it to the State. You can obtain a birth certificate if you are an adult and the person named on the birth certificate, a parent of the person named on the birth certificate, a lawyer representing either the person or a parent, or a legal guardian. You must fill out the form and send it to:

Vital Statistics Services

2300 Capitol Avenue

Hathaway Building

Cheyenne, WY 82002

Death Records

Wyoming allows you to access death records if you are an immediate family member of the deceased, a lawyer representing the immediate family, require it to do business, or have another legal right to it. You fill out the application that you can find on the website and send it to Vital Statistics Services. That address is:

Vital Statistics Services

2300 Capitol Avenue

Hathaway Building

Cheyenne, WY 82002

Marriage Records

In Wyoming, you can obtain a marriage record from the state if you are a party named on the marriage certificate or a lawyer representing either party. You can get them directly from the state and do not have to go to the county that issued the marriage certificate. Fill out the application that you find on the website and send it, along with the required payment, to:

Vital Statistics Services

2300 Capitol Avenue

Hathaway Building

Cheyenne, WY 82002

Divorce Records

Just like marriage certificates, either party named in a divorce can obtain divorce records in Wyoming. You fill out the application found online and send it, along with payment, to:

Vital Statistics Services

2300 Capitol Avenue

Hathaway Building

Cheyenne, WY 82002

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