National Vital Statistics System

National Vital Statistics System

The National Vital Statistics System is the oldest and most successful example of inter-governmental data sharing in Public Health and the shared relationships, standards, and procedures form the mechanism by which NCHS collects and disseminates the Nation’s official vital statistics. These data are provided through contracts between NCHS and vital registration systems operated in the various jurisdictions legally responsible for the registration of vital events – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and fetal deaths.


How to get a birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificate

Need a birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificate? Use our state and territory specific information to find out where to write.

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Page last reviewed: January 30, 2020