Friday, February 3, 2012

Records Availability in Nevada

It is time for another in my continuing series on record accessibility. Information is taken from the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) white paper titled “Open Access to Public Records: a Genealogical Perspective.”

For Nevada, the white paper lists record availability as of 2008 as follows. (RPAC is currently updating the information. Please contact them at with updates. Source citations are appreciated.)

Record Type Year begins Access (Closed, Open, Restricted) Years Restricted Copy for Genealogical Purposes Statute Notes
Birth 1911 Restricted   Abstract copies open NRS 440.650, NRS 440.670  
Marriage 1968 Open     NRS 440.170  
Divorce 1968 Open     NRS 440.170  
Death 1911 Restricted   Non-certified copies open NRS 440.650  
Adoption   Closed     NRS 440.310 Operates the Adoption Registry, Nevada Department of Human

Election year is a great time to let your state legislators know what you think about your state’s restrictions. Keep in mind the state’s legitimate need to prevent identity fraud. Then fight fear with facts.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled presidential election, already in progress…

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