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Vital Records

Oconee County Superior Clerk Of Court
23 N Main Street
Watkinsville GA 30677
(706) 769-3940

State of Georgia Vital Records
2600 Skyland Dr. NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
(404) 679-4701

Oconee County Probate Court
Oconee County Courthouse, Room 304
23 North Main Street
P.O. Box 54
Watkinsville, Ga. 30677
(706) 769-3936
(Probate Court handles all the Oconee county records including
Wills, Estates, Guardianships, Marriage License, Firearms  License,
Vital Records, and more.)

David Anglin, Judge
 Denise Skelton, Senior Traffic Clerk
Virginia King, Senior Probate Clerk
Linda Harrell, Traffic Clerk
Deborah Turner, Probate Clerk

About Oconee County Probate Court

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Court Jurisdiction

Wills, Estates, Guardianships, Marriage License, Firearms License,
Vital Records, Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses, Misdemeanor Marijuana Offenses,
Underage Possession of Alcohol Offenses,

Vital Records Information

The Oconee County Judge of Probate Court is custodian of vital records, which include
birth and death records.  Records are retained in the Probate Court, and date back to 1875.
Certified copies of birth and death records may be obtained at a cost of $10.00 for the first
copy and $5.00 for each copy thereafter. A record of birth should be filed in the county where the
individual was born.  A record of death should be filed in the county where the individual was
pronounced dead.

What is a vital record?

Vital records and vital events are defined as birth, death, fetal deaths (stillbirth), induced
termination of pregnancy, marriage and divorce certificates and reports. Georgia Code Chapter
31-10, and Department of Human Resources Regulation 290-1-3 specify the scope and
authority of the Georgia vital records program.

When did the state start collecting vital records?

The state vital records office maintains birth and death records filed from 1919 to the present. Marriage
applications and licenses from 1952-1996 are also on file. No divorce records are on file at the state office,
however, an index of divorce events from 1952 to the present is available. Some counties may have
older birth, death, marriage, or divorce records in their files, but county files only contain records of vital
events that occurred in that county.

How do I request a vital record?

Request a birth certificate
Request a death certificate
Request a certified copy of a marriage application and license
Request confirmation of a divorce

Where can I find other historical information?

For other historical information you may want to contact the Georgia Division of Archives and History.
The Archives maintains a large public collection of historical records plus a library of genealogical histories.

Where are vital records offices located?

There are 159 counties in Georgia. Each county has a vital records registrar and vital records custodian
appointed by the state registrar. Depending upon the county, the vital records registrar or custodian
may be located at the county health department or in the office of the probate judge. Call the state
vital records office at (404) 679-4701 if you need the mail address or telephone number of a specific
county vital records office.

The state vital records office is organized into the Registration, Data Entry, Photo Reproduction, Search,
Customer Service, Legal, Quality Assurance Units and Administrative Staff. Two vital records field
coordinators provide assistance and education services to county, hospital and funeral home staff
about the completion and registration of vital records. The field staff are also responsible for the installation
of electronic vital event registration software in hospitals and health facilities across the state.

If you are coming in person to the main Vital Records Office in Atlanta, directions are available.

How are vital records processed?

Vital records are completed in the county where the event occurred and require the skills and cooperation
of many people and various professions. NOTE: only Georgia vital records are filed in this state.

The majority of birth records are completed by hospital staff. Out of institution (or home) births are initiated
with the county vital records registrar where the birth occurred, but DHR Regulation 290-1-3-.05 must be explicitly
followed to register an out of institution birth. Death certificates are completed by funeral directors and certifying
physicians, except in the case of coroner investigations where the coroner certifies the manner of death. Fetal death
(spontaneous abortion or stillbirth) certificates are completed by hospital staff and certifying physicians. Induced
termination of pregnancy reports are completed by clinic staff. Marriage applications and licenses are completed
by probate judges and marriage officials. Reports of divorce are completed by the Clerks of the Superior Courts.
Original records except marriage and divorce reports, are filed at the state office of vital records.

Services and activities of the vital records office

Several services and activities are offered by vital records state and county office staff to the public and
other agencies. The primary vital records services are listed below. Call (404) 679-4701 if you have questions
about the services offered or the fees charged. You may call the same number if you need the telephone
number or address of a vital records office located in another state or for more information see the CDC's
information page for other states' vital records offices.

State office staff:

prepare certified copies of birth and death records (nearly 200,000 copies each year)
register, code and data enter all occurrences of Georgia vital events (more than 318,000 records each year)
prepare services to public counter walk in customers (more than 43,000 persons each year)
provide county custodians of vital records with copies of birth and death certificates (more than 213,000 copies each year)
prepare delayed certificates of birth, amend birth and death records, complete new birth certificates upon receipt of
notice of finalization of adoption, and process legitimation and paternity acknowledgments (nearly 15,000 documents each year)
Each of the 159 county vital records offices is authorized to prepare certified copies of birth and death certificates for
vital events that occurred in their specific county. However, not all of these locations initiate filing delayed certificates
of birth or begin the process to amend a vital record.

Page Updated  August 2, 2004
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