What We Do

We keep public health data secure and accessible

Naphsis is the hub for vital records data—such as birth, death, and marriage information—in the United States.

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How it works

Life happens
When someone is born, dies, gets married, or gets divorced in the United States, official information called “vital records” are documented by Naphsis members who work in state vital records and public health statistics offices.
Naphsis is the platform for the secure exchange of vital records data
Vital records data is exchanged using secure online portals from Naphsis. The data is de-personalized to protect personal identities.
Data drives smarter decisions
Organizations can request access to Naphsis’ vital records data to help make more informed decisions. For specific examples and use cases, read the frequently asked questions below.
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Life happens

When someone is born, dies, gets married, or gets divorced in the United States, official information called “vital records” are documented by Naphsis members who work in state vital records and public health statistics offices.

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Naphsis connects

Naphsis is the platform for the secure exchange of vital records data. Vital records data is de-personalized to protect personal identities and then exchanged using secure online portals from Naphsis.

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Data drives smarter decisions

Organizations can request access to Naphsis’ vital records data to help make more informed decisions. For specific examples and use cases, read the frequently asked questions below.

Frequently asked questions

What does Naphsis do?

Naphsis provides national advocacy, technical assistance and training, educational programming, and resources to assist and promote its membership. Naphsis also owns and operates national electronic systems that move vital records data around the country.

What are vital records?

Vital records are official records of important “life events” such as birth, death, marriage, and divorce.

Why are vital records important?

Vital records provide legal documentation of life events and are often required to establish a person’s identity for things like obtaining a passport or driver’s license, enrolling children in school, or boarding a cruise ship. Vital records also provide important checks and balances for government agencies (i.e. Social Security Administration) or insurance companies who need to verify whether or not a person is alive before issuing payments to individuals.

Who are members of Naphsis?

Naphsis members work in state vital records and public health statistics offices. Naphsis members represent 57 jurisdictions in the United States, including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and five territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands).

What do Naphsis members do?

Naphsis members collect and maintain vital records for their jurisdiction. The exchange of vital records is critical to the upkeep of the records database, as people do not always live in the same state in which they were born or eventually die. To help jurisdictions prevent fraud and provide accurate public health statistics for each jurisdiction’s residents, Naphsis provides systems that allow for inter-jurisdictional exchange of information.

How can I request access to vital records?

Visit naphsis.org/get-vital-records to get started.

How do vital records support public health?

Vital records are the primary source of data for tracking statistics of the nation’s health trends. The data helps public health experts recognize emerging issues, create initiatives for prevention or intervention, and keep track of advancements in addressing health disparities. When you hear about the latest teen pregnancy rates or read about the number of cancer and heart disease deaths in your community, vital records are the source.

2024 - 2026 Strategic Plan

Building on the successes of our last Strategic Plan, Naphsis spent the better part of2023 collecting feedback and input from the vital records community to develop the next iteration of the organization’s road map to provide the national leadership and innovation necessary to advance public health and protect individual identity well into the future. This three-year (2024-2026) plan contains aggressive, proactive intentions to cement Naphsis’ role in both the public health and identity management ecosystems.

View Strategic Plan Here