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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the physical address?

What is the mailing address?

What is the phone number?

When can I come in to do research?

Is there a fee to do research at the Archives?

Is there an online database that I can search?

How do I get access to records I find on Efiles?

How do I find a birth or death certificate?

How do I find a marriage license or divorce record?

Who do I contact to get a police report?

How do I find a land use record or plan?

I am doing research on my house, where should I start?

How do I find out who owns a piece of property?

How do I find old permits for my house or business?

 

What is the physical address?

1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550 

Portland, OR 97201 

 

What is the mailing address?

PO Box 9072 

Portland, OR 97207 

 

What is the phone number?

503.865.4100

 

When can I come in to do research?

We have Open Research Hours every day, click here to find the hours and more information about doing research at PARC.

 

Is there a fee to do research at the Archives?

No, it is free to do research at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC)

 

Is there an online database that I can search?

Yes, you can use Efiles to search the Archives and Records Center database.  If a file is available online you will see a magnifying glass icon magnifying glass icon.  Click on the magnifying lass to view the document or image. If a file is not available online, you can come in during Open Research Hours.

 

The following link will take you to the search page: http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/

 

For questions about Efiles go here: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=39968

How do I get access to records I find on Efiles?

Some records have the actual digital document or image associated with it and you can click on the magnifying glass icon magnifying glass icon to view the image or text.  For records that do not have a magnifying glass icon, researchers will need to drop by during Open Research Hours.

 

How do I find a birth or death certificate?

The State of Oregon holds all vital records including birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce records.  Call 971-673-1190 or click here to inquire about vital records.

 

How do I find a marriage license or divorce record?

The State of Oregon holds all vital records including birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce records.  Call 971-673-1190 or click here to inquire about vital records.

 

Who do I contact to get a police report?

Call the Police Bureau’s Records number at 503-823-0043

 

How do I find a land use record or plan?

Call the Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7660 or go to http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=36663

 

I am doing research on my house, where should I start?

There are a variety of places to pull information when doing research on your house.  In our collection there some images of buildings (residential and commercial), many of which are public works types of projects (construction of sewers and widening of roads). We also have building inspection records ranging in date from 1907 to 1932.  Much of the information is searchable on Efiles.

 

Click here to open a User Guide to researching your house. You can also search your address on www.PortlandMaps.com for available historic permits and other information.

 

How do I find out who owns a piece of property?

Call Multnomah County Assessment and Taxation Division at 503-988-3326 or learn more here.

 

How do I find old permits for my house or business?

Call the Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7660 or go to http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=36663. You can also search your address on www.PortlandMaps.com for available historic permits.

 


Contact Information
Archives & Records
1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550
Portland, OR 97201
phone: 503-865-4100 (new)

 

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