Vital records are confidential. Only individuals who have what is called a "direct and tangible interest" in the records can access them. This includes:
Firms, agencies, or individuals requesting information for commercial purposes are not considered to have direct and tangible interest.
Please note that is illegal to inspect or disclose information contained in vital records, or to copy or issue a copy of all or part of any vital record except as authorized by the Office of Vital Records (more). Any person who uses false statements to obtain a vital record may be fined up to $1,000, imprisoned for up to a year, or both. (more)