Georgia’s Sunshine Laws ensure that the principle of openness in the state is adhered to. Through the Constitution of Georgia, the common-law of Georgia, and other state statutes, most meeting and records are open to the public. The Open Records Law, one of the two laws that comprise the Peach State’s Sunshine Laws, provides the general public with broad access to governmental records and documents. Such implies that every member of the public is entitled to a right to see, inspect, and copy all records that are reckoned public as per the state’s statute.
All records prepared or maintained by state agencies including private entities in cooperation with public officials are considered public records and are subject to the Open Records Law. Vital records are included here. Thus, anyone who wishes to retrieve them for whatsoever licit intentions can do so by filing a request at the state’s central repository for vital records. It is at the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Georgia Department of Health where vital event registers are housed.