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California Birth Certificates - How to Order a California Birth Certificate Copy

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California birth certificates are permanent public records that can be used as proof of individual identity. They are registered and recorded by the County Recorder’s Office in the county where the birth took place. Since July 1, 1905, California birth certificates have been maintained by the Office of Vital Records at the California Department of Public Health. If an individual has lost a birth certificate or simply needs a replacement, copies of birth records can be ordered through the California Department of Public Health.

In order to reduce identity theft, a law passed on July 1, 2003 defined two types of birth certificate copies: certified copies and certified informational copies. Both California birth certificate copies have the same information, however, only certified copies can be used to establish identity. Certified informational copies are marked with a legend stating, “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity.” Only authorized persons can request a certified copy of a birth certificate. Those authorized include the individual named on the certificate, parent of the individual, certain family members, spouse or domestic partner, law enforcement or government agency official conducting official business, or another individual stated as a result of a court order. Anyone who is not authorized may only request a certified informational copy of the birth certificate.

To order a certified copy of a California birth certificate, an application, sworn statement, and processing fee must be submitted to the Office of Vital Records at the California Department of Public Health. The application for ordering a birth certificate can be found at www.cdph.ca.gov. It is important that the application be fully completed in order for it to be accepted and processed. A notarized sworn statement declaring the individual is entitled by law to receive a certified copy of the birth certificate must be sent with the application. The sworn statement is not required if only a certified informational copy is being requested. A processing fee of $14 per copy requested is also required. This is a non-refundable fee by law. The completed application, sworn statement, and processing fee should be mailed to:

California Office of Vital Records
MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Once the application has been received, the average processing time for birth certificate copies is 14 weeks. If the applicant needs the certificate sooner, it can be requested through the County Recorder’s Office from which the birth certificate was originally recorded. If the birth certificate requested can not be found, a Certificate of No Public Record will be sent to the applicant.

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