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State Offices

California Department of Public Health
Licensing and Certification Division

Office of Vital Records - MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
Phone: (916) 445-2684
Email: ovrmail@cdph.ca.gov
California Relay: 711/1-800-735-2929
Website

The Office of Vital Records (OVR) is the State Registrar for the State of California. It is a closed records post, so only a select few individuals are allowed access to authorized copies of vital records including the registrant, immediate family members, spouses and legal representatives.

Earliest Recorded Data:

  • Birth Records & Death Records from 1905 up to the present
  • Marriage Records from 1905 up to 1986
  • Marriage Records from 1987 up to 1995
  • Divorce Records from 1962 up to 1984

Remarks: In order to receive the Certified Copy, you must sign and notarize the Sworn Statement declaring under penalty of perjury that you are authorized by law.

Authorized Copy - An "Authorized Certified Copy" of a birth record is required to obtain a driver's license, passport, social security card and other services related to an individual's identity.

Informational Copy - Those who are not authorized may receive an "Informational Certified Copy" with the words "Informational, not a valid document to establish identity" imprinted across the face of the copy. Informational copies will be mailed within 15 working days.

Correcting or Amending Vital Records - Corrections and amendments to vital records are governed by California statutes and administrative codes. The Office of Vital Records must abide by these laws when making amendments and corrections.

VitalCheck

Secured online applications to request for vital records, which accepts all major credit card payments, can be made through VitalCheck with an additional charge for their service.

Vital Records

Birth

Location:
California Department of Public Health
Licensing and Certification Division

Office of Vital Records - MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
Phone: (916) 445-2684
Email: ovrmail@cdph.ca.gov
California Relay: 711/1-800-735-2929
Website

Birth records are typically only available to the individual named, the parents or legal guardian, or a legal representative. Knowing the exact birth date and/or the person's full name will narrow the search.

Fee: $16.00
Time-frame: Since July 1905
Notes: In order to obtain a Certified Copy you must complete the sworn statement included with the death certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury, and your sworn statement must be notarized.

Remarks: For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred.

Adoptions

The Court Report of Adoption is the official form used to report adoptions to vital records office. The State Registrars prepare a new birth certificate for an adopted child after receiving the certified Court Report of Adoption.

Registration Fee: $20.00 for out-of-state adoptions
Certification Fee: $16.00
Notes: The county clerk of the California Superior Court granting the adoption is required to complete the Court Report of Adoption and send it to the Office of Vital Records.

Remarks: The new birth certificate will be prepared by the Office of Vital Records in the child's state of birth.

Adjudication of Facts of Paternity/Parentage

The Acknowledgement of Paternity form must be signed by both parents.

Processing Fee: $20.00
Certification Fee: $16.00
Notes: If a parent is unavailable, refuses to sign the Acknowledgement of Paternity form, or is deceased, you will need to go to court, and the court will decide (adjudicate) the existence or nonexistence of the parent and child relationship.

Remarks: The Office of Vital Records cannot remove the existing father and add the new father on a registered certificate without the court order of adjudication. You will have to petition the Superior Court in your county of residence (which doesn't have to be in California).

Acknowledgement of Paternity/Parentage

The Declaration of Paternity can only be used by unmarried couples to establish the paternal relationship with the child.

Processing Fee: $20.00
Certification Fee: $16.00
Notes: The average processing time to receive a Certified Copy of birth certificate is 18 weeks. But you can get a copy much faster from the County Recorder in the county where the birth took place.

Death

Location:
California Department of Public Health
Licensing and Certification Division

Office of Vital Records - MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
Phone: (916) 445-2684
Email: ovrmail@cdph.ca.gov
California Relay: 711/1-800-735-2929
Website

Fee: $12.00
Time-frame: Since July 1905
Notes: For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred.

Fetal Death

Certification Fee: $9.00 per copy
Notes: Fetal death records have been maintained in the Office of the State Registrar of Vital Records since July 01, 1905.

Remarks: Provide all the available information you have to identify the fetal death record. If the information you furnish is incomplete or inaccurate, the office may not be able to locate the record.

Still Birth

Certification Fee: $20.00 per copy
Notes: As of January 1, 2008, only a parent (mother and/or father can obtain a Certified Copy of a Certificate of Still Birth.)

Remarks: Provide all the available information you have to identify the fetal death record. If the information you furnish is incomplete or inaccurate, the office may not be able to locate the fetal death record, which is the record from which the information to complete the Certificate of Still Birth must be obtained.

Marriage

California Department of Public Health
Licensing and Certification Division

Office of Vital Records - MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
Phone: (916) 445-2684
Email: ovrmail@cdph.ca.gov
California Relay: 711/1-800-735-2929
Website

Certification Fee: $14.00 per copy
Time-frame: Since 1949
Notes: The fastest way to obtain a marriage certificate is through the County Recorder in the county where the license was issued.

Confidential Marriage Records

Notes: A confidential marriage is called as such because it can be performed only for two parties who have been living together as spouses.

Remarks: Only the two parties involved can get a copy of the confidential marriage certificate (confidential marriage records are not open to public inspection except with a court order).

Divorce

California Department of Public Health
Licensing and Certification Division

Office of Vital Records - MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
Phone: (916) 445-2684
Email: ovrmail@cdph.ca.gov
California Relay: 711/1-800-735-2929
Website

Fee: $13.00
Time-frame: Since 1962
Notes: Contact the Clerk of Superior Court in county where the divorce was granted.

Remarks: For all other years or for a copy of the decree, contact the Superior Court in the county where the event occurred.

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