I Want a Copy-California

Event
Cost of Copy
Address
Remarks
Information checked and corrected 2 July 2012
Birth
$18.00
CA Department of Public Health - Vital Records
MS: 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred.

A personal check or money order should be made payable to California Department of Public Health - Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the California Department of Public Health website.

In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed.
If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies.

Death
$14.00
Same as Birth
The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred.

A personal check or money order should be made payable to California Department of Public Health - Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the California Department of Public Health website.

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. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed.

If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies.

Marriage (State)
$14.00
Same as Birth
State office only has indexes for public marriage certificates that occurred from 1949-1986 and 1998-1999. For all other years, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred; for confidential marriages, contact the County Clerk where the marriage license was issued. A personal check or money order should be made payable to California Department of Public Health - Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain a marriage certificate, as well as information about current processing times, is available via the California Department of Public Health website.

In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the marriage certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury, and your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicated that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed.

If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies.

Marriage (County)
Varies
See Remarks
Contact the County Recorder (for public marriages) or County Clerk (for confidential marriages) in the county where the license was issued. Contact information is available via the California Department of Public Health website.

Divorce (State) - Certificates of Record only.
$13.00
Same as Birth
A Certificate of Record includes only the names of the parties to the divorce, the filing date, the county where the divorce was filed, and the court case number - It is not a certified copy of the divorce decree and does not indicate whether the divorce was ever finalized in court. The California Department of Public Health - Vital Records only has information for divorces that were filed with the court between 1962 and June, 1984, and the processing times may exceed six months. For all other years or for a copy of the decree, contact the Superior Court in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to California Department of Public Health - Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain a divorce record, as well as current processing times, is available via the California Department of Public Health website.

Divorce (County) - Decrees
Varies
See Remarks
Contact the Clerk of Superior Court in county where the divorce was granted. Contact information is available via the California Department of Public Health website.