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California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Apply for Birth Certificate. An authorized, certified California birth certificate can typically be used for travel, passport, proof of citizenship, social security, driver's license, school registration, personal identification and other legal purposes.

General Information: 916-445-2684

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Frequently Asked Questions

Informational pamphlets and copies of all our applications for certified copies of birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificates can be downloaded online.
A certified copy can be used to establish the identity of the person named on the certificate, whereas a certified informational copy CANNOT be used to establish identity. Persons who are not eligible to receive a certified copy can receive a certified informational copy. Both types of documents are certified copies of the original document on file with our office. Depending on the exact year of event, some Certified Informational Copies will have signatures and Social Security numbers removed.  For more information, please refer to the application of the vital record you are seeking, or view our page, Authorized Copy vs. Informational Copy.

Related Links

Application for Certified Copy of Birth Record

application to receive certified copies of birth records. All others ... The registrant ( person listed on the certificate) or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/ctrldforms/vs111.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Mar 23, 2016 ... How do I obtain an application to request a certified copy of a vital ... How do I add/remove the parent's/father's name on a birth certificate? https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/FrequentlyAskedQuestions.aspx

Out of Hospital Birth

During your child's life, he or she will need an official birth certificate. (certified copy) to: Obtain a Social Security Number. Apply for a Driver's License. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Documents/Out-of-HospitalBirthPackage-(01-14)-MERGED.pdf

Amending A Birth Certificate After A Court Order Name Change

Jan 1, 2014 ... certificate? You will need to complete an Application for Amendment of Birth. Record to Reflect Court Order Change of Name, VS 23 form. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Documents/CourtOrderNameChangePAMPHLET-(01-14)-MERGED.pdf

Certified Copies of Birth & Death Records

Oct 12, 2016 ... Before submitting your application to CDPH Vital Records, please view ... Application for Certified Copy of Birth Certificate (PDF) Opens a new ... https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CertifiedCopiesofBirthDeathRecords.aspx

Delayed Registration of Birth

Nov 1, 2010 ... Delayed Registration of Birth. January 2014. 2. Do I need to provide proof that I was born in California when applying for a delayed certificate? https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Documents/DelayedRegistrationofBirthPAMPHLET-(01-14)-MERGED.pdf

Correcting or Amending Vital Records

Feb 14, 2017 ... If you would like information on such subjects as how to correct a vital record or amend a birth certificate to reflect a legal name change, please ... https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CorrectingorAmendingVitalRecords.aspx

AB 1733

Jul 1, 2015 ... 2. Does AB 1733 only apply to birth records? Yes, AB 1733 is only for issuance of authorized live birth certificates. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/AB1733.aspx