CDPH Vital Records

CDPH Vital Records - Obtaining Certified Copies of Birth & Death Records

You can request certified copies of Birth and Death certificates from California Department of Public Health. CDPH Vital Records maintains records for all Birth and Death events that occurred in the State of California. The typical processing time is 4 weeks ( about 28 business days). If the CDPH Vital record’s processing time doesn’t suit your timeframe, contact the County Record Office in the County where the birth/death took place. Check this post:-

How to obtain Certified copies from California County Recorder?. 

If you have no problem with the timeframe, continue this post to know how to get your certified copy from CDPH Vital Records.

Pay Attention:

You have to obtain a recently certified copy of your vital record if you want to Apostille it for use outside the United States.

How to request certified copy of California Vital Records from CDPH Vital Record Office?

CDPH accepts requests for certified copies through the mail. Follow these 5 steps to request your order fast and easy:-

  1. You have to obtain a  ” Certified Authorized Copy of Birth Certificate” if you want to Apostille it after that.  Know more about Authorized copy VS. Informational Copy.
  2. Complete Application for Certified copy of BirthDeath – Marriage Certificate- Do not forget to complete the  ” Sworn Statement Section in each Application.
  3. Notarize the ” Sworn Statement ” in front of a licensed Notary Public in the State of California.
  4. Prepare the appropriate fee for your request. You can pay using Check or Money Order, payable to “ CDPH Vital Records“. Please be noted that the following fee is per single document: Birth Certificate $25, Death Certificate $21, Fetal Death Certificate $18, Public Marriage Certificate $15, Dissolution of Marriage Certificate $14, Still Birth Certificate $24. 
  5. Prepare a package that includes your Application, Sworn Statement, Payment, Prepaid self-addressed return envelope and mail it to the following address:

P.O Address

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Physical Address

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
1501 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814

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