Copies of birth records for people born in the state of California are available through the California Department of Public Health. The application and all required documentation must be submitted through the mail.
A statement declaring the person requesting the birth certificate has the legal right to have the paperwork must accompany the application; this statement must be notarized. When processing time is a concern, it is possible to receive the certificate faster by going to the county registrar or recorder office in the county in which the birth took place. The registrar only keeps records for one year; after that, they are sent to the recorder.