How Can You Obtain a Copy of Your Birth Certificate in California?

To order a copy of your own birth certificate in California, you must decide what type of copy you need (authorized or informational), fill out the correct form, pay the appropriate fee ($25 as of 2014), and mail in the request to the California Department of Public Health. Address requests to: CDPH Vital Records - MS 5103 P.O. Box 997410 Sacramento, CA 95899-7410. You can also order birth certificates in person at local County Recorders' offices, or by using an official vital records service such as VitalChek.

  1. Choose between an authorized and informational copy

    If you are ordering your own birth certificate, you can get either an authorized or an informational copy. Authorized copies are required for some purposes, though both are considered "certified." Authorized copies require sworn statements verified by a notary public.

  2. Fill out the form

    Download a copy of the application form from the California Department of Public Health website. Fill out the form.

  3. Pay the fee, and mail in the form

    Check the Department of Public Health website to determine the fee for your birth certificate. Pay the fee using a check or money order. Do not send cash. Send the fee and the application to the Vital Records address on the application. If you are requesting an authorized copy of your birth certificate, include your sworn and notarized statement with the application. If you were born in 1965 or later, you should receive your birth certificate in four weeks; older birth certificates take six weeks to arrive.