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Correcting or Amending Vital Records 


The deadline to obtain a Real ID has been extended to October 1, 2021.

The REAL ID Act is a new federal law regarding driver’s licenses that may affect those individuals whose vital records do not match their driver’s licenses.  To prevent delays when applying for your driver’s license, you are encouraged to review your birth and/or marriage to make sure your name, sex, and date of birth are listed correctly.

In an effort to assist, CDPH has provided a list of common scenarios that require an amendment to the person’s birth and/or marriage certificate. Please click on an event type below to determine if any of the scenarios apply to you.

Birth Scenarios

Marriage Scenarios


To correct or amend a vital record, it is required to submit an amendment form.

Amending a California Vital Record:

Establishing a California Vital Record:

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