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Obtaining Certified Copies of ​​Birth Certificates

The California Department of Public Health – Vital Records (CDPH-VR) maintains a permanent, public record of every birth that has occurred in California since July 1905.

Processing Times for Birth Certificates

CDPH-VR's estimated processing times for certified copies of birth certificates are listed below, which may occasionally increase as the volume of requests increases. The processing time begins when CDPH-VR receives your request. County Recorder Offices can sometimes process requests faster than CDPH-VR.

If birth occurred:

1905 – 1957

Electronic Submission 1.5 to 2 Weeks
Mail-In Request 2.5 to 3 Weeks

1958 – Present

Electronic Submission 1.5 to 2 Weeks
Mail-In Request 2.5 to 3 Weeks

Requesting a Certified Copy


Electronic Submission


​Mail-In Request

County Clerk/Recorder

*Event must have occurred in county selected


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