Office of Vital Records and Statistics


 Birth Certificates

Birth Certificates may be obtained in person or by mail.  E-mail requests will not be honored. The Office of Vital Records and Statistics can help you obtain birth certificates that pertain ONLY to births that occurred in San Diego County over the previous 24 months. All other certified copies of birth certificates should be obtained through the County of San Diego Recorder's office.

Call the office at 619-692-5733 if you have questions - Se habla Español.

There are two types of birth certificates available:

  1. Certified Copy
  2. Informational Copy
To obtain a Birth Certificate IN PERSON

To obtain a certified birth certificate at our office, you will need to have the following information available when you arrive:

  1. The child's full name as stated on the birth certificate
  2. The mother's full MAIDEN name
  3. The child's date of birth
  4. The child's place of birth

For a regular certified copy, you will need to sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you are an authorized person. For definition of an Authorized Person, click "Authorized Individual" Effective July 1, 2003.

Those who are NOT authorized by law to receive a regular certified copy will receive a certified copy marked: 'Informational, Not a Valid Document To Establish Identiy.'

If you are in need of a full-body birth certificate, which includes confidential information section, or if you have an emergency (i.e. leaving the country or state, have an airline flight, or need to obtain a passport within 14 days of the birth), you must apply for a certified copy of the birth certificate at our office in person.

The cost for a certified copy of a birth certificate is $28.00. Payment may be cash, check, or money order payable to County of San Diego Public Health Services.

Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To Obtain a Birth Certificate BY MAIL

For an INFORMATIONAL COPY of a Birth Certificate, you need only to completely fill out the Application for Certified Copy of Birth Record. Forward the signed request and payment to the address below.

To request a regular CERTIFIED COPY of a Death Certificate, you need to completely fill out the Application for Certified Copy of Birth Record. Be sure to indicate in which category you qualify as an authorized person.  You will also need a Sworn Statement and Acknowledgement form. Be sure to sign the Sworn Statement in front of a Notary Public. We CANNOT process your request without this form.

NOTE: If you are requesting CERTIFIED COPIES, of more than one (1) individual, you may list their names in the box provided on the Sworn Statement and have just one (1) acknowledgement for all individuals. However, you MUST have a separate Application for Certified Copy of Birth Record for each individual.

The cost for either copy is $28.00. Payment may be check, money order, or cashier's check made payable to:County of San Diego Public Health ServicesDO NOT SEND CASH.

Office Mailing Address:

HHSA Office of Vital Records
3851 Rosecrans Street. Suite 802
San Diego, CA 92110

For birth certificates that are older than 24 months, you can visit the office of the County Recorder.

For the most frequently asked questions and answers on birth certificates or amendments read the Birth Certificates Q & A.

For more information send us an email or phone 619-692-5733.