Birth Certificates

Pursuant to California Health & Safety Code 102400, each live birth which occurs within California must be registered with the local registrar for the district in which the birth occurred, within 10 days following the date of the birth. Birth certificates submitted for registration beyond the 10 day mandate may be accepted by the local registrar, but they must be properly registered within one year of the date of birth. Birth Certificates may be obtained in person or by mail.  E-mail requests will not be honored. 

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There are two types of birth certificates available:

1.     Authorized Certified Copy - Authorized Individuals only, Notarized Sworn Statement required.

2.     Informational Certified Copy - All other individuals, no Sworn Statement required.

To obtain a Birth Certificate IN PERSON

The Office of Vital Records can provide birth certificates from 1958 – present only. 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 Identity.'

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. Credit and debit cards are accepted through VitalChek with a $2.50 convenience fee.

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

Office Location:

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

To Obtain a Birth Certificate BY MAIL

To request an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a Birth Certificate, you need to completely fill out the  Application for Certified Copy of Birth Record and Sworn Statement and Certificate of Acknowledgement. Be sure to indicate in which category you qualify as an authorized person and 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.

For an INFORMATIONAL CERTIFIED COPY of a Birth Certificate, you need only to completely fill out the Application for Certified Copy of Birth Record. There is no need of completing and notarizing the second page of the application is you are requesting an INFORMATIONAL COPY. Forward the signed request and payment to the address below.

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 MS P529
3851 Rosecrans Street. Suite 802
San Diego, CA 92110

If you would like information on how to correct a vital record or amend a birth certificate, please refer to the California Department of Public Health site.

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

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