Birth Certificates


In accordance with the County of San Diego Health Officer Order regarding COVID-19, starting Monday March 23, 2020, we are adapting how all services are provided until further notice.

Vital Records requests available ONLINE or by MAIL:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates

Vital Records requests available by MAIL only:

  • Burial Permits

Other services provided by APPOINTMENT only:

  • Home Birth Registration
  • Medical Marijuana Identification Card

Vital Records phone and E-mail information services will remain available.

  • Main line: 619-692-5733
  • E-mail Contact:
  • Mailing Address: HHSA Office of Vital Records, 3851 Rosecrans Street, MS P529, San Diego CA 92110

For more information from the County of San Diego about the coronavirus disease and real-time updates please visit or sign up for text message updates by texting COSD COVID19 to 468-311.


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. 

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

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 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



To Obtain a Birth Certificate Online Through VitalChek

To request and purchase a birth certificate online, please visit the VitalChek website. *VitalChek is a third party website.

1.     Select Birth Certificate

2.     Complete the online application

3.     Pay fees by credit/debit card or electronic check

  • Certificate fee - $28 per copy for birth certificate
  • VitalChek processing fee $12.95
  • Shipping fee (no cost for regular mail or $19 for Express UPS overnight delivery)

For more information, please visit the VitalChek website or call 1-800-610-2260.


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.