ONLINE SERVICE INFORMATION
Our online service is open to the legal profession and general public to obtain original certified copies of state vital records. Vital certificates and forms may be ordered from the relevant government agency for free or a lesser cost. No visit to the government agency is required through Vital Certificate Processing Services' online ordering service. The online processing fee is for the cost of providing a secure online ordering service, expert assistance and thorough review of all pertinent information to ensure compliance with government rules and regulations.
Certificate processing and delivery times vary by county and method of delivery. Total processing and delivery time is available on the order form after you have selected the city of birth.
You may request up to 5 copies of the same record per order through this website. Additional fees will apply.
A maiden name is your last name prior to marriage.
If you have had a legal name change, California vital records will be changed to reflect this. Use your current legal name to apply. Please note that assuming your spouse’s last name is not a legal name change.
California Birth Records
Authorized copies may only be obtained by those individuals that meet the eligibility requirements set out below. Anyone may order an informational copy.
Only informational copies may be ordered through this website for births that occured in the following counties: Alpine County, Amador County, Butte County, Colusa County, Del Norte County, Kings County, Lake County, Mariposa County, Modoc County, Mono County, Orange County, San Mateo County, Sierra County, Siskiyou County, Solano County, Stanislaus County, Yolo County.. If the birth occured in one of the above counties and you require an authorized birth certificate please contact the county recorder directly to place your order.
All applicants must submit a Sworn Statement and notarized Certificate of Acknowledgment before the order will be processed, forms and instructions will be provided upon completion of your online order.
California law defines individuals who can obtain an authorized copy of a birth certificate as:
If you cannot obtain an authorized copy under California law, you can obtain an informational copy. An informational copy contains the same information as an authorized copy, but will have a legend across the face with the statement "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY." Authorized and informational copies are both “certified copies.”
California Death Records
All applicants must submit a Sworn Statement and notarized Certificate of Identity before the order will be processed, forms and instructions will be provided upon completion of your online order. Individuals permitted to receive authorized, certified copies of Los Angeles County death certificates are listed below.
Anyone can order informational copies of Los Angeles County death certificates. No documentation required.
California Marriage Records
Through this website copies of public marriage records may only be obtained by the parties of the marriage.
California Divorce Records
Copies of California divorce records are not available for order on this website at this time.
Yes. Authorized certificates ordered through this website are certified photocopies of the original record with the embossed Seal of California.
An authorized certified copy of a birth certificate is accepted by all state and federal agencies as legal proof of birth and citizenship. It can typically be used for travel, passport, proof of citizenship, social security, driver's license, school registration, personal identification and other legal purposes.
An informational certified copy is not a valid document to establish identity (see question #3).
A certified copy of a marriage certificate can typically be used as proof of marriage and other legal purposes. This is not a copy of the marriage license.
A certified copy of a death certificate can typically be used to obtain death benefits, claim insurance proceeds, notify social security and other legal purposes.
The California Department of Public Health may require that you provide documentation to verify your identity for your protection and to establish your relationship with the subject of the certificate (i.e. if requesting a spouse’s birth certificate, a certified copy of your marriage record may be required). You will receive an order confirmation email in one to three business days. If identification is required, this email will contain a link with instructions to upload or fax your identification. Once your documents have been submitted, it will take 24-48 hours for approval. On approval your certificate will be sent to you directly from the government agency. If the agency has any questions or needs to verify any information provided, you will be contacted.
If you do not have a valid government issued photo ID, you will not be able to place an order through this website. Please contact the California Department of Public Health directly for more information about how to obtain a vital certificate without identification.
Submitted incorrect information? Please email us as soon as possible at [email protected].
We are a service oriented business, committed to the highest quality in customer service. We cannot provide refunds or cancel an application for any of our services as all vital record applications are reviewed and processed upon receipt.
Prices differ by county. The total cost of your vital record will appear on the order form after you have selected the city of birth.
Payment may be provided by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or debit credit card.
The government agency issuing your certificate requires certain information to process your request. If you cannot obtain the information required, you may wish to discuss this in person or by mail with the vital records office responsible for the certificate.
City not listed: Based on information from the United States Postal Service, some cities no longer exist and they may have been replaced with a new name or joined with a neighboring city or town.
If the city where the event occurred is not listed in the drop down list, you can use the link below to the United States Postal Service web site to verify if the city has changed their name or has joined with a neighboring city:
1. Enter the city and the two letter state abbreviation.
2. Click on the submit button.
County not listed: One helpful online resource in narrowing your search is Zipinfo.com's Free Zip Code Lookup. Follow the instructions below:
1. Click on the box that says "county name and FIPS code".
2. Enter the city and the state below in the field below (i.e. Buffalo, NY).
3. Click "go".
The county and other details will be displayed on the following page.
Use adoptive names, unless there has been a legal name change.
Please contact us to obtain an update on your order.
Submit a question to our customer service department.