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Birth Certificate California

Getting a certified copy of your birth certificate in California is easier than you think. You just need to visit the California Department of Public Health website. Before you submit an application to CDPH Vital Records, however, you should check to see whether or not the processing times are amenable to how long you’re willing to wait. If not, the consider visiting the County Recorder’s Office in the county that you were born.

The CDPH Vital Records office only takes orders through the mail. So, you can follow the six steps listed on the website to get a certified copy of your birth certificate.

All copies issued by the State of California are certified copies. However, you need to distinguish if you’re getting a copy that’s authorized or what’s known as an informational copy. If you’re getting the former, then you must be the individual listed on the birth certificate, the person’s parents listed on the birth certificate, or other people specified by law.

Second, you need to download the pamphlet for procuring a certified copy of your birth certificate.

The third step is that you should download and fill out the application form, along with a sworn statement.

The fourth step is to get a notarized sworn statement. You must have a notary do the notarizing if you are getting an authorized copy.

You don’t need to get a notarized copy if you are just getting an informational copy, however. Unless you indicate that you are getting an informational copy on the form, the applications that get sent to the office lacking a notarized sworn statement will be sent back to the original sender.

The fifth step is that you need to include a certified copy fee. This is a fee that comes with every single request for vital records’ copies. Requests that come in without the fees will be sent back to the original mailer too. Therefore, you need to include a notarized sworn statement and a copy fee, at least. Don’t forget these essential elements. The money order or check needs to be made out to CDPH Vital Records. Checks have to come from a bank in the United States. Money orders have to come from a bank in the United States or by USPS.

You should not put cash money in the mail.

If there’s no record found, then they will issue you a Certificate of No Public Record.

The sixth step is to send in your request to CDPH Vital Records.

Mail the collective information, the application form, the sworn statement that’s notarized and the fee for the certified copy to California Department of Public Health.

You should never send cash in the mail. The California Department of Public Health can’t be held responsible for any fees that are undelivered, lost, stolen, or misdirected.

If you follow these steps, and follow through as requested, then you will received your certified copy of your birth certificate. It’s just a question of complying with the steps that the California Department of Public Health wants you to follow through with. It’s that simple.

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/pages/certifiedcopiesofbirthdeathrecords.aspx