Why would you need to own a copy of your California birth certificate?
There are multiple reasons why you should have a California birth certificate replacement. It’s often necessary or acceptable to present a birth certificate to fulfill certain legal requirements—for instance, when applying for a driver’s license, a marriage license, or a replacement Social Security card. If your birth certificate in California has been properly certified, it can be used for official identity verification in a wide variety of situations.
The best practice is to have a birth certificate copy on hand so you can easily pull it out whenever you run into a circumstance where it’s needed. However, a lot of people don’t have a file copy of their California birth certificate. It’s not uncommon for their California vital records to become lost over time.
Fortunately, FastFilings has everything you need to order a California birth certificate replacement.
How to Get a Birth Certificate in California
It takes just a few minutes to order certified copies of birth certificates through our online platform.
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Our error-checking service weeds out mistakes before your birth certificates are sent to you.
Who can Order
The individual who is the subject of the birth certificate
A parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, spouse, sibling, legal guardian, or domestic partner of the individual listed on the birth certificate
An individual with a court order that grants permission to obtain the individual’s birth certificate
An attorney or representative from a licensed adoption agency complying with Section 3140 or 7603 of the California Family Code
A representative from a law enforcement agency, or another type of government agency, on official business
An individual or agency appointed by the court or otherwise legally authorized to administer the estate of the person named on the birth certificate
An attorney representing the individual, or the estate of the individual, named on the birth certificate
A representative of a funeral establishment performing duties in compliance with HSC § 7100
The individual’s next of kin (as described in HSC § 7100)
California birth certificates include a confidential section that contains private medical and social data. This section can be released to requestors only if they fall into one of the following categories:
- The individual who is the subject of the birth certificate
- The parent whose signature is on the birth certificate (if none, this right is given to the mother)
- Someone who has formally petitioned to adopt the individual who is the subject of the birth certificate
If you do not meet the requirements to obtain an authorized California birth certificate replacement, then you can order what is known as a certified informational copy. This type of birth certificate copy may redact certain information, and unlike an authorized copy, it cannot be used legally to obtain a government-issued ID card (e.g., driver’s license). These birth certificates clearly display the words “Informational, Not a Valid Document to Establish Identity.”
How Long Does It Take to Receive a CA Birth Certificate?
Your order will be processed by FastFilings the same day it is received, but government agencies have their own processing schedules that we cannot influence.
At present, California Department of Public Health – Vital Records (CDPH-VR) lists the following processing times for mail-in birth certificate copy requests:
Births occurring in 1905-1957: 8-10 weeks
Births occurring in 1958-present: 8-10 weeks
Please keep in mind that these times are estimates only. Actual processing times can vary according to changes in the volume of orders that the office receives.
What Documents Do I Need?
To obtain an authorized copy, you must include a Sworn Statement that is signed by you and notarized. It requires you to swear under penalty of perjury that you are legally entitled to order a birth certificate. The Sworn Statement will be included with the application that will be mailed to you.
The Sworn Statement is not necessary if you are requesting an informational copy.
How to Order
How Much Will It Cost?
Until January 1, 2022, the fee for a certified copy of a California birth certificate is $25. Effective January 1, 2022, the fee will be raised to $27. This does not include processing fees charged by FastFilings.
With FastFilings in your corner, you don’t have to worry about how to obtain a CA birth certificate—just leave it all to us. Click the button on this page to begin the ordering process.