Skip to main content Skip to site navigation

Birth & Death Certificates

General information

Birth Certificates

Birth certificates are used for many official purposes such as Social Security, passport applications and school enrollment.

For birth certificates involving an adoption or legal name change, please contact the State of California Department of Health Services at (916) 445-2684.

General information

Death Certificates

Death certificates are needed for Social Security, life and health insurance and other time sensitive purposes. You can purchase a certified or informational only copy of a death certificate in person or by mail.

Who Can Request and Receive an Authorized Certified Copy of a Death Certificate?

The law is very strict about who may request and receive authorized certified copies of death certificates. Its intent is to protect an individual’s privacy. That’s why only those listed below are authorized to obtain certified copies of death certificates.