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Information that follows is from the Los
Angeles County Register-Recorder/County Clerk.
Birth, Death & Marriage Records Section
Under California law, only specific individuals are allowed to receive an Authorized Certified Copy of a birth, death or marriage record. An Authorized Certified Copy of a birth record is required to obtain a driver’s license, passport, social security card and other services related to an individual’s identity. Please see below for list of authorized individuals.
Those who are not authorized may receive an Informational Certified Copy with the words “Informational, Not a Valid Document to Establish Identity” imprinted across the face of the copy. Informational copies are not available same day. They will be mailed within 15 working days.
Records are available for births occurring in Los Angeles County since 1866. An Authorized or Informational certified copy of a death record will be provided for a $23 fee per copy. The fee is nonrefundable. A “No Record Statement” will be issued if the record is not found.
To request copies by mail, complete the Application for Birth Record (for mail only) (see below). You must also submit a notarized Certificate of Identity (see below) (if you do NOT live in California, please have the notary strike out California on the Certificate of Identity and put the state in which the form is notarized. It will be accepted with the change.). Include a pre-addressed stamped envelope with your request. Payment for mail requests can be made by check or money order payable to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. DO NOT SEND CASH. Out of state checks are accepted. Please ensure that you sign the application as well as the Certificate of Identity. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your request.
Mail request and fee to:
Most mail requests are processed within 15 working days from the date the request is received by this office. The processing time does not include the delivery time to and from the office, weekends or holidays.
If in need of faster turnaround on your request, you may place your request over the Internet if you have one of the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. Emergency orders will be processed within 10 working days of receipt of the Certificate of Identity. Credit card orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express Mail or UPS delivery if requested which costs an additional $20.00. A $6.00 special handling fee will be charged on all credit card orders in addition to the copy fee.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is unable to accept credit cards for online orders; however, online orders may be made with a credit card through a partnering independent company, VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through its website, www.vitalchek.com. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.
If you are from a government agency please call (562) 462-8102 to place an order.
Click here toPlace a Request Over the Internet.
Please Note: If you do not supply the necessary Certificate of Identity within 5 business days, your order will be cancelled and must be resubmitted.
No requests are accepted via telephone.
valid photo ID will be requested when a birth record is requested in-person.
Same-day service is available for births 1964 to present. Births prior to 1964
will be mailed within 20 working days.
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Locations:
The Norwalk Facility is open 8am-7pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month.
Payment for in-person requests can be made by cash, check or money order. If paying by check, valid identification (i.e., Driver's License) of the signer is required and must be presented at time of request. Out of state checks are accepted.
If you are requesting a copy of a birth record for a child who was adopted or had a legal name change, your written request should be sent to the California Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records - M.S. 5103, PO Box 997410, Sacramento, CA 95899-7410. The telephone number is (916) 445-2684. There is a $16 charge for each copy requested payable by check or money order to the office of Vital Records.
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