Who can request copies?

In order to protect personal information, Certified Authorized copies of vital records are only available to specific persons as outlined by California Health and Safety Code Section 103526 .

All other individuals may request Certified Informational copies of birth, death, and public marriage records. Certified Informational copies will be imprinted with "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY" across the face of the copy.

Note: Confidential marriage certificates are only available to the parties to the marriage and cannot be viewed by a third party without a court order.

Authorized Individuals Include:

  • The registrant or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of the registrant
  • An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant estate
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business

Additional Authorized Individuals for Death Certificate copies:

  • An individual described in paragraph (1) to (8), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of the Health & Safety Code 7100 . Agent under power of attorney for healthcare, surviving competent adult person respectively in the next degree of kinship, conservator of the person or person's estate.
  • Any agent or employee of a funeral establishment who acts within the course and scope of his or her employment and who orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivisions (a) of subdivision (a) of Section 7100.