The Office of Vital Records is responsible for registering all births and deaths and issuing burial permits in Santa Barbara County. We also issue certified copies of Birth and Deaths for the current year and some previous years. Please see links below for information.
In an attempt to stop the illegal use of vital records, and as part of statewide efforts to reduce identity theft, a new law was established on July 1, 2013 to change the way certified copies of birth certificates are issued.Certified Copies to establish the identity of a registrant can be issued only to authorized individuals, as indicated below. All others will be issued Certified Informational Copies that are not valid to establish identity. Per California Health and Safety Code, Section 103526.
- The registrant, parent, or legal guardian of the registrant
- A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant
- A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney of 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 law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, conducting official business.
- An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate, or any other person or agency empowered by statue or appointed by a court to act on the behalf of the registrant or the registrant's estate.
- A funeral director or employee of a funeral establishment that orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive of subdivision (a) of Section 7100.