California Vital Records

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records, MS: 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899
916-445-2684

The California Department of Public Health is the official address and site for how to find California Vital Records.

California Birth Certificates

  • California Department of Public Health has birth certificates for years since July 1905, copies can be certified but not embossed
  • copies can be obtained in writing or online at the California Department of Public Health website
  • copies can be obtained through VitalChek

California Death Certificates

  • California Department of Public Health has death certificates for years since July 1905, copies can be certified but not embossed
  • copies can be obtained in writing or online at the California Department of Public Health website
  • copies can be obtained through VitalChek

California Marriage Records

  • California Department of Public Health has marriage records for years 1949-1986 and 1998-1999, the state only has indexes for public marriage certificates and they no longer emboss certified copies
  • copies can be obtained in writing or online at the California Department of Public Health website
  • copies can be obtained through VitalChek
  • certified copies can be obtained from County Recorder in the county where the marriage license was issued (for public marriages) and the County Clerk in the county where the marriage license was issued (for private marriages)

California Divorce Records

  • California Department of Public Health has divorce records for years 1962-1984, a certificate of records will include the names of the parties to the divorce, the filing date, the county and case number, it is not a certified copy and doesn’t indicate if the divorce was ever finalized in court, and they no longer emboss certified copies
  • copies can be obtained in writing or online at the California Department of Public Health website
  • copies can be obtained through VitalChek
  • certified copies can be obtained from the Superior Court in the county where the divorce decree was granted

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