Birth Records

How to Obtain a Birth Certificate

Copies of birth certificates for Orange County births are available through the Clerk-Recorder Department 60 days after the date of birth. (Copies needed within 60 days may be obtained through the Orange County Health Care Agency. There are several ways to obtain certified copies of a birth certificate.

Obtaining a Birth Certificate in Person

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

Individuals appearing in person may order an authorized copy of a birth certificate, after presenting valid government-issued photo identification and signing a statement under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. Vital records (birth, marriage and death records) are available at our main office at the Hall of Records at the Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana (click here for hours and directions), at our North County Branch Office in Downtown Fullerton (click here for hours and directions) and at our South County Branch Office at the Laguna Hills Civic Center (click here for hours and directions). Payment can be made by cash, personal check, cashier's check, money order, Discover, American Express, MasterCard/Visa Credit and Debit.

Obtaining a Birth Certificate by Mail

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

A copy of a birth certificate can be obtained by mail if the birth occurred in Orange County, unless there has been an adoption or a legal name change within the last six months. . See the FEES page for the cost of certified copies. Orders are normally processed within 5 to 10 working days.

Mailed applications must include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. Applications are available at Online Forms. Use a separate application form for each requested record.

PLEASE NOTE: Only one notarized sworn statement is required for multiple certificates requested at the same time; however, the sworn statement must include the name of each individual whose record you wish to obtain, plus your relationship to that individual.

Mail requests to:

Orange County Clerk-Recorder
Attn: Vital Records
P.O. Box 238
Santa Ana, CA 92701 

Please make your checks payable to: Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department