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Obtaining Certified Copies of Fetal Death & Still Birth Records

CDPH Vital Records only accepts orders submitted by mail.  Please follow the 5 Steps listed below to place your order.
Step 1 – Download pamphlet for obtaining certified copies of fetal death and still birth records  

Pamphlet for Certified Copy of Fetal Death or Still Birth Certificate (PDF)Opens a new browser window.

 

Step 2 – Download and complete the application form

Application for Certified Copy of Fetal Death Record (PDF)Opens a new browser window.

Application for Certified Copy of Still Birth Record (PDF)Opens a new browser window.

 

Step 3 – Determine certified copy fee 

A certified copy fee must accompany all requests for copies of vital records.  Requests received without the appropriate fee will be returned to the sender.  Make your check or money order payable to CDPH Vital Records.  Checks must be drawn on a United States bank.  Money orders must be drawn on a United States bank or issued by the United States Postal Service.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH BY MAIL.  CDPH cannot be held responsible for fees paid that are lost, misdirected, or undelivered. 

If no record is found, we will issue a Certificate of No Public Record and retain the fee for the search according to State law. 

 

Step 4 – Vital record fees

Vital Record Fees

 

Step 5 – Mail your request to Vital Records

Include completed application form, and check or money order for the certified copy fee.* 

PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH BY MAIL.  CDPH cannot be held responsible for fees paid that are lost, misdirected, or undelivered. 

Mail to:

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records - MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

If using a courier service that requires a physical address for delivery, please use the following address:

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records - MS 5103
1501 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814

*Note: Fees are deposited upon receipt.

 

NOTE: Concerning Confidential Information on Fetal Death Record

The bottom portion of the Fetal Death certificate (entitled "Confidential Information for Public Health Use") contains confidential personal information (race, occupation, and medical data - including pregnancy history).  Health and Safety Code Section 102430 allows this confidential information to be included on an authorized copy only when specifically requested by the mother listed on the certificate. Only the mother or father may request a certified copy of a Still Birth record.

 
 
Last modified on: 12/5/2013 2:27 PM