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Assembly Bill (AB) 1733 / 2490

Effective July 1, 2015, California law AB 1733 allows a homeless person, or a homeless child or youth, to be eligible to receive a copy of a birth record without a fee from a county, if the person, child, or youth:

  • Meets the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act definition of homeless person or homeless child or youth
  • Can verify homeless status

Effective January 1, 2019, California law AB 2490 requires the State Registrar to fulfill AB1733 requests. Customers may now apply at the state level as well.

Requests for birth records under these laws may be directed to the county where the birth occurred or to the State Registrar. Applicants must fulfill the requirements listed on the affidavit found below, to receive a free copy of a birth record. 

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