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Correcting or Amending Vital Records 


The deadline to obtain a Real ID has been extended to May 3, 2023.

The REAL ID Act is a new federal law regarding driver’s licenses that may affect those individuals whose vital records do not match their driver’s licenses.  To prevent delays when applying for your driver’s license, you are encouraged to review your birth and/or marriage to make sure your name, sex, and date of birth are listed correctly.

In an effort to assist, CDPH has provided a list of common scenarios that require an amendment to the person’s birth and/or marriage certificate.  Please click on an event type below to determine if any of the scenarios apply to you.

*****Effective June 18, 2022, the Amendment Request Portal (ARP) will be used to create the Court Report of Adoption (VS 44) form*****

Requests to correct or amend vital records require:

  • A completed amendment application
  • Supporting documentation
  • Appropriate fee(s)
  • A notarized sworn statement completed by an authorized person – Only if requesting an authorized certified copy

NOTE: With the exception of Court Report of Adoption (VS 44) forms that are submitted by court clerks, if a notarized sworn statement is not received, an informational certified copy may be issued.  Please visit the Authorized Copy vs. Informational Copy webpage for a list of authorized persons.

For specific amendment requirements, please select the appropriate amendment type below.

Amending a California Vital Record:

Establishing a California Vital Record:

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