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Vital Records

Obtaining Heirloom Birth Records 

​​The California Department of Public Health ​– Vital Records (CDPH-VR) maintains a permanent, public record of every birth that has occurred in California since July 1905.​ Heirloom birth records are purely for genealogical or keepsake purposes and are not considered legally valid to establish identity. California Heirloom Birth Certificates are printed on 11" x 14" border engraved paper with a gold seal. 

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Your purchase of the Heirloom Birth Certificate:
  • ​​​Benefits the California Children’s Trust Fund. The State Children’s Trust Fund (SCTF) was established as a separate fund in the state treasury in 1983 for the purpose of child abuse and neglect prevention.
  • Makes an ideal gift for milestone occasions such as anniversaries, graduations, birthdays, and new parents.

Request​​ing a Copy


Heirloom Birth Records are $44 per copy.

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 help reposible for fees paid that are lost, misdirected, or undelivered.

Processing Times

The processing time begins when CDPH-VR receives your request. CDPH-VR's current processing time is 10 to 12 weeks. 

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