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Obtaining Certified Copies of Fetal Death & Still Birth Records 

Note: Processing fees are deposited upon receiving your request. Please allow 3-4 weeks from the date of deposit to receive your vital record in the mail. CDPH Vital Records only accepts orders submitted by mail. 

Please follow the 4 Steps listed below to place your order.

Step 1 – Download pamphlet for obtaining certified copies of fetal death and still birth records 

Step 2 – Download and complete the application form

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 (CNPR) and retain the fee for the search according to State law.

Step 4 – Mail your request to CDPH Vital Records

 The Office of Vital Records sends all certificates via Standard Mail through the United States Postal Service.  If you would like to track the item once it leaves Vital Records office, please include a pre-paid, self-addressed certified envelope with the application (this is optional).  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: 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.

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