Requests for Certified Copies
These are California Department of Public Health-Vital Records (CDPH-VR) estimated processing times for certified copies, which may occasionally increase as the volume of requests increases. The processing time begins when CDPH-VR receives your request. (County Recorder Offices can sometimes process requests faster than CDPH-VR). For important information regarding submitting your request to CDPH-VR, please see "Does CDPH Vital Records Have Your Record Yet?" (using the "Important Information" link at the bottom of this page).
If you are using the state application form, but are submitting your request to a county office for processing, please first check with the county office to confirm the county's certified copy fees, as they may be different from State fees. Refer to the "Directory of County Vital Record Offices" link below for county contact information.
Birth, Death, Fetal Death Records - 22 Business Days (updated 1/31/18)
Public Marriage Record:
Certificate of Record (Divorce) - Can exceed 6 months
Requests for Amendments
The estimated processing times for amendments are listed below. CDPH-VR processing times may occasionally increase as the volume of requests increases. The processing time begins when CDPH-VR receives your request.
Acknowledgement of Paternity - 3 to 4 Weeks
Adjudication of Facts of Parentage - 3 to 4 Weeks
Adoption - 3 to 4 Weeks
Birth Amendment - 3 to 4 Weeks
Court Order Name Change - 3 to 4 Weeks
Death Amendment - 3 to 4 Weeks
Delayed Registration - 3 to 4 Weeks
Gender Reassignment - 3 to 4 Weeks
Marriage Amendment - 3 to 4 Weeks