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Processing Times

Requests for Certified Copies

The California Department of Public Health – Vital Records (CDPH-VR) estimated processing times for certified copies of vital records are listed below, which may occasionally increase as the volume of requests increases. The processing time begins when CDPH-VR receives your request. County offices can sometimes process requests faster than CDPH-VR.

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 - 6 to 8 Weeks
  • Adjudication of Facts of Parentage - 6 to 8 Weeks
  • Adoption - 6 to 8 Weeks
  • Birth Amendment - 6 to 8 Weeks
  • Court Order Name Change - 6 to 8 Weeks
  • Death Amendment - 6 to 8 Weeks
  • Delayed Registration - 6 to 8 Weeks
  • Gender Reassignment - 6 to 8 Weeks
  • Marriage Amendment - 6 to 8 Weeks
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