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Vital records


Effective October 1, 2020, there will be a new federal law (REAL ID Act) regarding driver licenses that may affect many individuals. CDPH encourages customers to review the requirements to obtain a Real ID driver license. The requirements may include obtaining a copy of a birth and/or marriage certificate and possibly amending a record for accuracy. Checking the requirements with your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may help you plan and minimize potential delays to obtaining required documentation.

For more information regarding the requirements for California's REAL ID, please visit DMV's REAL ID Interactive Checklist.

Please review CDPH Vital Records' current Processing Times.

Certified Copies of Vital Records 

The California Department of Public Health – Vital Records (CDPH-VR) maintains birth, death, fetal death/still birth, marriage, and divorce records for California. Services provided by CDPH-VR include issuing certified copies of California vital records and registering and amending vital records as authorized by law.

Obtaining vital records:


Amending vital records:

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