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Birth Certificates

Birth certificates for this year and last year only are available from the Office of Vital Statistics.

Birth certificates for all years are available from the Sonoma County Clerk's Office.

Who May Apply for a Certified Birth Certificate?

A certified birth certificate is used to establish identity for legal purposes. California state laws help protect against identify theft by allowing only an authorized person to receive a certified copy of a birth certificate. Those who are authorized by law to receive a certified copy of a birth certificate are:

  • The registrant;
  • A parent or legal guardian of the registrant;
  • A party entitled to receive the certificate as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth certificate in order to comply with the requirement of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code;
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business (companies representing a government agency must provide authorization from the government agency);
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of the registrant; and
  • An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute, or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant's estate. (If you are requesting a certified copy under a power of attorney, please include a copy of the power of attorney with the application form.)

Get a Certified Birth Certificate

In person. You need:

  • One completed application form for each person's birth certificate.You may request multiple copies of each person's birth certificate.
  • Photo ID.
  • Sign the "Sworn Statement" (page 2 of the application) in front of the clerk.
  • Payment by cash, check,  money order, Visa or MasterCard credit card, or debit card.
    • Fee: $28 per certificate.

By mail. You need:

  • One completed application form for each person's birth certificate.You may request multiple copies of each person's birth certificate.
  • The "Sworn Statement" (page 2 of the application) notarized by a Notary Public.
  • Payment by check or money order, payable to Sonoma County Department of Health Services. If paying by credit or debit card, call the Office of Vital Statistics at (707) 565-4407 to provide your payment information.
    • Fee: $28 per certificate.

By fax. You need:

  • One completed application form for each person's birth certificate.You may request multiple copies of each person's birth certificate.
  • Copy of your photo ID.
  • The "Sworn Statement" (page 2 of the application) notarized by a Notary Public.
  • Payment by credit or debit card. Call the Office of Vital Statistics at (707) 565-4407 to provide your payment information.
    • Fee: $28 per certificate.

Get a Certified "Informational Copy" Birth Certificate

A certified "informational copy" of a birth certificate is a copy of a birth certificate that cannot be used to establish identify and is marked "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY." A certified "informational copy" of a birth certificate is not accepted for any legal purpose, such as school enrollment or obtaining a drivers license or a passport.

If you need a copy for a legal purpose, you must obtain a  certified birth certificate.

In person, by mail or by fax. You need:

  • One completed application form for each person's birth certificate. You may request multiple copies of each person's birth certificate.
  • Payment by cash, check, money order, Visa or MasterCard credit card, or debit card.
    • Fee: $28 per certificate.

Update a Birth Certificate

If there is incorrect or missing information on your child's birth certificate, you may make a request for an amendment. The Office of Vital Statistics can assist in preparing or requesting amendments to birth certificates for all years of birth.

Not sure which form you need? Call the Office of Vital Statistics at (707) 565-4407 for more information.

Contact Information

Office of Vital Statistics

Public Health Division

Health Services

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Closed daily 1:00 - 1:30 PM

Contact us by Phone
Address

Public Health Division

415 Humboldt St.

Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Related Links

Sonoma County Clerk's Office
Provides local birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates for all years.

Directory of County Registrars and Recorders
Locate the registrar for the county where your event took place.

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