California Birth Index Index, 1905 to 1995

The California Birth Records Index covers birth records between 1905 and 1995 and totals 24,112,453 available birth records. These were obtained from the Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the California Department of Public Health. To obtain additional information on the functions of this department, visit them online at the California Department of Public Health Center for Health Statistics .

Information Available In This Collection

The California Birth Records Index will typically yield the full name of the child, along with the date of birth, mother's maiden name, the gender of the child and the county where the birth occurred. Any missing information is due to an incomplete source record.

About the California Department of Public Health Center for Health Statistics

The California Department of Public Health Center for Health Statistics acts as the state's central repository for all vital records that occurred after 1905, which totals over 45 million vital records. This central repository of vital records includes birth certificates and records, as well as marriage and divorce records, fetal death and still births, adoptions and death records.

The Center for Health Statistics is also responsible for processing requests for certified copies of these vital records and also has a process for correcting vital records, including changing paternity on birth certificates. Over 120,000 vital record copies are requested every year, and the staff is striving to enter all vital records into a digital database for easier retrieval and safer storage.

California is a closed records state, meaning that the Center for Health Statistics will not distribute a request for an authorized copy of a birth certificate, or any other vital record, to the general public. To order an authorized copy, suitable for identification, of a birth certificate, only the person named on the birth certificate, a blood-related person or spouse, a law enforcement official, or someone with a court order may submit a request. The public, however, is entitled to an informational birth record that will give basic information considered public, instead of an official copy.

To request a copy of a birth certificate from the Center for Health Statistics, you must fill out an application and mail it in. Telephone and in person requests are not permitted. The processing time for a mailed request is typically six weeks. If an individual needs an expedited birth certificate, a request should be made to the county recorder's office where the birth happened. To get more information on requesting a birth record from the Center for Health Statistics, visit:

California Department of Public Health Center for Health Statistics
PO Box 997410
Sacramento, California 95899
916-445-2684


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