Contra Costa Clerk


Important Details about Birth Certificates

Did you know that the guidelines for ordering birth records are changing?

Due to the increased occurrence of identity theft, new laws were passed to protect birth and death records from misuse. These laws go into effect July 1, 2003. At this time, the steps necessary to obtain a birth or death record will change significantly.

Effective July 1, 2003, the California Health and Safety Code, Sections 103526, will permit only authorized individuals to receive certified copies of birth and death records. Those who are not authorized by law to receive certified copies will receive certified copies marked “INFORMATION, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY.”

 In the case of birth records, the new law describes an authorized person as:
• The registrant, parent or legal guardian of the registrant.

• A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record in order to comply with the requirements 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.

• A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.

• An attorney representing the registrant, the registrant’s estate, and person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant’s estate.

Where do I go?
- If the person was born in Contra Costa County, you may obtain a certified copy from this office; otherwise, contact the Recorder's office in the county of their birth. If the county is not known, or the person was adopted prior to 1994 or had a legal name change prior to 1994, please provide this information on the request and staff will order the certificate from the state.
If the County of the place of birth is unknown contact the State office of vital statistics (link below)
                                              Click here for fees related to a certified copy of a birth.

Copies of birth records may be obtained in person at the:
Contra Costa County Recorder’s Office
555 Escobar St.
Martinez, CA 94553

Need more information regarding Birth certificates?
You may call the office at: (925) 335-7900
Visit our office Monday through Friday 8AM – 4:30PM
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