How to Find California Birth Records

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With full names, exact dates and places (from your records or the index above) of an event, you can order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from the [http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/ObtainingVitalRecordsFromCountyOffices.aspx local county offices], [http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CertifiedCopiesofBirthDeathRecords.aspx Office of Vital Records], or [https://www.vitalchek.com/birth-certificates/california VitalChek].<br>  
 
With full names, exact dates and places (from your records or the index above) of an event, you can order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from the [http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/ObtainingVitalRecordsFromCountyOffices.aspx local county offices], [http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CertifiedCopiesofBirthDeathRecords.aspx Office of Vital Records], or [https://www.vitalchek.com/birth-certificates/california VitalChek].<br>  
  
{{Tip|'''''Los Angeles''''' birth certificates from 1905-1930 are available on microfilm through the {{FHL|347815|subject|disp=Family History Library}}.}}  
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{{Tip|'''''Los Angeles''''' birth certificates from 1905-1930 are available on microfilm through the {{FHL|347815|subject_id|disp=Family History Library}}.}}  
  
 
<br> '''''Restrictions for ordering California birth certificates:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the birth certificate, you must be:  
 
<br> '''''Restrictions for ordering California birth certificates:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the birth certificate, you must be:  

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How to Find United States Birth Records Gotoarrow.png California Births

Statewide registration of births began in 1905 in California with general compliance by 1920.

Next Step: When did the birth occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's birth record:

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Births before 1905

Before 1905, no births were recorded by the county or state. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.

  Records that give birth information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Bible Records
Church Records
Census
Military Records
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Births after 1905

In 1905, statewide registration of births began in California. If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in other records.

For births that exist during this time period, try the following databases:

Includes Index Only
Try 1st:
California Birth Index, 1905-1995 FamilySearch - Free; index only, no images
Try 2nd:
California Births, 1905-1995 FamilyTreeLegends - Free; index only, no images
Try 3rd:
California Births, 1905-1995 SFgenealogy - Free; index only, no images
Try 4th:
California Births, 1905-1995 VitalSearch-ca.com - $; index only, no images
Try 5th:
California Births, 1996-2009 VitalSearch-ca.com - $; index only, no images
Try 6th:
At FamilySearch Centers/Libraries:
California Birth Index, 1905-1995 Ancestry Library edition - free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center includes digital images
Use Your Ancestry subscription:

California Birth Index, 1905-1995 Ancestry subscription - $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry
Try 7th:
California Births, 1996-2009 FamilyRelatives.com - $; index only, no images
Try 8th:
California Births, 1905-2009 FamilyRelatives.com - $; index only, no images
Next try:
California Births, 1812-1988 FamilySearch - Free; incomplete index, no images
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Obtain the Certificate

With full names, exact dates and places (from your records or the index above) of an event, you can order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from the local county offices, Office of Vital Records, or VitalChek.


Restrictions for ordering California birth certificates:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The child of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person on the certificate
  • The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above.

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

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