How to Find California Birth Records
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Statewide registration of births began in 1905 in California with general compliance by 1920.
Next Step: When did the birth occur?
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:|
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|
|California Birth Index, 1905-1995||FamilySearch - Free; index only, no images|
|California Births, 1905-1995||FamilyTreeLegends - Free; index only, no images|
|California Births, 1905-1995||SFgenealogy - Free; index only, no images|
|California Births, 1905-1995||VitalSearch-ca.com - $; index only, no images|
|California Births, 1996-2009||VitalSearch-ca.com - $; index only, no images|
|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|
|California Births, 1996-2009||FamilyRelatives.com - $; index only, no images|
|California Births, 1905-2009||FamilyRelatives.com - $; index only, no images|
|California Births, 1812-1988||FamilySearch - Free; incomplete index, no images|
|Can't find your ancestor in the index?||Tips for searching indexes|
|No birth record for your ancestor?||Other records with birth information|
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.