Birth Certificates – Office of Vital Statistics – County of Sonoma

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Important:
Birth certificates are available only for “this year and last year” from the Vital Statistics Office.
Birth certificates for “past years” are available from the Sonoma County Clerks Office.
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:
You will need:
Payment:
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:
The California Department of Public Health maintains the most current versions of all forms related to amendments for birth certificates such as:
See  Correcting or Amending Vital Records » 
Not sure which form you need? Call the Office of Vital Statistics at • for more information. (707) 565-4407

Note: No fee transactions or document processing within 30 minutes of closing.
The Office of Vital Statistics is Closed due to COVID-19. 
Public Health Division
415 Humboldt St.

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