How to Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate From Los Angeles, CA

By Kallie Johnson
Los Angeles County
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In Los Angeles County you can obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate in person or via mail. It is important to have a copy of a birth certificate because you need it to obtain a passport, to enroll children in public school, to prove age for youth sports, and to obtain a driver's license. Also, if your Social Security card is lost or misplaced, a copy of the birth certificate is required to replace it. One office in Los Angeles County handles birth record requests for births in 1964 or later; another office handles requests for birth records from 1866 through the current year.

Births in 1964 or Later

Go to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Vital Records Office to apply for a birth certificate for someone born from 1964 through the current year in Los Angeles County. The office is at 313 North Figueroa Street, Room Lobby-1 in Los Angeles, California. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fill out an application form. Download the application form from the website of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (lapublichealth.org). Provide the full name as stated on the birth certificate, the mother's full maiden name, the date of birth of the individual, and the place of birth for the individual. Be prepared to show a government-issued ID, such as a driver's license, a military ID, or a passport.

Sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you are an authorized person. An "authorized person" is the individual whose birth is recorded; a parent or legal guardian of the person whose birth is recorded; a party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order; a law enforcement or governmental agency, as provided by law, that is conducting official business; a child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the person whose birth is recorded; or an attorney representing the person or the estate of the person. Download the sworn-statement form from the website of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (lapublichealth.org). Get a notary public to notarize the sworn statement.

Pay $17 for each certified copy of the birth certificate you are requesting. You must have a check, money order, or cash, as the office does not accept credit cards or debit cards. Make check or money order payable to: Los Angeles County Vital Records Office.

Apply for the birth certificate by mail if you can't or don't want to go in person. Access the application and sworn statement online as before. Get a notary public to notarize the certificate of identity. Mail the application, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and $17 payment by check or money order to:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Vital Records Office Attention: Birth Section 313 North Figueroa Street, Room Lobby-1 Los Angeles, CA 90012

Births From 1866 to the Current Year

Go to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office to obtain a birth certificate in Los Angeles County for a person born from 1866 through the current year. Pick one of the three offices: Norwalk Register-Recorder/County Clerk Office, 12400 East Imperial Highway, Norwalk, California (open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday); East Los Angeles District Office, 4716 East Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, California (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday); LAX Airport District Office, 11701 South La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, California (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday).

Fill out an application form. Download the application form from the website of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder office (lavote.net). Provide the full name as stated on the birth certificate, the mother's full maiden name, the date of birth of the individual, and the place of birth for the individual. Be prepared to show a government-issued ID, such as a driver's license, military ID, or a passport.

Sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you are an authorized person--either the person whose birth record it is or a person authorized by law to obtain the record, as described above. Download the sworn-statement form from the website of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (lavotes.net). Get a notary public to notarize the sworn statement.

Pay $17 for each certified copy of the birth certificate you are requesting. You must have a check, money order, or cash. Make the check or money order payable to: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Apply for the birth certificate by mail if you can't or don't want to go in person. Access the application and sworn statement online as before. Get a notary public to notarize the certificate of identity. Mail the application, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and $17 payment by check or money order to:

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Birth, Death and Marriage Records Section P.O. Box 53120 Los Angeles, CA 90053