How to Get Copies of Birth Certificates in Norwalk, California

By Jackie Whalen
All babies born in California since 1905 have birth certificates kept by the Office of Vital Records.

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The Office of Vital Records in California maintains birth certificates for every person born in California since July of 1905. There are currently more than 50 million birth certificates on file. Certified birth certificates can be obtained by a person, his or her parents, or an authorized individual such as a law enforcement official or an attorney. Certified copies are used to establish a person's identity. Informational copies are a matter of public record and are available to anyone, but they cannot be used to establish identity.

Complete the Application for Certified Birth Certificate. The application is available below under Resources.

Sign the Sworn Statement page of the application in front of a notary public and have it notarized.

Make a check or money order payable to the Office of Vital Records for $14.00 for the birth certificate.

Mail your application and check to: California Office of Vital Records MS 5103 P.O. Box 997410 Sacramento, CA 95899-7410.

You will receive your copy within 14 weeks.

About the Author

Based in Buffalo, N.Y., Jackie Whalen has been writing since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently a third-year law student.

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