Find out who can request certified copies of birth / death certificates.
Birth & Death Registration provides certified copies of birth certificates for events occurring within 60 days of birth.
For hospital births, a certified copy of the birth certificate will be available for purchase after the original certificate has been registered, usually within 15 days after birth. For home births, a certified copy of the birth certificate will be available for purchase after in-person registration of the original certificate has been completed at the Birth and Death Registration office.
How to Register a Birth
Children born in a hospital will be automatically registered. If your child was born at home, you must register the birth at the Birth & Death Registration office. Please call to schedule an appointment at (714) 480-6712. You will be informed as to which documents to bring with you. These documents will be used to verify proof of pregnancy and residence.
Certified copies of birth certificates within 60 days after a birth occurring in Orange County may be purchased in person at the Birth and Death Registration office located at:
1200 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Payment can be made by cash, personal check, cashier's check or money order. The fee for each certified copy of a birth certificate is $23.00.
Copies of birth certificates requested more than 60 days after the birth may be obtained from the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department.
Obtaining a Birth Certificate by Mail
Certified copies of birth certificates may be purchased by mail within 60 days of a birth occurring in Orange County. The fee for a birth certificate is $23.00. Please include a stamped, self-addressed business-size or manila envelope with your order.
Select an option below to print the application form (PDF file):
The form must be completed, notarized and returned with your payment to:
County of Orange Health Care Agency
Birth and Death Registration
P.O. Box 234
Santa Ana, CA 92702-0234
Please send Fed-Ex or certified mail to:
1200 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For further information, please call (714) 480-6700.
Note: For birth certificates involving a legal name change, please contact the State of California Department of Health Services at (916) 445-2684.
Obtaining a Birth Certificate After 60 Days of Birth
Certified copies of birth certificates may be purchased in person or by mail from the County of Orange Clerk-Recorder if the birth occurred in Orange County.
County of Orange Clerk-Recorder provides certified copies of birth certificates for events dating back to 1889.
You can access their web site at www.ocrecorder.com or call them at (714) 834-2500.
How to Amend a Birth Certificate
To correct information on a birth certificate, other than a name change, you must submit an affidavit to the State Office of Vital Records. Birth and Death Registration can aid in the process. Please call for assistance at (714) 480-6700. Affidavits are sent to the State Department of Vital Records in Sacramento for processing and may take as long as 8 months to be completed. The corrected birth certificate will be more than one page because the original certificate cannot be altered.
Changing the name on the birth certificate must be completed through the court system. The child's last name can be changed to the last name of the natural father by both parents completing an "Acknowledgment of Paternity" form and a "Declaration of Paternity" form for births since 1997.
If the parents of a child are not legally married, the father's name will not be added to the birth certificate. The father may have his name placed on the birth certificate by either having the Declaration of Paternity and an Acknowledgment of Paternity forms signed by both parents or by going to court. Birth and Death Registration can provide you with both of these forms. A fee of $20.00 is payable to the State Office of Vital Records when submitting an Acknowledgment of Paternity form. There is no fee for submitting a Declaration of Paternity form and it is required for all births that occurred since 1997. Declaration of Paternity forms are available at no charge from:
- The hospital where the baby was born
- Orange County Department of Child Support Services
1055 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
- All District Attorney offices
- County welfare department offices
- Offices of local registrars of births and deaths