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Birth, Death and Marriage Records Section
P.O. Box 489
Norwalk, CA 90651-0489

Certificate Information.....................(800) 201-8999
Marriage License Information........(562) 462-2189


ATTENTION

Effective January 1, 2014, AB1053 authorizes an increase for a certified copy of a birth, marriage and death certificate. The fees are as following:

Birth from $23.00 to $28.00
Marriage from $14.00 to $15.00
Death from $16.00 to $21.00

BIRTH RECORDS

Mail Request:

Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 103526 only specific individuals are allowed to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a birth, death or marriage record. An AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a birth record is required to obtain a driver’s license, passport, social security card and other services related to an individual’s identity. Please see below for list of authorized individuals.

Those who are not authorized may receive an INFORMATIONAL CERTIFIED COPY with the words “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” imprinted across the face of the copy. Informational copies are not available same day. They will be mailed within 15 working days.

Individuals permitted to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY :

  • The registrant or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of the registrant
  • An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant estate

Records are available for births occurring in Los Angeles County since 1866. (If the birth occurred outside of L.A. County or California click here.) An Authorized or Informational certified copy of a birth record will be provided for an $28 fee per copy. The fee is nonrefundable; a “No Record Statement” will be issued if the record is not found. To request copies please submit an APPLICATION FOR BIRTH RECORD (for mail only). You must also submit a notarized Certificate of Identity (IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN CALIFORNIA, PLEASE HAVE THE NOTARY STRIKE OUT CALIFORNIA ON THE CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY AND PUT THE STATE IN WHICH THE FORM IS NOTARIZED. IT WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH THE CHANGE.). Include a preaddressed stamped envelope with your request. Payment for mail requests can be made by check or money order payable to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. DO NOT SEND CASH. Out of state checks are accepted. Please ensure that you sign the application as well as the Certificate of Identity. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your request.

Click here for APPLICATION FOR BIRTH RECORD (for mail only)
                    
Send request and fee to: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Birth Records PO Box 489 Norwalk, California 90651-0489

Most mail requests are processed within 15 working days from the date the request is received by this office. The processing time does not include the delivery time to and from the office, weekends or holidays.

Credit Card Request:

For those in need of fast turnaround time, place your request over the Internet if you have one of the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. Emergency orders will be processed within 15 working days of receipt of the Certificate of Identity. Credit card orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express Mail or UPS delivery if requested which costs an additional $20.00. A $6.00 special handling fee will be charged on all credit card orders in addition to the copy fee.

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk does not have the ability to accept credit cards for online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through its website, www.vitalchek.com. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

If you are from a government agency please call (562) 462-2213 regarding placing an order.

Click here to PLACE A REQUEST OVER THE INTERNET.

If you do not supply the necessary Certificate of Identity within 5 business days, your order will be cancelled and must be resubmitted.

No requests are accepted via telephone.

In Person Request:

A valid photo ID will be requested when a birth record is requested in-person. Same-day service is available for births 1964 to present. Births prior to 1964 will be mailed within 20 working days.

If you are requesting birth certificates for events that occur from 1972 to 1977 please be advised that the copy may not be issued the same day. These records will be requested from the State because the social security numbers have to be redacted. The delay for these records is approximately 5 to 7 days.

44509 16th St West Suite 101 Lancaster (661) 945-6446 Hrs: 830 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd, 6th Floor LAX Courthouse (310) 727-6142 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
4716 East Cesar Chavez Avenue Los Angeles (323) 260-2991 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
7807 S. Compton Avenue Los Angeles (323) 586-6192 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
12400 Imperial Highway Norwalk (562) 462-2137 Hrs: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., M-F
14340 West Sylvan Street Van Nuys (818) 376-3700 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F

The Norwalk Facility is open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Please return to Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk main page, click on Branch Office Locations for information about available services at the branch office nearest you.

Payment for in-person requests can be made by cash, check or money order. If paying by check, valid identification (i.e., Driver's License) of the signer is required and must be presented at time of request. Out of state checks are accepted.

Adoption/Name Change:

If you are requesting a copy of a birth record of a child who has been adopted or had a legal name change, your written request should be sent to the State Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records - M.S. 5103, PO Box 997410, Sacramento, CA 95899-7410, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684 . There is a $25 charge for each copy requested payable by check or money order to the office of Vital Records.

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DEATH RECORDS

Mail Request:

Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 103526 only specific individuals are allowed to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a birth, death or marriage record. An AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a death record may be required to obtain death benefits, claim insurance proceeds, notify social security and obtain other services related to an individual’s identity. Please see below for list of authorized individuals.

Those who are not authorized may receive an INFORMATIONAL CERTIFIED COPY with the words “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” imprinted across the face of the copy. Informational copies are not available same day. They will be mailed within 15 working days.

Individuals permitted to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY :

  • A parent or legal guardian of the registrant
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of the registrant
  • An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant estate
  • Any funeral director or agent/employee of a funeral establishment acting within the scope of their employment who orders certified copies of a death on behalf of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code.

Records are available for deaths occurring in Los Angeles County only since 1877. (If the event occurred outside of Los Angeles County or California click here.) An Authorized or Informational certified copy of a death record will be provided for a $21 fee per copy. The fee is nonrefundable. A “No Record Statement” will be issued if the record is not found. To obtain a copy please complete the APPLICATION FOR DEATH RECORD (for mail only). You must also submit a notarized Certificate of Identity . (IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN CALIFORNIA, PLEASE HAVE THE NOTARY STRIKE OUT CALIFORNIA ON THE CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY AND PUT THE STATE IN WHICH THE FORM IS NOTARIZED. IT WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH THE CHANGE.). Include a preaddressed stamped envelope with your request. Payment for mail requests can be made by check or money order payable to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. DO NOT SEND CASH. Out of state checks are accepted. Please ensure that you sign the application as well as the Certificate of Identity. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your request.

Click here for APPLICATION FOR DEATH RECORD (for mail only)       

Send request and fee to: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Birth Records PO Box 489 Norwalk, California 90651-0489

Most mail requests are processed within 15 working days from the date the request is received by this office. The processing time does not include the delivery time to and from the office, weekends or holidays.

Credit Card Request:

For those in need of fast turnaround time, you may place your request over the Internet if you have one of the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. Emergency orders will be processed within 15 working days of receipt of the Certificate of Identity. Credit card orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express Mail or UPS delivery is requested which costs an additional $20.00. A $6.00 special handling fee will be charged on all credit card orders in addition to the copy fee.

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk does not have the ability to accept credit cards for online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through its website, www.vitalchek.com. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

If you are from a government agency please call (562) 462-2213 regarding placing an order.

Click here to PLACE A REQUEST OVER THE INTERNET.

Please be sure to follow all instruction on the web page.

If you do not supply the necessary Certificate of Identity within 5 business days, your order will be cancelled and must be resubmitted.

No requests are accepted via telephone.

In Person Request:

A valid photo ID will be requested when a death record is requested in-person. Same-day service is available for deaths 1995 to present. Deaths prior to 1995 will be mailed within 20 working days.

Orders for death certificates can be made in-person at the following locations:

44509 16th St West Suite 101 Lancaster (661) 945-6446 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd, 6th Floor LAX Courthouse (310) 727-6142 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
4716 East Cesar Chavez Avenue Los Angeles (323) 260-2991 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
7807 S. Compton Avenue Los Angeles (323) 586-6192 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
12400 Imperial Highway Norwalk (562) 462-2137 Hrs: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., M-F
14340 West Sylvan Street Van Nuys (818) 376-3700 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F

The Norwalk Facility is open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Copies ordered in person for death records prior to 1995 will be mailed within 15 working days. Same day service is available for copies of death records from 1995 to present. Please return to Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk main page, click on Branch Office Locations for information about available services at the branch office nearest you.

Payment for in-person request can be made by cash, check or money order. If paying by check, valid identification (i.e., Driver's License) of the signer is required and must be presented at time of request. Out of state checks are accepted.

Viewing Vital Records:

The Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is located at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk . The following will provide you with the procedure for viewing vital records. Certificates and indexes of birth, death and marriage records not exempt from public inspections may be examined at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday, except holidays. In addition to certificates on file, there are indexes of birth, death and marriages available for public inspection as follows: Births prior to 1905 and from 1964 to the present; Deaths from 1877 to the present; and Marriages from 1852 to the present. Records of confidential marriages performed pursuant to Family Code Section 500 are not available for public review. Certificates and indexes may be examined at no charge unless a deputy is requested search and/or retrieve more than five records. Random searches of the indexes or the certificates are not allowed. An application is required for each record searched. Information sufficient to identify the requested record must be provided.

MARRIAGE RECORDS

Mail Request:

Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 103526 only specific individuals are allowed to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a birth, death or public marriage record. An AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a public marriage record is required to change your name on a driver’s license, passport, social security card and other services related to an individual’s identity. Please see below for list of authorized individuals.

Those who are not authorized may receive an INFORMATIONAL CERTIFIED COPY with the words “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” imprinted across the face of the copy. Informational copies are not available same day. They will be mailed within 15 working days.

Individuals permitted to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a Public Marriage Record:

  • One of the parties to the marriage or a parent or legal guardian of one of the parties
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of one of the parties to the marriage.
  • An attorney representing one of the parties to the marriage or the party’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of one of the parties to the marriage or the party’s estate

Only the parties to the marriage are allowed to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a Confidential Marriage Record. Informational Certified Copies are not issued for Confidential Marriage Records.

Records are available for marriages where the license was issued in Los Angeles County only since 1852. (If license was issued outside of Los Angeles County or California click here.) A certified copy of a marriage record will be provided for a $15 fee per copy. The fee is nonrefundable; a “No Record Statement” will be issued if the record is not found. To order a marriage certificate through the mail please complete the APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC MARRIAGE RECORD (for mail only) or the APPLICATION FOR CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGE RECORD . You must also submit a notarized Certificate of Identity or Certificate of Identity (Confidential) . (IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN CALIFORNIA, PLEASE HAVE THE NOTARY STRIKE OUT CALIFORNIA ON THE CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY AND PUT THE STATE IN WHICH THE FORM IS NOTARIZED. IT WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH THE CHANGE.). Include a preaddressed stamped envelope with your request. Payment for mail requests can be made by check or money order payable to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. DO NOT SEND CASH. Out of state checks are accepted. Please ensure that you sign the application as well as the Certificate of Identity. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your request.

Click here for APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC MARRIAGE RECORD (for mail only)
APPLICATION FOR CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGE RECORD

Send request and fee to: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Birth Records PO Box 489 Norwalk, California 90651-0489

Most mail requests are processed within 15 working days from the date the request is received by this office. The processing time does not include the delivery time to and from the office, weekends or holidays.

Credit Card Request:

For those in need of fast turnaround time, you may place your request over the Internet if you have one of the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. Emergency orders will be processed within 15 working days of receipt of the Certificate of Identity. Credit card orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express Mail or UPS delivery if requested which costs an additional $20.00. A $6.00 special handling fee will be charged on all credit card orders in addition to the copy fee.

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk does not have the ability to accept credit cards for online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through its website, www.vitalchek.com. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

If you are from a government agency please call (562) 462-2213 regarding placing an order.

Click here to PLACE A REQUEST OVER THE INTERNET.

If you do not supply the necessary Certificate of Identity within 5 business days, your order will be cancelled and must be resubmitted.

No requests are accepted via telephone.

In Person Request:

A valid photo ID will be requested when a birth record is requested in-person. Same-day service is available for marriages 1995 to present. Marriages prior to 1995 will be mailed within 20 working days.
44509 16th St West Suite 101 Lancaster (661) 945-6446 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd, 6th Floor LAX Courthouse (310) 727-6142 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
4716 East Cesar Chavez Avenue Los Angeles (323) 260-2991 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
7807 S. Compton Avenue Los Angeles (323) 586-6192 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
12400 Imperial Highway Norwalk (562) 462-2137 Hrs: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., M-F
14340 West Sylvan Street Van Nuys (818) 376-3700 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F

The Norwalk Facility is open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Please return to Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk main page, click on Branch Office Locations for information about available services at the branch office nearest you.

Payment for in-person requests can be made by cash, check or money order. If paying by check, valid identification (i.e., Driver's License) of the signer is required and must be presented at time of request. Out of state checks are accepted.

The fee is nonrefundable. A "No Record Statement" will be issued if the record is not found.

Divorce Record Information:

Record information for divorce filings is available at the Superior Court where the divorce was filed. The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk does not have any divorce information or files. If the Superior Court location is not known, information can be obtained at the County Courthouse , 111 North Hill Street , Los Angeles , telephone (213) 974-5171 or (213) 974-5192 . Divorce filings which took place within the Central Los Angeles area are transferred to the County Record Center (Archives) normally within 2-3 years of the filing. Divorce filings outside of the Central Los Angeles area can take five or more years for transfer to the Archives. Records are transferred to the Archives when storage space at the courthouses becomes limited. The Archives are located at 222 North Hill Street , Los Angeles , telephone (213) 974-1378 or (213) 974-1379 . Some divorce records are available online. For more information click here.

Viewing Vital Records:

The Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is located at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk . The following will provide you with the procedure for viewing vital records. Certificates and indexes of birth, death and marriage records not exempt from public inspections may be examined at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday, except holidays. In addition to certificates on file, there are indexes of birth, death and marriages available for public inspection as follows: Births prior to 1905 and from 1964 to the present; Deaths from 1877 to the present; and Marriages from 1852 to the present. Records of confidential marriages performed pursuant to Family Code Section 500 are not available for public review. Certificates and indexes may be examined at no charge unless a deputy is requested search and/or retrieve more than five records. Random searches of the indexes or the certificates are not allowed. An application is required for each record searched. Information sufficient to identify the requested record must be provided.


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