San Bernardino County 

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Request a Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate

San Bernardino County only has records of births and deaths that occurred in San Bernardino County or marriage licenses that were purchased in San Bernardino County. For all other vital records you must contact the county in which the event is registered “Link to Other County Recorders in California” or contact:

California Department of Public Health Vital Records
MS 5103 P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
(916) 445-2684

Birth, Death or Marriage Outside of California
If you were born in another state, write or go to the vital statistics office in the state or area where the event occurred. “Link to Where To Write for Vital Records

Per California Health and Safety Code Section 103526, the County Recorder may provide a certified copy of a birth, death or public marriage certificate to an authorized person only. If a requestor does not meet the requirement of an authorized person the County Recorder may only issue an informational certified copy of birth with a legend stating "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY."

Please note: Effective April 27, 2009, San Bernardino County will implement the California Department of Public Health’s “Vital Records Image Redaction and Statewide Access” program. This will allow staff to access a single State database for requesting automatically redacted informational-only copies of birth records from 1985-present and death records from 1996-present. These certificates will show black redaction boxes across any signatures or social security numbers.

Authorized Persons as Described in Health and Safety Code Section 103526
(1) The registrant or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant.

(2) 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.

(3) A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.

(4) A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.

(5) 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's estate.

(6) Any funeral director who orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Health and Safety Code Section 7100. (Notary acknowledgment not required).

Marriage Copies
Copies of marriage certificates may be purchased approximately two weeks after the original marriage license is received and recorded in the Recorder/County Clerk’s office. Note: Only the parties to the marriage may be provided a certified copy of a confidential marriage record.

Copy Requests
2016 Birth/Death/Marriage Certificate Application (English)
2016 Birth/Death/Marriage Certificate Application (Spanish)

Certified Copy - Walk in Customers
The County Recorder must receive a written request from an authorized person under Health and Safety Code Section 103526 that is signed under penalty of perjury.

Certified Copy - By Mail
The County Recorder must receive a written request from an authorized person under Health and Safety Code Section 103526 that is signed under penalty of perjury and notarized.

Informational Copy requested by Mail or Walk in:
The County Recorder must receive a written request. The County Recorder shall provide an informational copy and shall display a legend that states "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY." The statement shall be placed on the certificate in a manner that will not conceal information. Note: Informational copies should not be purchased in order to obtain a driver's license, social security card, state I.D. card, passport, or for insurance claims or coverage.

Click here to download the 2016 San Bernardino County Recorder-Clerk Fee Schedule
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 $15 charge for each copy requested payable by check or money order to the office of Vital Records.