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California Public Records

Vital records are California public records; while certified records are available to family members only, informational copies are available to anyone. Statewide recording was initiated in 1905, and birth/death records are available from the County Recorders Office or the California Department of Public Health Vital Records. Divorce records are available from the Superior Court in the appropriate county; CDPH only has divorces for 1962-1984. CDPH has marriages only for 1949-1986 and 1998-1999; records for other dates must be obtained from the County Recorder’s office in the appropriate county. Court records are also California public records, administered by the California Administrative Office of the Courts.

Lookup Public Records In California Counties

  • Los Angeles County

    California's Los Angeles County Registrar–Recorder/County Clerk's office maintains birth, death and marriage records. In addition, this office handles property documentation recording, as well as real estate records and military discharge records. Individuals may receive authorized certified copies through the mail, over the Internet or in person.

  • Orange County

    California's Orange County Clerk-Recorder Office maintains all vital records for the county, including birth records, death records and marriage records. This office features an online vital record application and appointment system. Records can also be obtained in a number of ways through this office, including in person, by mail, by phone and by fax.

  • San Diego County

    California's San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk maintains birth certificates and death certificates. These records may be accessed in person, by mail, and through the VitalChek Network, either online or by phone. Individuals seeking certified copies of public records must be deemed an authorized person and must sign a request form in the presence of a notary.

California County Record Resources

 
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