If You Were Born in the U.S.—Different Situations:

  1. (1) If you were born in California:

    1. I was born in California. How do I get an authorized copy of my birth certificate?

    2. I want to get my birth certificate from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). What is the process?

    3. I was born in California and know my county of birth. How do I get my birth certificate directly from the county I was born in?

    4. How do I locate the county recorder’s office?

    5. If I use the county recorder’s office, is it best to request my birth certificate by mail or in person?

  2. (2) If you were born in the U.S.A. outside of California:

    1. I was born in a state other than California. How do I get an authorized copy of my birth certificate?

  3. (3) If you were born in the U.S., but no record of your birth was found:

    1. What if I was born in the U.S.A., but there is no record of my birth?