Additional Requirement for Birth or Death Certificate in California

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For applicants looking to have a birth certificate or death certificate authenticated in the state of California; an additional step may be required prior to authentication by Secretary of State.


If a birth or death certificate has the signature of a Health Officer or County Registrar (e.g. Local Registrar, Registrar of Vital Records), prior to State authentication, one of the following will be required:


1.) have that birth or death certificate certified by the county clerk’s office in the county in which it was issued; or
2.) obtain a certified copy of that birth or death certificate from the county recorder or State of California Department of Public Health.



Last Update Date:11-26-2019

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