Cruz County Health Services Agency
Description of Vital Statistics Program
Identity theft is on the rise, and the release of birth and death records is a vulnerable point in this regard. Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 103526, only specific persons are allowed to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a birth or death record.
An AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a birth or death record is required in order to obtain:
Individuals permitted to received an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a death or birth certificate are:
Those who are not eligible to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a birth or death record may receive an INFORMATIONAL CERTIFIED COPY with the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY" imprinted across the face of the certificate.
PLEASE NOTE: The County of Santa Cruz can only provide certificates for births or deaths that occurred in Santa Cruz County, regardless of the place of residence. For births or deaths occurring outside Santa Cruz county, please contact the county where the birth or death occurred.
PLEASE NOTE: The Office of Vital Records has certificates only for the years 2012 - 2014. If you need a certificate for a birth or death that happened before 2012, click here for more information, or see box at right.
PLEASE NOTE: On January 1, 2014, the fees for birth certificates and death certificates each increased by $5. The application forms below show the new fee rates.
Birth Certificates: $28.00 per copy (check or money order only, in exact amount).
Death Certificates: $21.00 per copy (check or money order only, in exact amount).
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What information do I need to obtain a birth certificate?
Q: What information do I need to obtain a death certificate?
Q: Can I request a birth or death certificate by mail?
Yes. You can print a copy of the birth or death certificate request form and mail it to us, with a check or money order. If you mail your request, your sworn statement must be notarized. You must sign the request in the presence of the notary. If your mailed request indicates that you want an Authorized Certified Copy, but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be returned to you without being processed.
Q: Can I request a birth or death certificate via the Internet with a credit card?
Yes. If the birth or death occurred over six weeks ago, you can request a certificate by using your credit card, for an additional $13 fee, by clicking here. You will be connected to the "VitalChek Network". This may not be any quicker than ordering by mail.
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