For birth certificates online click HERE.
Birth Certificates by Mail
Obtain a copy of a birth certificate by coming to the County
Recorder’s office or by mail:
- Only “authorized persons”
will be able to purchase a Certified Copy of their own or family Birth
or Death Certificate.
- You must fill out a form prior to purchase, and indicate whether or not
you are an authorized person by signing “under penalty of perjury”
- Click here to open the Forms page where you can find the form you need. Click to download the form, fill in the information and print it out.
- If you are not an
authorized person, you will receive a certified copy with the statement
INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY across the
face of the document, and you will also have to fill out a form.
- You will need to
download the forms available on this site.
- You will need to sign
both the Sworn Statement (and sign under penalty of perjury), and have
the Certificate of Acknowledgment notarized if you want a certified
copy. (As an authorized person)
- All these forms must
be mailed to the Santa Cruz County Recorder office along with the proper
- Please note the
instructions for requesting an “Informational” copy. You only need to
fill out the Applicant and Registrant portions, and send the proper fee.
- If we receive only the
Applicant and Registrant portion filled out, we will keep the fee and
send you an “Informational” copy.
- Only “Authorized
Persons” are required to fill out the perjury and acknowledgement forms.
You will receive a certified copy for your records.
- Please read the INSTRUCTIONS
page regarding the above.
- Call us at
To request a certified copy of a birth certificate by mail
you will need to provide us with the following information:
- The full name of the
- The child’s date of
- The mother’s full
- The father’s full
- The complete address
where the copy is to be mailed.
The cost is $28.00. Please DO NOT send cash. Send your request and
information along with a postal or bank money order or cashier's check for $28.00
(personal checks are not accepted by mail). For out of country requests
payment must be by International Money Order. Make payment payable to:
Santa Cruz County Recorder, 701 Ocean Street, Room 230, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Please be sure to send complete and accurate information. The fee
for searching a record is not refundable if the record is not found.
Please allow 3 working days after receipt to process your request.
For more information, please call us
during office hours, at (831) 454-2800, Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm. Fax 831-454-3169. Click to E-Mail We are located
at 701 Ocean St. Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. Se Habla Espańol.