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To obtain a copy of a birth certificate by coming to the County Recorder’s office in person:

  • 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” statement.
  • Click here 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.
  • Call us at 831-454-2800.
    • You will also need to have the following information available when you arrive:

      • The child’s full name as stated on the birth certificate.
      • The mother’s full MAIDEN name.
      • The father’s full name.
      • The child’s date of birth.
      • The child’s place of birth.

      The cost for a certified copy of a birth certificate is $28.00. Payment may be cash, check or money order payable to the Santa Cruz County Recorder.

      You may obtain a certified copy at the County Recorder's Office. We are located at: 701 Ocean St., Room 230. Santa Cruz, CA 95060. To obtain a birth certificate by mail, click by mail.

Birth Certificates by Mail

For more information, please call us during office hours, at (831) 454-2800, Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm & 1-4pm (closed 12-1pm). Click to email.
We are located at 701 Ocean St., RM. 230, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. Se Habla Español.