How to Obtain a Certified Copy of a Birth or Death Certificate

Due to the Governor’s stay at home order regarding COVID-19, the Office of Vital Records walk-up counter services to purchase birth and death certificates will temporarily close beginning Friday, December 11, 2020.
Birth and death certificates can still be purchased through the mail or online.


Certificates can be purchased in person at our office, or by mail, or online through VitalChek. Please see below for detailed instructions.

Walk-in Customers currently not available 
Walk-in Customers
To purchase a birth or death certificate in person, you will need the following:
  1. Application for Vital Record English or Spanish
    • If purchasing a certificate in person, do not complete or notarize the second page of application.
  1. A valid government-issued photo identification
    • I.D. must be for the individual purchasing the record.
    • We do not accept expired identification.
  1. Pay fee ($28.00 per copy for birth certificates and $21 per copy for death certificates)
    • For walk-in customers we accept: cash, check, cashier’s check, money order and credit/debit.
Note: If no record is found, Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 103650 requires our office to retain the fee and issue a Certificate of No Public Record.


Mail-in Customers To purchase a birth or death certificate through the mail, you will need the following:
  1. Application for Vital Record English or Spanish
  2. Notarized Sworn Statement (page 2 of application)
  3. Pay fee ($28.00 per copy for birth certificates and $21 per copy for death certificates)
    • For mail-in customers, we accept check, cashier’s check or money order.
    • Do not send cash.
    • Checks should be made out to: Orange County Health Care Agency or OCHCA.
Note: If no record is found, Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 103650 requires our office to retain the fee and issue a Certificate of No Public Record.
  1. Stamped, self-addressed envelope (business size or manila envelope)
  2. Mail all items to:

County of Orange Health Care Agency
Office of Vital Records
200 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 100-B
Santa Ana, CA 92701


Online  To purchase a birth or death certificate online please visit VitalChek, a third party website, at https://www.vitalchek.com/vital-records. 

1.     Select Birth or Death Certificate

2.     Complete the online application

3.     Pay fees by credit/debit or electronic check

  • Certificate fee ($28 per copy for birth certificates and $21 per copy for death certificates)
  • VitalChek online processing fee $12.95
  • Shipping fee ($1 for regular mail or $19 for UPS overnight delivery)

Note: If no record is found, Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 103650 requires our office to retain the Certificate fee and issue a Certificate of No Public Record. VitalChek will refund the processing and shipping fees.


Affidavit of Homeless Status for a Fee Exempt Copy of a Birth Certificate

Affidavit of Homeless Status for a Fee Exempt Copy of a Birth Certificate Pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 103577, each local registrar or county recorder shall, without a fee, issue a certified record of live birth to any person who can verify his or her status as a homeless person or a homeless child or youth. This affidavit must be used for the purpose of requesting a fee exempt certified copy of a Certificate of Live Birth only. The Affidavit of Homeless Status for a Fee Exempt Copy of a Birth Certificate is to be completed by a “homeless services provider.”