Order your Alameda County, California (CA) Birth Certificate Online

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Alameda County, CA Birth Certificate Replacement

An Alameda County, California birth certificate is an essential legal document that enables citizens to:

  • Get married
  • Apply for a passport, social security card, driver’s license, or other forms of government-issued IDs
  • Register in school or university, and much more

If your Alameda County birth certificate got lost, stolen, or was misplaced or destroyed, you will need to ask for a California birth certificate replacement.

Obtaining a legally-valid copy of an Alameda County, CA vital recordno longer requires waiting in line for endless hours at a vital statistics bureau.

Applying for an Alameda County, California birth certificate online is easy and straightforward. Follow our personalized instructions and fill out the simple application form in just a few minutes.

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Once your Alameda birth certificate replacement application has been processed, you will receive an official copy of your vital record at home.

As of October 1st, 2021, U.S. citizens and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driving license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircraft. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.

How to Obtain an Alameda County Birth Certificate

Getting a government-issued birth certificate in Alameda County, California is a straightforward process that can be completed with little to no hassle.

To order an authorized copy of an Alameda County (CA) birth certificate, just fill out the birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required information, have it notarized, and mail it to the State of California vital records office with the necessary requirements.

The easiest way to obtain an Alameda County birth certificate copy is to mail your application to the State of California Vital Records Office.

However, citizens who prefer to submit their request at the county level may do so. Alternatively, copies of Birth and Death Certificates may also be ordered from the Alameda County Clerk by mailing your application package to the following address:

Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office
1106 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Alameda County citizens born in or around Oakland, Fremont, Berkeley, Hayward, amongst other locations can also order a certified copy of their birth certificate at the Alameda County Clerk’s Office.

Please note that the Office of Vital Statistics at the City of Berkeley, in Alameda County, CA only issues birth certificates for births recorded within the last 2 years.

For Berkeley birth certificates recorded more than 2 years ago, applicants can file their request at the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office address stated above.

Alameda County birth certificate copy required information

To get a certified copy of an Alameda County, California birth certificate, you will need to complete the online birth certificate application with the following personal data:

  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Full name (as it would appear on the certificate)
  • Mother’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage
  • Father’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage

Required documents for a certified copy of an Alameda birth certificate

Citizens applying for a certified copy of an Alameda County birth certificate need to prove their identity and sign the application form in the presence of a notary public as well as provide a sworn statement before posting their request.

The additional documents an applicant may be required to include alongside the Alameda County birth certificate application form depend on the relationship between the applicant and the certificate holder.

If you are the certificate bearer, or a parent of the certificate bearer, please provide documentation that proves your identity.

Legal guardians must provide documentation to prove they have been appointed as a legal guardian of the certificate bearer. This is done by presenting a copy of the guardianship document.

A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the birth certificate holder must present an identification document.

A third party such as an attorney at law or representative of a licensed adoption agency entitled to receive the birth certificate as a result of a court order must provide a copy of the court order when applying for the birth record.

Law enforcement or other government representatives who need the birth record as part of their official business will have to provide photo identification or a request printed on the agency's letterhead.

Are Alameda County, California Birth Records Public?

Most Alameda County birth records, as in the rest of California, are considered public information.

However, access depends on the type of Alameda County birth certificate required as well as the relationship between the certificate bearer and the applicant.

Read more:State with open adoption records

Who can request a certified copy of a birth certificate in Alameda County, California?

In an attempt to make identity theft more difficult, obtaining a certified copy of an Alameda County birth certificate is typically limited to a small number of qualified individuals.

Citizens can order an unrestricted copy of an Alameda County, California birth certificate as long as they are:

  • The certificate bearer
  • Immediate family members such as the certificate bearer’s children, spouse, parents, siblings, or grandparents
  • The certificate bearer’s guardian
  • A legal representative
  • Government representative

Short-form or informational copies of an Alameda birth certificate, on the other hand, can be obtained by the general public.

Alameda County Birth Certificate Types

When ordering a replacement birth certificate in Alameda County, California, it is important to understand the different types of birth certificates available in order to make sure you obtain the correct document to fulfill your needs.

There are 2 types of birth certificate copies in Alameda County, California.

Long-form copy of an Alameda County, CA birth certificate

Unrestricted birth certificate copies of an Alameda County birth record are also known as:

  • A long-form copy of a birth certificate
  • A certified copy of a birth certificate
  • A full copy of a birth certificate
  • An authorized copy of a birth certificate
  • An official copy of a birth certificate

An unrestricted birth certificate issued in Alameda County can be used to establish the individual’s identity, age, and citizenship.

Applicants requesting an unrestricted certified copy of an Alameda County birth certificate must sign a statement, under penalty of perjury, stating that they are authorized to receive such a copy.

An authorized copy of an Alameda County birth certificate is a government-issued copy of the original document. It includes any corrections made to the birth record. It is also known as a long-form birth certificate or certified copy of an Alameda County birth certificate.

If you need your birth certificate to sign up at university, get a driver’s license, apply for a US passport, get married, or for other legal purposes, then you need to order an authorized copy of your birth certificate. An informational copy will not be accepted to prove your identity.

A long-form Alameda County birth certificate is required at the following agencies, amongst others:

  • DMV
  • Social Security
  • Passport agencies

An unrestricted or certified copy of an Alameda County birth certificate will carry the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office. You may order a certified copy of an Alameda County birth certificate on behalf of another person, as long as you are eligible.

Informational copy of an Alameda County birth certificate

An informational copy of an Alameda County birth certificate is also known as a short-form birth certificate. It is an abstract of the birth record. It only shows the individual's basic information.

Short-form Alameda County birth certificates or informational copies bear the following statement imprinted across the face of the copy:

“Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”

Citizens that are not eligible to obtain an unrestricted copy of an Alameda County birth certificate under California law, can order an informational copy instead.

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Alameda County, California Birth Certificate Apostille

Citizens born in Alameda County, CA who need to present their birth certificate outside the United States will have to make sure their document bears an apostille to provide it with legal validity abroad.

This can be done by following these simple steps:

  1. Order a certified copy of the Alameda County, California Birth Certificate
  2. Include the certified copy of the Alameda County, CA birth certificate, a cover sheet stating the country in which the document will be used, a self-addressed envelope with pre-paid postage and submit the complete package to the California Secretary of State's office with the required apostille fee for authentication
  3. You may request the apostille by mail at the Sacramento office, or in person at the Sacramento office or the Los Angeles office

California Authentications Unit street address:

Mail documents via United States Postal Service to:

Notary Public Section
P.O. Box 942877
Sacramento, CA 94277–0001

Alameda birth certificate apostille requests being mailed via any other service (e.g. Fedex, UPS, DHL) can be sent to the following street address:

Notary Public Section
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

California Authentications unit walk-in service address in Sacramento:

Secretary of State (Sacramento)
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

California Authentications unit walk-in service address in Los Angeles:

Secretary of State (Los Angeles)
300 South Spring Street, Room 12513
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Birth Certificate Cost in Alameda County, California

When ordering a copy of a birth certificate in Alameda County, California, (CA) it is necessary to pay the appropriate issuance fee.

The following payment methods are available when mailing your Alameda County birth certificate application:

  • Personal check
  • Money order
  • Cashier check

Alameda County CA birth certificate issuance fees vary depending on whether the application is submitted at the state or county level, so please make sure to supply the correct amount when paying your fees.

The filing fee of each copy of an Alameda County birth certificate submitted to the State of California Vital Records Office is of $25**.

Alameda birth certificate copies requested from the Alameda County Vital Records Office carry a fee of $30 per vital record issued

It is advisable to order several copies using the same birth certificate application form. Additional copies can be kept on file ready for future use. Extra copies of the same Alameda County birth certificate ordered within a single form carry the same cost as the initial copy ordered.

Alameda County, California Birth Certificate Processing Times

Your order will be processed after you complete the Alameda County, CA birth certificate application and mail it with the appropriate payment and photocopies of the acceptable photo ID.

Alameda County, California Birth certificate orders are generally filled within 3-4 weeks.

California Vital Records Offices

Find the California Public Health offices of Vital Statistics where you can process your birth certificate copies in (CA).

Processing a birth certificate in the Alameda County Vital Records Office may be faster than the California Vital Statistics Office. Notice that the fees can vary as well.

Regardless of whether the birth certificate you require is found or not, a non-refundable search fee will be charged.

In most cases, unless you are filing at the state vital records office, it is advisable to submit a birth certificate application at the county clerk’s office where the birth was first recorded, whenever possible. That way, you can be sure that the search will result in the certified birth certificate being issued.

FAQs about Alameida County (CA) Birth Certificates

  • Where can I get a copy of an Alameda County, California Birth Certificate?

    The most convenient way to get a certified copy of an Alameda birth certificate is to apply online. Once you have filled out your application and gathered the necessary documentation, you may post your application package to the following address:

    California Department of Public Health
    Office of Vital Records - MS 5103,
    P.O. Box 997410,
    Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

  • What information do I need to obtain a birth certificate in Alameda County, California (CA)?

    To request a certified copy of an Alameda County birth certificate you must be a qualified requestor and fill the form with the following details:

    Full name on the birth certificate Date and place of birth Full name of father and mother (including mother’s maiden name) Valid identification (current state Driver’s License/photo ID preferred)

  • How much does an Alameda County birth certificate copy cost?

    Each copy of a government-issued Alameda County, California birth certificate carries a fee per copy.

    The cost of an Alameda birth certificate copy varies depending on the office where the application is submitted. Birth certificate applications submitted at the state level carry a cost of $25.

    Applications submitted at the county level carry a cost of $30 per Alameda birth certificate copy issued.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy of an Alameda County birth certificate within the same form to keep on file for future use or for your records. Additional copies of a birth certificate requested within the same order form carry the same fee as the first copy.

  • How can I change the name on an Alameda County birth certificate?

    To modify a citizen’s name on an Alameda birth certificate you will first need to order a certified copy of the birth certificate you would like to amend.

    To change any part of a baby's name or any part of the parents’ names except for adding a middle name —which can be done using Form VS-24—, a court order is necessary.

    Once you have the court order or appropriate form, you will need to present those alongside the certified copy of the Alameda County birth certificate you would like to modify and the appropriate fees at the following address:

    California Department of Public Health Office of Vital Records - MS 5103, P.O. Box 997410, Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

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