Riverside County (CA) Birth Certificate Online

Order a Riverside County, California (CA) birth certificate online. Complete an easy online form, avoid long lines at the vital registration office, and get a certified copy of a Riverside County birth certificate mailed to you.

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Riverside County, CA Birth Certificate Replacement

Citizens born in the Countyof Riverside are issued a California birth certificate as soon as their birth is officially registered with the Riverside County Vital Registration Office or the County Clerk/Recorder.

This vital record is an essential legal document that is required when a Riverside County citizen needs to prove their identity, citizenship, or age.

A Riverside County birth certificate copy is necessary to enroll in college or school, obtain government-issued photo identification documents, get married, amongst other official business.

If your Riverside County, California birth certificate got lost or was stolen, misplaced, or destroyed —even partially— you will have to obtain a Riverside County birth certificate replacement.

Applying for an official copy of a Riverside County, CA vital record can easily be done online, eliminating the need to wait in line*at a vital statistics office.

Ordering a Riverside County, California birth certificate online is a quick and straightforward procedure. The form takes no more than 10 minutes to fill out. Then, simply follow our personalized instructions to help you complete your Riverside County birth certificate application with ease.

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

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Riverside County, CA birth certificate types

When ordering a certified copy of your birth certificate in Riverside 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 meet your needs.

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

Long-form copy of a Riverside County, CA birth certificate

A long-form copy of a birth certificate issued in Riverside County is also known as:

  • Unrestricted copy of a birth certificate
  • Certified copy of a birth certificate
  • Full copy of a birth certificate
  • Authorized copy of a birth certificate
  • Official copy of a birth certificate

An unrestricted copy of a Riverside County birth certificate is a government-issued full-length copy of the original document. It includes any corrections, changes, or amendments made to the birth record.

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 a certified copy of your Riverside County birth certificate. An informational copy will not be accepted to prove your identity.

An unrestricted copy of a Riverside County birth certificate is required at the following agencies, amongst others:

  • DMV: To obtain a driver’s license
  • Social Security: To obtain a Social Security number or card
  • Passport agencies: To obtain a passport card or passport book

An official or certified copy of a Riverside County birth certificate can be visually distinguished because it will always carry the registrar’s seal, signature, and the date it was filed. The seal on long-form copies of a Riverside County birth certificate is raised, embossed, impressed, or multicolored.

Certified copies of a Riverside County birth certificate can only be ordered by qualified individuals:

  • The certificate bearer, their parent or legal guardian, child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner
  • A third party entitled to receive the birth record by court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the California Family Code
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business
  • An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant's estate.

Applicants requesting an unrestricted certified copy of a Riverside birth certificate, must complete and sign a sworn statement under penalty of perjury as required by Section 103526 of the California Health and Safety Code.

If you are not eligible to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate in Riverside County, you may order a redacted, informational copy instead.

Short-form copy of a Riverside County, CA birth certificate

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

This type of Riverside County birth certificate is available to the general public —you do not need to be a qualified individual to order a copy.

Informational copies of a Riverside County birth certificate cannot be used for identification purposes.

These copies bear the following statement imprinted across the face of the copy:

“Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”

How to Get a Certified Birth Certificate in Riverside County, CA

The easiest way to get a government-issued birth certificate copy in Riverside County, California is to complete the order form online. The process is straightforward and hassle-free.

To order an unrestricted certified copy of a Riverside County (CA) birth certificate:

  1. Complete the birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required information
  2. Print the application form and sign the sworn statement in the presence of a notary public
  3. Mail it to the California vital registration office with a large stamped, self-addressed envelope, and a check or money order to cover the fees

Once your Riverside County birth certificate request has been processed by the vital records office, your certified copy will be issued and sent by mail to the address printed on your self-addressed postage-paid envelope.

Copies of Riverside County Birth and Death Certificates may be ordered by posting your application package to the following address:

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

Alternatively, Riverside County citizens born in or around Riverside, Inland Empire, Moreno Valley, amongst other locations, can also order a certified copy of their birth certificate at the Riverside County Clerk’s Office.

Citizens of Riverside County who prefer to submit their birth certificate application in person may do so at the address below, during walk-in hours —although this usually entails waiting in line.

Please note that fees may differ depending on whether you are presenting your Riverside birth certificate application to the state vital records office or the county clerk’s office. Remember to verify and submit the appropriate fees accordingly.

For citizens who prefer to send their application to the County Clerk’s office, Riverside County Birth and Death Certificates orders can also be submitted by mailing your application package to the following addresses, depending on how long ago the certificate bearer was born:

For Riverside birth certificates of babies born this year or last year, send your request to:

Riverside County Vital Registration Office
10 Douglas Drive, Ste 220
Martinez, CA 94553

For Riverside birth records registered from 1905 to the present, send your order to:

Riverside County Clerk-Recorder’s Office
555 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Unless you are sending your request to the state vital records office, applicants are advised to file the Riverside County birth certificate application at the vital records office where the birth was registered. This should ensure that the record is found and the bureau can issue a long-form birth certificate, as long as the applicant is eligible.

Should the birth record not be found, the State of California Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 103650 requires the vital records office to retain the search fee and issue a Certificate of No Public Record.

Citizens of Riverside County who prefer to file their birth certificate application in person may do so during walk-in hours, where available —although this usually entails waiting in line and may require a different fee.

Riverside (Gateway) Assessor-County Clerk/Recorder Main Office

2724 Gateway Dr.
Riverside, CA 92507
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Riverside Assessor-County Clerk/Recorder Downtown Office

4080 Lemon St
1st Floor
Riverside, CA 92501
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hemet Assessor-County Clerk/Recorder Office

880 N. State Street
Suite B-6
Hemet, CA 92543-1496
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Palm Desert Assessor-County Clerk/Recorder Office

38-686 El Cerrito Road
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Temecula Assessor-County Clerk/Recorder Office

41002 County Center Drive 230
Temecula, CA 92591-6027
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Blythe Assessor-County Clerk/Recorder Office

270 N Broadway
Blythe, CA 92225
Monday through Wednesday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Riverside County birth certificate copy required information

To get a copy of a Riverside County, California birth certificate, you will need to fill out the online birth certificate application with the following personal details, as stated on the birth record:

  • The full names of the certificate holder’s mother and father
  • The certificate holder's full name
  • Date and place of birth

Required documents for a certified copy of a Riverside County birth certificate

Citizens applying for a certified copy of a Riverside County birth certificate need to prove their identity with an unexpired identification document. Applicants also need to complete and sign the second page of the application form in the presence of a notary public.

Applicants can show any of the following government-issued identification documents as proof of identity:

  • Driver’s license issued by California state
  • School ID
  • Voter Registration Card
  • U.S. Military card
  • U.S. passport, card or card issued by a foreign embassy or consulate
  • Native American tribal document with photograph
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card

How to Request an Apostille for a Riverside County Birth Certificate

Riverside County, CA citizens who need to use their birth certificate abroad for official business need to make sure their vital record bears an apostille to grant it legal validity outside the US territory.

To get an apostille for a County of Riverside birth certificate:

  1. Order a certified copy of the Riverside County, California birth certificate
  2. Prepare a cover sheet stating the country in which the document will be utilized, as well as a self-addressed envelope with pre-paid postage
  3. Upon receiving the certified copy of the Riverside, CA birth certificate, mail the above to the California Secretary of State's office with the required apostille fee for authentication

California Authentications Unit street address:

California Secretary of State
Authentications Unit
Notary Public Section
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

California Authentications unit PO BOX:

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

Riverside County Certified Birth Certificate Cost

Ordering a copy of a birth certificate in Riverside County, California (CA) entails the payment of the appropriate search fee.

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

  • Personal check
  • Money order
  • Cashier check
  • Business check

Riverside birth certificate applications processed in the California state vital records office call for a $25 fee.

Applications submitted by post or handed in person at the Riverside County Clerk’s Office carry a $28 fee.

Please note that the fee varies depending on whether you submit your Riverside birth certificate application at the state or county office.

Applicants submitting their request in person also have the option of paying the fee in cash or by credit/debit card.

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. Duplicate copies of the same Riverside County birth certificate ordered within a single form carry the same cost as the initial copy ordered.

Applicants with an Affidavit of Homeless Status are eligible to obtain a fee exemption for a copy of their Riverside, CA birth certificate.

The Riverside County Recorder —or any other California State Vital Records Office— will issue a certified copy of a birth certificate without a fee to citizens who can verify their status as a homeless person. The Affidavit of Homeless Status for a Fee Exempt Copy of a Birth Certificate must be completed by a Homeless Services Provider.

Riverside County Birth Certificate Processing Times

Once you have mailed the complete Riverside County birth certificate application package, along with the requirements detailed above and the necessary fees, the vital registration office will process your request.

In most cases, your Riverside birth certificate order will be filled within 1 -2 weeks. However, some vital records may take longer due to peak demand periods.

You will then receive your certified copy of the Riverside, California CA birth certificate by post, delivered right to your door.

Individuals in need of an urgent copy of a Riverside County birth certificate may print and sign their Riverside County birth certificate application and submit it in person with the necessary requirements.

Walk-in service means the applicant has to visit the Riverside County Vital Registration counter early during office hours and wait in line. The fees, in this case, are higher than when mailing your order to the California State Vital Records Office.

If the record is found on file at the same county office, it may result in same-day issuance of the Riverside, CA birth certificate.

California Vital Records Offices

The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Public Health offices that can provide birth certificate copies in California. Keep in mind that the Orange County Clerk’s office may sometimes process requests faster than the state vital records office.

However, the fees may vary, so please inquire about the exact amount due wherever you decide to submit your Riverside County birth certificate application.

FAQs About Riverside County (CA) Birth Certificates

  • How much does a Riverside County birth certificate copy cost?

    Each copy of a government-issued Riverside County, California birth certificate carries a fee of $25 per copy when the application is submitted at the state vital records office.

    Riverside birth certificate applications submitted to the county clerk’s office carry a fee of $28 per copy.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy of a Riverside 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 cost as the first copy requested.

  • How can I change the name on a Riverside County birth certificate?

    To modify a citizen’s name on a Riverside 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 submit those alongside the certified copy of the Riverside 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

  • How long does it take to get a birth certificate in Riverside County?

    Getting a government-issued copy of a birth certificate in the County of Riverside usually takes 1 to 2 weeks to process. Unfortunately, rush service is not available at this time.

    The surefire way to get a certified copy of a Riverside County birth certificate issued directly is to have our experts revise your application before you mail it or submit it in person. That way, you can be certain it is error-free and your request won't be rejected.

    Typos or inconsistencies in the data may cause unnecessary delays or setbacks.

    Our team can help you avoid the extra hassle so that the Riverside County vital records office can send your birth certificate directly to your door on the first try.

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