Santa Barbara County (CA) Birth Certificate Online

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

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Santa Barbara County, CA Birth Certificate Replacement

Citizens born in the Santa Barbara or the rest of Santa Barbara County are issued a California CA birth certificate as soon as their birth is officially registered.

This essential legal document is a mandatory requirement when a Santa Barbara County citizen needs to:

  • Enroll in school university, or sports activities
  • Apply for a passport or social security card
  • Obtain a driver’s license, or other government-issued documentation
  • Get married

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

Santa Barbara County, CA citizens can conveniently apply online for a legally-valid copy of their vital records, eliminating the hassle of waiting in line at the vital statistics office.

Ordering a Santa Barbara County, California birth certificate online is a quick and straightforward procedure. The form takes no more than a few minutes to complete and we provide personalized instructions to help you complete your birth certificate application with ease.

Once your Santa Barbara County birth certificate application has been processed by the Office of Vital Records, you will receive an official copy of your Santa Barbara County birth certificate replacement at home.

Santa Barbara County, CA Birth Certificate types

When ordering a replacement birth certificate in Santa Barbara, 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.

These are the specific types of Santa Barbara, California birth certificate copies that can be ordered from the vital records office for different purposes.

Long-form copy of a Santa Barbara, CA birth certificate

A long-form copy of a Santa Barbara County birth certificate includes both the non-confidential and confidential sections of the birth record.

It is also known as:

  • Full Body Certified 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

A certified authorized copy of a birth certificate recorded in the city of Santa Maria or the rest of Santa Barbara County can be used to establish an individual’s:

  • Identity
  • Age
  • Citizenship

An authorized copy of a Santa Barbara County birth certificate is a government-issued copy of the original document. It includes any corrections made to the birth record.

If you need your Santa Barbara birth certificate to enroll in school or college, 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 Santa Barbara County birth certificate is required at the following agencies, amongst others:

  • DMV
  • Social Security
  • Passport agencies

An official or full-body certified copy of a Santa Barbara 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 long-form certified copy of a Santa Barbara County birth certificate on behalf of another person, as long as you are eligible.

Short-form copy of a Santa Barbara, CA birth certificate

An informational copy of a Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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 a full-body certified copy of a Santa Barbara County birth certificate under California law, may be eligible to order an informational copy instead.

How to Get a certified Birth Certificate in Santa Barbara County

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

To order an authorized copy of a Santa Barbara County (CA) birth certificate:

  1. Fill out the birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required information
  2. Print and sign the Santa Barbara birth certificate application form, sign the sworn statement, and have the Certificate of Acknowledgement notarized
  3. Mail the above to the State of California Vital Records Office with a check or money order made payable to Clerk-Recorder to cover the fees, a self-addressed, stamped envelope

The self-addressed envelope you include with your Santa Barbara County birth certificate application will determine whether your document is sent by regular mail or expedited services. Applicants who prefer expedited return may include a pre-addressed, pre-paid Airbill for Express Mail, FedEx, or UPS and the corresponding payment.

Copies of Santa Barbara County Birth and Death Certificates may be ordered by mailing your application package to the following address:

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

Alternatively, Santa Barbara County citizens born in or around Santa Barbara, amongst other locations, can also order a certified copy of their birth certificate from the Santa Barbara County Clerk’s Office.

Santa Barbara Clerk-Recorder
PO Box 159
Santa Barbara, CA 93102

If a third person will submit the Santa Barbara birth certificate application on your behalf at the vital records office, you will need to authorize them —unless they are eligible to obtain a Santa Barbara birth certificate as per the list below.

To authorize a third-party to obtain a long-form birth certificate, please complete the form, have it notarized, and add the name of the person picking up the certificate to the form under “Name of Person Receiving Copies.”

Please note that fees may differ depending on whether you are presenting your Santa Barbara County birth certificate application to the state vital records office or the county clerk’s office. Make sure to verify and submit the appropriate fees for your chosen office.

For citizens who prefer to send their application to the County Clerk’s office, Santa Barbara County Birth and Death Certificates orders can also be submitted by mailing your application package to the following addresses:

Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder’s Office
1100 Anacapa St
Hall of Records
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Citizens of near Santa Maria 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.

Santa Maria County Clerk
511 Lakeside Pkwy
Suite 115
Santa Maria, CA 93455-1310

Unless you are sending your request to the State of California vital records office, applicants are advised to file the Santa Barbara 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 Certification of Search.

Santa Barbara County birth certificate copy required information

To get a certified copy of a Santa Barbara County, California birth certificate, you will need to complete the online birth certificate application with the following personal details:

  • The full name as stated on the birth certificate
  • The mother's full maiden name
  • The date and place of birth

Santa Barbara citizens applying for a long-form copy of a Santa Barbara birth certificate must make sure to indicate in which category they qualify as an authorized person —see detailed information below.

Required documents for a certified copy of a Santa Barbara County birth certificate

Citizens submitting their application for an Authorized Certified Copy of a Santa Barbara County Birth Certificate by mail need to prove their identity and sign the sworn statement of the application form in the presence of a notary public.

Qualified applicants submitting their request for a long-form birth certificate in person must sign in front of the Santa Barbara County Clerk and do not need the services of a notary public for this purpose.

Applicants requesting an Informational Certified Copy of a Santa Barbara County Birth Certificate do not need a signed Notarized Sworn Statement.

Proof of identity can be provided using any of the following government-issued identification documents:

  • 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

Who is eligible to apply

An authorized certified copy of a Santa Barbara County birth certificate can be ordered by:

  • The certificate holder, a parent or legal guardian of the certificate holder.
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the certificate holder.
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record.
  • An attorney representing the certificate holder or the certificate holder’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the certificate holder or the certificate holder's estate.

How to Request an Apostille for a Santa Barbara Birth Certificate

Citizens born in the city of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, or the rest of Santa Barbara Countyy, CA who need to present their birth certificate outside the territory of the United States need to make sure their document bears an apostille to grant it legal validity abroad.

To get an apostille on a Santa Barbara birth certificate, follow these simple steps:

  1. Order a certified copy of the Santa Barbara County, California birth certificate
  2. Include the certified copy of the SD County birth certificate, a cover sheet stating the country in which the document will be used, a self-addressed envelope with pre-paid postage
  3. Upon receiving the certified copy of the Santa Barbara County, 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

Santa Barbara County Birth Certificate Cost

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

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

  • Personal check
  • Money order
  • Cashier check

Santa Barbara birth certificate applications processed in the California state vital records office call for a $32 fee.

Applications submitted by post or handed in person at the Santa Barbara County Office carry a $34 fee.

Please note that the fee varies depending on whether you submit your Santa Barbara 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, check, money order or by credit/debit card, although a surcharge may apply.

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

Santa Barbara Birth Certificate Processing Times

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

In most cases, your Santa Barbara County birth certificate order will be filled within 3-4 weeks. However, some vital records may take longer due to peak demand periods.

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

Unfortunately, rush orders are not available for Santa Barbara County vital records at this time. Therefore, it is advisable to request a copy of your birth certificate ahead of time so as to avoid delays.

This is especially important when you need to present your Santa Barbara County birth certificate for a procedure that has a strict deadline, such as school enrollment, retirement planning, or having a passport issued in time for a trip abroad.

Walk-in service means the applicant has to visit the Santa Barbara County Vital Registration counter early during office hours and wait in line. The fees, in this case, are higher than when sending your order to the California State Vital Records Office. Due Covid-19 walk in service is not available.

If the record is found on file at the same county office, it may result in same-day issuance of the Santa Barbara, 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 Santa Barbara County Clerk’s office may sometimes process requests faster than the state vital records office.

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

Therefore, unless you are sending your application to the State of California Vital Records Office, it is advisable to submit a Santa Barbara birth certificate application at the office where the birth was first recorded, whenever possible. That way, you can be sure that the search will result in the long-form certified birth certificate being issued.

In some cases, applying at a different county office may result in the bureau issuing a short-form birth certificate instead of long-form should they not have the full file on location. In other cases, you may be issued a document stating the birth record was not found.

FAQs About Santa Barbara County (CA) Birth Certificates

  • Where to get a copy of a Santa Barbara birth certificate with a County seal?

    The most convenient way to get a certified copy of a Santa Barbara birth certificate is to apply online.

    Once you have filled out your Santa Barbara birth certificate application and gathered the necessary documentation, you can obtain a full-body certified copy of a birth certificate with the embossed County of Santa Barbara seal by sending your birth certificate application at the following address:

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

    The state vital records office will then issue the Santa Barbara birth certificate and you will receive it by mail at your chosen address.

  • What information do I need to obtain a birth certificate in Santa Barbara County (CA)?

    To request a certified copy of a Santa Barbara County birth certificate you must be a qualified applicant and fill the form with the following details:

    • Full name on the birth certificate
    • Date and place of birth
    • Mother’s maiden name
    • Valid identification (current state Driver’s License/photo ID preferred)
    • What qualifies you to obtain a long-form copy of the Santa Barbara birth certificate
  • How much does a Santa Barbara County birth certificate copy cost?

    Each copy of a government-issued Santa Barbara County, California birth certificate carries a cost for the record search.

    The fee for a Santa Barbara birth certificate varies depending on whether the applicant sends their birth certificate copy application to the state of California or the Santa Barbara County vital statistics office.

    Santa Barbara birth certificates issued at the state office carry a cost of $32. Meanwhile, birth certificate copies filled at the Santa Barbara County vital records office carry a cost of $32 per copy.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy of a Santa Barbara 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 document requested in a single form.

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