Stockton (CA) Birth Certificate Online

Stockton, 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 Stockton birth certificate mailed to you.


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Many government bureaus are processing online and mail-in applications although they are closed to the general public. Turnaround times in government agencies may be affected during the quarantine.

Applying for a vital records certificate now is advisable since it allows citizens to secure their vital records as soon as possible.

Regardless of whether you need a certified copy of a vital records certificate for a specific need or to keep on file, complete your application today.

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Stockton, CA Birth Certificate Replacement

Citizens born in the city of Stockton or inthe San Joaquin County issued a California birth certificate as soon as their birth is officially registered with the OC Clerk/Recorder.

This essential legal document is a mandatory requirement for several U.S. official processes, such as when a Stockton citizen needs to:

  • Obtain a government-issued identification document, including a passport, a social security card, a driver’s license, amongst others
  • Enroll in school university, or sports activities
  • Get married

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

Applying for a legally-valid copy of a Stockton, CA vital record can be conveniently done online, eliminating the need to wait in line at a vital statistics office.

Ordering a Stockton, CA birth certificate online is a quick and straightforward procedure. The form takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and we provide personalized instructions to help you complete your birth certificate application with ease.

Once your Stockton birth certificate replacement application has been processed, you will receive an official copy of your vital record directly to your home address.

Stockton, CA Birth Certificate types

These are the specific types of birth certificate copies that can be issued in Stockton, CA:

  • Long-form copy of a Stockton, CA birth certificate: a government-issued copy of the original document, the only type that can be used for legal purposes.
  • Short-form copy of a Stockton, CA birth certificate: an abstract of the birth record that only shows the individual's basic information. Also known as informational copy. It cannot be used for legal purposes.

Long-form authorized copies are the only certificates that can be provided to prove identity, nationality, and age and are necessary for several bureaucratic processes such as applying for a U.S. passport or Social Security number.

Official copies 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.

How to Get a Certified Birth Certificate in Stockton, CA

To order an authorized copy of a Stockton (CA) birth certificate:

  1. Fill out the birth certificate application (available by clicking the button at the top of this page) with the required information
  2. Print and sign it in the presence of a notary public
  3. Mail it to the California vital records office with the necessary requirements, a prepaid self-addressed envelope, and payment (as detailed in the personalized instructions you will receive)

Your certified copy will be issued and sent by mail to the address printed on your self-addressed postage-paid envelope.

Copies of Stockton 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

Citizens of Stockton or the rest of te San Joaquin County who would prefer to submit their birth certificate application in person, may do so at the following address during walk-in hours —although this usually entails waiting in line:

San Joaquin County Recorder-County Clerk
44 N. San Joaquin Street, 260
Stockton, CA 95202

Please note that as of May 3rd, 2023, U.S. citizens and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driving license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.

Stockton birth certificate requirements

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

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

Applicants submitting their birth certificate application by mail may be asked to sign the application form in the presence of a notary public as well as providing a sworn statement.

Citizens filing their Stockton birth certificate application in person may be required to sign their form in the clerk’s presence upon arrival eliminating the need to have it notarized.

Citizens applying for a certified copy of a Stockton birth certificate need to prove their identity and that they are over 18 years old.

Proof of identity can be provided using any of the following 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

Some applicants may be required to comply with additional conditions or provide additional documentation alongside the Stockton birth certificate application depending on their relationship with the certificate holder.

For example, proof of guardianship, marriage, a court order, or copies of vital records may be needed to verify the relationship between the applicant and the person named on the certificate.

Who is eligible to apply

An official copy of a Stockton 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.

Please note that the documentation that must be presented alongside the Stockton birth certificate application may vary depending on the person requesting the vital record.

How to Request an Apostille for a Stockton Birth Certificate

Stockton County, CA citizens 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.

This can be done by following these simple steps:

  1. Order a certified copy of the Stockton County, California birth certificate
  2. Include the certified copy of the Stockton County 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. Upon receiving the certified copy of the Stockton, CA birth certificate, mail the complete document 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

Documents being mailed via any other service (e.g. Fedex, UPS, DHL) can be sent to this address:

Notary Public Section
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mail documents via the United States Postal Service should be sent to:

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

Stockton Certified Birth Certificate Cost

Requesting a copy of a Stockton, (CA) birth certificate carries a fee. The filing fee of each copy of a birth certificate is $29. Extra copies of the same Stockton birth certificate ordered within a single form carry a cost of $29.

Accepted payment methods include personal checks, money orders, cashier checks, and business checks.

Please note that the fee for your Stockton birth certificate application may vary depending on whether you submit it at the state vital records office or at the county vital records office.

Stockton Birth Certificate Processing Times

In most cases, your Stockton 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 Stockton, California (CA) birth certificate by post, delivered right to your door.

Important note: Birth certificate processing times depend on whether your order is sent to the State Vital Records Office or your County Vital Records Office. Some county offices may issue a short-form birth certificate copy _unless _they are requesting a certified copy of a birth record originally filed in their office.

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

Although this usually requires waiting in line for hours, it may result in same-day delivery if the applicant visits the office where the birth was originally recorded.

California Vital Records Office

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 Stockton 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, in most cases, unless you are filing at the state vital records office, it is advisable to submit a birth certificate applicationat 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.

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

FAQs about Stockton (CA) Birth Certificates

  • How much does a Stockton birth certificate copy cost?

    Each copy of a government-issued Stockton, California birth certificate carries a fee of $29 per copy.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy of a Stockton birth certificate within the same form to keep a duplicate on file for future use or for your records. Additional copies of a birth certificate requested within the same order form carry a cost of $29 per document.

    Please note that fees may vary depending on whether you submit your birth certificate application at the state vital records office or the county clerk’s office.

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

    Getting a government-issued copy of a birth certificate in California usually takes 3-4 weeks to process. Unfortunately, rush service is not available at this time.

    The surefire way to get a certified copy of a CA birth certificate issued directly is to have our experts revise your application before you mail it. 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 Stockton vital records office can send your birth certificate directly to your door on the first try.

  • How can I make a change on a Stockton, California birth certificate?

    To correct the name on a birth certificate in Stockton, California:

    1. Order a certified copy of the Stockton, CA birth certificate that must be corrected by filling the online form (available by clicking the button at the top of the page)
    2. Fill out and notarize form A VS170 Application to Amend Certificate of Birth. Minors need both parents to sign the form before a notary public to prove they agree to the change or correction
    3. Provide required affidavits or evidence of correct spelling to support your request. Changes or amendments that need to be made to an Stockton birth certificate can be requested through the California Department of State Health Services
    4. Pay fees
    5. Request a certified copy of the amended birth certificate (applying online is the most convenient)

    California Dept of State Health Services Address for Stockton birth certificate amendments:

    California Department of Health 1501 Capitol Avenue
    Sacramento, CA 95814

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