ORDER YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE ONLINE
The California Office of Health Information and Research is in charge of a database that gathers birth records of all registered births in the state between 1905 and 1995.
This birth record database is known as the California Birth Index, or CABI, in short.
The California Birth Index records keep an abstract of an individual’s California birth certificate, which includes the following details:
The births listed in the California vital records index also contain a county code to help identify and trace locations of a birth or search the archive. The codes used for each location can be seen below.
|40||San Luis Obispo|
|41||San Mateo Cities|
CABI is available online at californiabirthindex.org and ancestry.com. Users can easily access the information in the California Birth Index through either of these websites. Anyone with the full name and gender of the citizen they are searching for can access the data compiled within the CABI database.
Eligible individuals who need more information about the citizen they are searching for in the CABI may order a birth certificate replacement. A certified copy of the birth certificate will have more details since the information available on the CABI is an abstract of the original birth record.
The way adopted persons are listed in the California Birth Index varies. Some adopted citizens appear in the CABI under different names, while others are not listed at all.
Adopted persons listed in the CABI may appear under:
Some critics have argued that California Birth Index information aids in identity theft. In fact, the CABI does not pose a risk for citizens since it doesn’t give users a copy of another individual’s birth certificate.
The CABI merely makes an abstract of the information contained in the actual birth certificate available. Although CABI is a critical genealogy tool, it has also raised privacy concerns.
In this regard, it is essential to remember that short-form birth certificates are publicly accessible in the State of California. California short-form birth certificate copies bear the statement: "Informational, not a valid document to establish identity" across the front of the document.