Copies of Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates

How to obtain this service…

In person:
Available by appointment only at the Hall of Records location at 222 W. Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino, CA 92415. Prior to scheduling an appointment, customers must first complete a Request for Copy application by clicking the link below and notating the application confirmation number (SST#) displayed once the application has been submitted. After submitting the application, customers should call (855) 732-2575 to schedule the in-person appointment. Failure to follow the procedures outlined above will result in delay of service and a rescheduling of your appointment.

By mail:
The Recorder-County Clerk’s office must receive a completed application from an authorized person that is signed under penalty of perjury and notarized. Estimated processing time is 4-6 weeks.

Online through VitalChek:

Vital Record copies can be order online through a third party vendor VitalChek. Additional service fee charges will apply. Note: Processing time can vary and may take up to 3-4 weeks.

San Bernardino County only has records of births and deaths that occurred in San Bernardino County or marriage licenses that were purchased in San Bernardino County. Copies of marriage certificates may be purchased approximately two weeks after the original marriage license is received and recorded in the Recorder-County Clerk’s office. Only the parties to the marriage may be provided a certified copy of a confidential marriage record.

For all other vital records you must contact the county in which the event is registered or contact the California Department of Public Health at (916) 445-2684.

Additional Information

Certified Copies
A certified copy is a copy of a primary document that has on it a stamped seal of San Bernardino County signifying that it is a true copy of the primary document.
Informational Copies

The Recorder-County Clerk’s office must receive a completed application. An informational copy will display a legend that states “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY.” The statement shall be placed on the certificate in a manner that will not conceal information.

Informational copies should not be purchased in order to obtain a driver’s license, social security card, state I.D. card, passport, or for insurance claims or coverage.

Authorized Persons

The Recorder-County Clerk’s office may provide a certified copy of a birth, death, or public marriage certificate to an authorized person only.

  • The registrant or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant.
  • 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 in order to comply with the requirements of FC3140 or 7603.
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.
  • 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.
  • Any funeral director who orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of any individual specified HSC7100, paragraphs 1 to 5.
Correcting/Amending a Birth or Death Record

For information on various services such as:

  • Certified copies of fetal death and still birth certificates
  • Adoptions or changes in paternity
  • Court order name changes
  • Out of hospital birth

Contact the California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records.

Adoption/Name Change

If you are requesting a copy of a birth record of a child who has been adopted, or had a legal name change, contact California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records.

Divorce Decrees

The Recorder-County Clerk’s office does not maintain court records. If you are searching for a divorce decree, you will need to contact the court in which the divorce was filed. San Bernardino Court

Birth, Death, or Marriage Outside of California

If you were born in another state, write, or go to, the vital statistics office in the state or area where the event occurred. Where To Write for Vital Records

Fees

Birth Certificate: $28

Death Certificate: $21

Marriage Certificate: $15

Complete Fee Schedule, click here.

Due to COVID-19, in-person Vital Records requests, Marriage Services and Records Research are available at the San Bernardino Hall of Records location, by appointment only. All other services remain available by mail, email and phone.

To book an appointment, call (909) 387-8306

Email Recorder-Clerk Staff

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