How To Obtain Original Birth Certificate From the Superior Court

You may be able to obtain a copy of the original birth certificate by filing a petition under California Health and Safety Code Section 102705 in the clerk's office of the county superior court where you reside (if you live in California), or the county where the adoption was finalized. In your petition, you must show good and compelling cause for the granting of the order. It is at the sole discretion of the court as to whether the original birth certificate will be unsealed.

Please contact the clerk's office of the county superior court where you reside or where the adoption was finalized on how to petition the court. Use the link below to find the appropriate superior court’s contact information.

If You Receive an Order From the Superior Court to Unseal the Original Birth Certificate submit the order and a $20.00 fee to the following address:

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

For more information about how to obtain the original birth certificate from the Office of Vital Records, please contact them directly at:

Phone Number: (916) 445-8494 or (916) 557-6074
Email: VRMail@cdph.ca.gov
Website: www.cdph.ca.gov