Birth and Death Certificates
What is this service?
SPECIAL NOTICE: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the Vital Records office will be closed from 12:00 to 1:30 for staff training.
Public Health is able to provide certified copies of certificates for births and deaths occurring within the last 2 years within San Luis Obispo County. Births and deaths that occurred prior to that may be obtained from the Clerk Recorders Office.
Who can use this service?
Anyone can use this service.
Is there a charge for this service?
The following are fees for this service:
What is the process?
Step 1: Submit Your Application
You can submit your application in the following ways:
- In person. Complete your application and submit in person at the address below.
- By Mail. Send the completed, notarized form, along with a check or money order (made payable to SLO Public Health, in the required amount) and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays. The office is located on the lower level of the Public Health Department.
Location, directions and hours of operation
Click on location name to show hours of operation, directions and phone information
Public Health Department SLO Clinic
2191 Johnson Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Tel: (805) 781-5500
Fax: (805) 781-5543
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay by credit card?
If you would like to pay by credit card, fax the completed form along with your credit card information to (805) 788-2999, or call (805) 781-5514.
How do I correct or amend an existing birth or death certificate?
You can correct or amend an existing birth or death certificate by following the instructions for amending a birth or death certificate.
What if the birth or death happened outside of SLO County?
IN ANOTHER CA COUNTY
If the birth or death occurred in another California County, find and contact the associated County Clerk Recorder in that County to obtain a copy.
IN ANOTHER STATE
If the birth or death occurred in another U.S state, check the appropriate state requirements to obtain a copy.
OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY
If the birth or death occurred abroad, visit the State Department’s website for information on documenting a birth or death overseas, or requesting replacement copies and/or amendments to original documents.
What is the Electronic Death Registry System?
CA-EDRS is California's system for electronic death certificate origination and registration. The system allows coroners, funeral directors, doctors, and hospitals to submit electronic death certificates, allowing for faster processing times.
Who can receive an authorized copy of a birth or death record?
An Authorized Certified Copy can be used to provide identity, and is only given to someone authorized to receive it. The law describes an authorized person as:
- The Registrant (Name on Certificate)
- Parent/Legal Guardian
- Spouse/Domestic Partner
- Attorney of Record or person with power of attorney (please provide copy of POA)
- Authorized by way of Court Order
- Licensed Adoption Agency
- Law Enforcement/Government Agency for official business
- For Death Certificates, a funeral director for official business
Those who are not authorized may receive an INFORMATIONAL Certified Copy with the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY" imprinted across the face of the copy and the social security number and all signatures redacted.