Effective July 1, 2003, there are two types of certified copies of birth and death records:
- Certified Copy: This is a regular certified copy identical to those issued prior to July 1, 2003. These will be issued only to authorized individuals as defined by Health and Safety Code 103526 (see list below). A Certified Copy can be used to establish the identity of the person named on the certificate.
If you're requesting a Certified Copy, you MUST also provide a notarized Sworn Statement (see below for more information).
- Certified Informational Copy: This is also a regular certified copy, but it will have a legend across the face with the statement "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY." A Certified Informational Copy cannot be used to establish identity. Persons who are not eligible to receive a Certified Copy can receive a Certified Informational Copy.
If you're requesting a Certified Informational Copy, you DO NOT NEED to provide a Sworn Statement.
Both of these documents are certified copies of the original document on file with our office. With the exception of the "legend," they are exactly the same and contain exactly the same information.