The Stanislaus County Office of Vital Records registers an average of 9,000
births and 4,000 deaths per year.
STANISLAUS COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES AGENCY OFFICE OF VITAL RECORDS
The Office of Vital Records reviews and registers all births, deaths, and fetal
deaths that occur in Stanislaus County in accordance with state guidelines.
Further, Permits for Disposition of Human Remains are issued through this office.
All original certificates are transmitted weekly to the State Office of Vital
Records (OVR). Prior to transmitting the original certificates, copies are made
for the County Clerk-Recorder. Certified copies are issued when a request is
received in our office along with the properly completed forms and the current
The information that is collected from these records provides valuable health
and research data. This data allows health authorities a means of studying health
problems and evaluating health programs; provides information to government
agencies for education research; and provides planning for population estimation
and for maternal and child health.
Home births are registered by appointment only with the required documentation
provided by the parents. Home birth packets can be obtained by contacting our
Assist unwed mothers in placing the fathers name on a birth certificate
by use of The Parent Opportunity Program (POP).
Provide assistance to persons who wish to amend records.
Our office has birth and death records available for the current year and the
previous year ONLY. All other previous records can
be obtained at the Stanislaus County Clerk-Recorders
or the State Office of Vital Records at:
S T O P!
Did you know the guidelines for requesting birth and death
records have changed?
Due to the increase in identity theft, new laws have been passed, effective
July 1, 2003, to protect birth and death certificates from misuse.
New Law Effective July
Effective July 1, 2003, the California Health and Safety Code,
Section 103526, will permit only authorized individuals to receive
certified copies of birth or death records. Those who are not authorized
by law to receive a certified copy will receive a certified copy
INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT
TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY.
The law describes an authorized person as:
- 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 Section
3140 or 7603 of the Family Code.
- A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of
another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting
- A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic
partner of the registrant.
- An attorney representing the registrant or the registrants
estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed
by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrants
- A funeral director ordering certified copies of a death certificate
on behalf of an individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5),
inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and
In order to obtain a Certified Copy on or after July 1,
2003, you MUST complete the sworn statement
included with the death certificate application form and sign the
statement under penalty of perjury. If you mail your request, your
sworn statement must be notarized. If your mailed request indicates
that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized
statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected
as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. (Note:
A funeral director ordering copies on behalf of an individual specified
in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section
7100 of the Health and Safety Code is not required to complete the