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Office of Vital Statistics
Office of Vital Statistics

 How to Request a Birth or Death Certificate

Direct Link to the Application Forms:


1947 Center St Berkeley, 94704

Vital Statistics window hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM  (NEW hours starting August 2, 2021)

  1. Walk-in to submit completed application (please complete sections 1-3 before going to window and then wait to sign in presence of the counter clerk), payment and show valid proof of ID
  2. Certificates will be available for pick up on next Vital Statistics business day (M-W 8:30 AM - 12 PM) or can be mailed.


Send the application form with a notarized sworn statement (*) with your check or money order made payable to City of Berkeley.  Indicate the number of copies you want.  Your request will be processed within 4-6 weeks from receipt.  Please include your current and correct return address.  We cannot be responsible for returned mail. You have up to three (3) months to follow-up on your request. 

Send the information to our office address: City of Berkeley - Vital Statistics, 1947 Center Street, 2nd Floor Berkeley, CA 94704 or you can drop off your notarized application and payment in our drop box outside of 1947 Center.

(*) The Notarized Sworn Statement is only required if you are requesting Certified Copies of Birth or Death Records.  There is no need of notarization if you are requesting Still Birth or Fetal Death Record.

NOTE:  Out of country payments must be made in U.S. dollars.

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The City of Berkeley Vital Statistics Office does not accept credit cards for online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent third party company that we have partnered with to provide you this service: VitalChek Network, Inc. 

VitalChek can be reached either through its website, www.vitalchek.com  or phone number 1800-669-8312.  An additional fee (US$ 7.00) is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

To request a copy of Birth or Death certificate by internet, please go to VitalChek.com. All orders received will be processed for shipping within 7-10 business days.  Express delivery fee is $20.00 (subject to change by overnight carrier).   International and Saturday deliveries may be arranged for an additional fee.  The Express delivery carrier will not deliver to a P.O. Box address.


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Office of Vital Statistics, 1947 Center Street 2nd.Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: vitalrecords@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-5320
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