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Obtaining Birth, Death, and Marriage Records
In an attempt to stop the illegal use of
birth and death certificates, and as part of the effort to reduce identity
theft, there has been a change in California law and the way that certified
copies of birth and death certificates are obtained. Effective
July 1, 2003, there are two types of certified copies of birth and death
AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY and
INFORMATIONAL CERTIFIED COPY. The first type 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 California Health and Safety Code Section 103526. The second type is
also a regular certified copy; however, it will have a legend across the face
with the statement
"INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY."
The Recorders Office also serves as Registrar of Vital Statistics. This means
that every birth, marriage and death record dating back to 1851 is "of
record in the San Joaquin County Recorders Office. All such records appear
on the computerized index in our office, and are on 16mm or 35mm film. A
certified copy of such records may be obtained for a statutory charge.
This service is not for purchasing a license or certificate, but for obtaining a
certified copy of a license or certificate that has already been issued.
Fee schedule can be found at the above link.
San Joaquin County Recorder
44 N San Joaquin Street Suite 230
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 468-2630 Fax: (209) 468-8383
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30
A computerized index from 1851 to 1905 is maintained for public viewing. To view a record or obtain a certified copy, a request form must be filled out containing the following information:
For Birth Records:
Name of Child
Place of birth
Date of birth
Sex of child
Last and first birth name of mother
Last and first name of father
Name of applicant
Telephone number of applicant
Address of applicant, city, state and zip code
For Death Records:
Name of deceased
Date of death
Place of death
For Marriage Records:
Name of bride
Name of groom
Date of ceremony
Place of ceremony
When an applicant is able to furnish the above information, they may either view a copy of the certificate or purchase a certified copy of same.
How can I get a copy of a
A complete Coroner Report includes the scene investigation prepared by the deputy, the autopsy report prepared by the pathologist, and the toxicology report prepared by the laboratory. Once the case is completed, it is ready to be released, typically about 90 days after death. Coroner Reports are public information.
Reports dated from 1974
to the present are in archives in the Sheriff's office. These reports are
the immediate legal next of kin and $25 to anyone else. Reports prior to 1974 are on microfiche and are under the control of the Superior Court and require a reference number from the Sheriff's office.
For more informatiom
On the FAQs pull down menu bar, select CORONER's OFFICE
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