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 Vital Records

Online, Searchable Databases

*If you find a person listed in this database, it's important that you use the ADD or POSTEM link and leave a message as to the relationship and what you know on this person.

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 records, 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

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. 

Official Autopsy Reports

How can I get a copy of a Coroner Report?

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 free to
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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