California Health and Safety Code, Section 103526, permits only authorized individuals to receive certified copies of records. Those who are not authorized by law to receive
an authorized certified copy will receive a certified copy marked
"INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY."
The registrant or 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 official business.
A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.
An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate, or any person
or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant
or the registrant's estate.
Any funeral director that orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf
of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivison (a)
of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code.
In order to obtain an Authorized Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement
included with the 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 Authorized 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.