Office of Vital Records

IMPORTANT NOTICE

We are open! As of Monday, March 8, 2021, we have resumed our walk-up counter service for the purchase of birth and death records to the public. We will be following COVID-19 safety protocols. Temporary business hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If you want to purchase a record that took place prior to 1987 or if you need a marriage certificate for any year, please go to the Clerk-Recorder website at www.ocrecorder.com.

Effective January 1, 2022, the Orange County Vital Records office will increase vital record fees for certified copies pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 128 (Chapter 21, Statutes of 2021).

Certificate Type

Current Fee

New Fee – Effective 1/1/2022

Birth

$28

$32

Death

$21

$24

Fetal Death

$18

$21

 

WALK-IN CUSTOMERS:

To purchase a birth or death certificate in person, you will need the following: 

1.   Application for Vital Record (English and Spanish)  

        If purchasing a certificate in person, do not complete or notarize the second page of application.

2.   A valid government-issued photo identification 

        I.D. must be for the individual purchasing the record. 
        We do not accept expired identification.

3.   Pay fee ($28.00 per copy for birth certificates and $21 per copy for death certificates) 
        For walk-in customers we accept: cash, check, cashier’s check, money order and credit/debit.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAIL ORDERS:

To purchase a birth or death certificate through the mail, please include the following:

1. Completed Application for a Vital Record (English and Spanish)

2.    Notarized Sworn Statement (2nd page of application)

3.    Check or money order made payable to OCHCA

4.    Postage paid, self-addressed return envelope

5.    Send above items to:

                                    Office of Vital Records

                                    200 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 100-B

                                    Santa Ana, CA 92701

Note: If no record is found, Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 103650 requires our office to retain the fee and issue a Certificate of No Public Record.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE ORDERING:

To purchase a Birth or Death Certificate online, please go to www.vitalchek.com. VitalChek is a 3rd party online ordering service and orders will include VitalChek service fees.

The following services will remain open via appointment only

FUNERAL DIRECTOR SERVICES

Funeral Director Services will remain open by appointment only for shipper letters and will-call pick of death certificate orders. To make an appointment, email deathregistration@ochca.com.  Death certificate orders and burial permit payments can still be dropped off in the Funeral Director office drop box.

BURIAL PERMITS ISSUED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

The general public can obtain a burial permit via the mail or in person by appointment only. Please visit the Burial Permit Instructions for the General Public webpage link for more information.

OUT OF HOSPITAL/HOME BIRTH REGISTRATION

Out of Hospital Birth Registration will remain open by appointment only. For more information, visit the OHB webpage link.

 

NOTICE: Our office has moved to a new location.

The new address is:

Park Tower Building
200 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 100-B
Santa Ana, CA 92701


The Health Care Agency Office of Vital Records is responsible for registering all births and deaths that occur in Orange County. Certified copies of birth and death certificates and burial permits can be purchased at our office. Our office also registers all Out of Hospital Births for babies that were not born in a hospital. Note: We do not verify whether records are registered or ready for purchase over the telephone. Allow 10 business days after the birth or death event for record registration and availability for purchase. If no record is found, Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 103650 requires our office to retain the fee and issue a Certificate of No Public Record. Birth or death certificates are also available for purchase at the County of Orange Clerk-Recorder’s Office after 30 days of a birth or death. If the birth or death took place more than two years ago, the record should be purchased at the County of Orange Clerk-Recorder’s Office. For more information, visit www.ocrecorder.com.

Address:
Park Tower Building
200 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 100-B
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Click for online map

Public Garage Parking:

The Park Tower parking garage is located off of Sycamore St. ($1.00 per 15 minutes or $4.00 per hour)

Metered Parking:

There is metered parking located behind the Old Orange Courthouse and along Sycamore St. ($0.25 per 10 mins or $1.50 per hour).  We do not validate parking.

Telephone:
(714) 480-6700

Hours of Operation:
7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Monday – Friday, except holidays

We are closed the following legal holidays:
New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day

Fees:
Birth Certificate:        $28.00 per certified copy
Death Certificate:      $21.00 per certified copy
Burial Permit:            $12.00 per permit

Application for a Vital Record: (English and Spanish)