State Law

CHANGE IN STATE LAW
(THIS NOTICE APPLIES TO ALL PERSONS/AGENCIES WHO REQUEST CERTIFIED COPIES OF BIRTH OR DEATH CERTIFICATES.)

Legislation that went into effect July 1, 2003, requires our office to be able to issue 2 different types of certified copies to requesters: unrestricted or informational copy.   In an attempt to make identity theft more difficult, SB 247 requires that persons requesting certified copies of birth and/or death certificates sign a statement, under penalty of perjury, that they are authorized to receive a regular certified copy.

If you claim one of the relationships listed below, then you are considered "authorized" to receive an "unrestricted" certified copy. If you cannot claim such a relationship, you will receive a certified copy with a stamp on the face of the document that states "Informational: not a valid document to establish identity."

Health and Safety Code 103526(c) defines an "AUTHORIZED PERSON" as one who is:

Health And Safety Code

Visit the California Legislative Information Website for a complete view of the Health and Safety Code:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/calawquery?codesection=hsc&codebody=&hits=20