Frequently Asked Questions - Adoptions


Your birth certificate is available anytime and can be obtained from this office if you were born in Berkeley in 1989 or later.  If you were born before 1989, your pre-adoption record was sealed and a new Birth Certificate was created for you.  Contact us, by phoning (510) 981-5320, to find out if your record is on file at the City of Berkeley Vital Records office.  We can request your Birth Certificate from the State Registrar if it is not already available in our office.  Please see below the approximate wait times for the following types of requests:

  • Medical Emergency or employment: 2-3 business days
  • Counter or Mail-In Request (including certificates for passports): 7-10 business days
  • Genealogy: 12 weeks

The court where you adopted the child usually reports the adoption to the California Department of Public Health and a Birth Certificate is created after they receive the paper work from the court.  Please click here to obtain an electronic version of the State Manual which describes the entire process for you.