Who can purchase certified copies of births, deaths and marriages?
Only persons authorized by California Health and Safety Code 103526 are able to obtain Authorized Copies of birth, death and non-confidential marriage records (effective 01/01/2010, AB 30). Here is a convenient list of who is “authorized” according to the above mentioned code:
Registrant (i.e. the person named on the certificate being requested)
Member of Law Enforcement or Government Agency conducting official business
Attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate
Funeral Establishment agents or employees acting within their scope of employment on behalf of any individual specified in this list
Adoption Agency complying with Sections 3140 or 7603 of Family Code (Birth Only)
Informational Copies, which are issued through AND redacted by the Statewide Data Base, can be obtained by parties able to complete the request form which includes information to sufficiently identify the record being requested.